We don’t believe success is random. Over the years we have spoken with hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs, artists, creatives, researchers, athletes, and more. We’ve learned from them – both through their stories and through the advice they’ve shared with us – and it’s quite evident that success is more likely when certain habits are present. So, we decided to ask folks to share their habits with us, especially those that they feel helped them succeed.

Ayumi Matsunami | Hair Stylist & Salon Educator

A habit, I feel, that has played a significant role in my success is being organized; both in my personal life as well as my professional life. As a hairstylist, my approach to organization has taken me from an associate position to an educator in the 6 years that I have been in the industry. It is important to me to not only have short term goals but also long term goals written down, and to actively dedicate time to reflect on how to better contribute to my goals. Read more>>

Melissa Adao | Dancer, Choreographer, Educator

Consistent experiences with failure, combined with my drive to become a better version of myself, is where I developed solid habits. I can identify 3 habits and mindsets that have allowed me to succeed in the 20+ years of being a dancer: 1. Consistency: I consider myself a hard worker, and what that means to me is to do the work on days I don’t feel like doing it, and that regardless of what my life is experiencing I should still do the work to the best of our abilities. Read more>>

Diana Bamford | Reiki Master & Chakra Whisperer

Staying consistent on what my heart truly desires. Keeping myself grounded, a positive mindset, aware when the challenges arise in order to process them and grow from them. Great tools I use are gratitude, meditation, listening to music and also inspiring and empowering podcasts. Being in nature, walking, hiking, connecting to my breath and present in my body. When it comes to my business asking for help when needed, hiring Marketing and Business Coaches, joining Masterminds that support my dreams and goals. Read more>>

John Antoski | Artist

One of the main habits that I use to promote my creative work is a simple Instagram post strategy. I alternate between posting a photo and then art. This motivates me to stay active and refreshed. If I only posted art I think I would burn out. I’ve always believed that environment and culture inspire my art, so this posting style is perfect for me! Read more>>

Jorian Goes | Fun Aficionado

Tenacity and staying focused each and every day has contributed greatly to my success. I write a list and prioritize my tasks. As a business owner it is so easy to get pulled into many different directions, understanding the importance of each task and delegating my time efficiently has helped me both personally and professionally. I enjoy being active and working out regularly has been crucial. Read more>>

Josie Rodriguez | Contemporary Encaustic Artist

Perseverance and Courage. Read more>>

Brian Melekian | Entrepreneur

First of all, it starts by waking up early. Some days that means jumping on the bike for a good hour session or getting out for a jog. Other days, getting up an hour or two earlier may just allow me to spend some quiet time focusing on the day. No matter what, getting that extra time in the morning leaves you feeling like you have a real advantage over the rest of the world! Speaking of which, exercise, quality sleep and a healthy diet are some of my core habits, beliefs really. Read more>>

Gabriel Lucero | Mobile Phone Repair Technician

I always try to challenge myself in every way possible whatever it is, easy or hard I’m up for it. Staying ahead of the curve with whats going on in the tech, wireless industry! Also, preparing myself mentally each day has been a huge success, mainly by listening to motivational podcasts everyday has helped & allowed me to get rid of any stress or worries I may have and mentally prepare myself to have a great days at work running my business. Read more>>

Noreen Kompanik | Freelance Journalist and Photographer

I call them the three Ps- patience, persistence, and perseverance. It’s rare that a business takes off overnight. So, it’s important to stay the course, keeping doing what works, and if it doesn’t, be willing to pivot and change course. Read more>>

Katie D’Amato | Doctor of Physical Therapy & Certified Yoga Instructor

My first thought is organization and thriving in structure and stability. What’s funny about that answer is that I often say “I thought I was an organized person until I started a business.” Being a business owner is a whole new level of organization and multi-tasking. It really challenges that habit. However, I think my natural tendency towards being and organized and fairly structured person in my day to day definitely helps me stay focused, on task and succeed in all other areas of business. Read more>>

Smoove J | Event DJ

Their are three things that helped me succeed and that is being a person who people like, know and trust. I remember on several occasions where I heard someone utter those words and I viewed as a sign, so I took those three traits and incorporated them into my business. Read more>>