We asked the community what factors they felt were responsible for their success and we’ve highlighted some of those responses below.

Robert Schein | Managing Director, Partner at Blanke Schein Wealth Management

Blanke Schein Wealth Management wouldn’t be where it is today without our firm’s commitment to a system of values. Blanke Schein Wealth Management started out as a family-run business when my father-in-law, Rick Blanke Sr., and I founded the business together. Our core belief was that our business should reflect the values that are important to our own family, and we’ve always made it a point to extend those values to our clients. Our success is a result of our belief that clients come first, and is founded on the principles of dedication, integrity, transparency, and a commitment to building client relationships. Since then, my brother-in-law, Rick Blanke Jr., has also joined the family business. We can’t wait to provide our services to the next generation of clients and continue to help local families build wealth and create a lasting legacy for their family. Read more>>

Sarah Morgan | Digital Marketing Coach + Educator

Showing up and doing the work. I know we like to think the answer is more complicated or exciting than that. But the real growth in a business comes from figuring out what needs to happen next to move you closer toward your goal and then getting that shit done. Doing the work when you’re tired, when it’s not fun, when you aren’t really seeing results yet. Showing up with enthusiasm even when only two people are paying attention. And I know that from personal experience because literally only two people showed up for my first live broadcast, but now when I host a workshop hundreds of people show up and watch. Most people give up because the road there isn’t always fun or easy, but success is inevitable if you just keep going!. Read more>>

Kimberly Moller | Voice Trainer, Teacher and Coach

The success of my brand is that I don’t just teach singing, I train the human brain and body like an athlete. I’m more like a voice trainer. I’m more interested in helping you figure what is holding you back from belting your face off or singing that high note. It’s so empowering to find something that works for you and helps you achieve goals you never thought you could. Your brain is unique and it’s #1 priority is to feel safe. If that ankle injury has never fully been rehabbed, your brain has a blurry map of that area. It doesn’t CARE about singing high notes if you have a blurry map, pain, or your movement correction system is overwhelmed. Figuring out how to improve your body will help you gain freedom and expression without thinking about technique: which is the goal when you are singing music live onstage. Your threats, known and unknown, must be addressed in the body or the brain to feel that creativity flow and move freely. Read more>

Judy Paster | Artist/Writer

The most important. Read more>>

Liz Brown | Home & Lifestyle Blogger

Everyone has their own definition of success—it’s subjective and varies from person to person. For me, when it comes to the success of my brand and blog, Liz Lovery, success is defined by value. I strive to provide content that my audience finds valuable, useful, helpful, or gives them the knowledge or tools to improve their life in some way. But the key differentiator for me is ensuring that I provide enough value that people want to come back again, or follow along for more. There are a few things that I contribute to my success, the first being authenticity. In this day and age, especially when it comes to social media and online businesses, it’s easy to compare yourself to other people in your niche or feel pressure to just “do what everyone else is doing”. And while many brands have found success with this strategy, I’ve found that NOT focusing on what other people are doing and simply aligning my content with my day-to-day life has proven to be more successful. Read more>>

Marianne Fredericks | Tattoo Artist

I would have to say, the most important factor behind the success of my brand (in my eyes) would be my determination… I knew what I wanted- and I stuck with it. No matter the hardships, or times I wanted to give up.. Now being a respected tattoo artist in the tattoo industry, my perseverance paid off. People see my talents, and appreciate it enough to want my art on them forever.. I appreciate all of my clients who chose me as their tattoo artist. Read more>>