Every overnight success we’ve seen has been years in the making. And those overnight successes are rarely because of an amazing idea or a stroke of luck. We asked some of our favorite folks from the community about what characteristics are at the heart of their success story?

Kyndra Bailey | Designer & Business Owner

I love keeping my business personal! Getting to know my customers through social media and interacting with them there is my favorite part of owning my business. I often even include them in the design process. Read more>>

Ariel Pohl | Wellness Coach & Professional Dancer

I think the most important factor behind my success is that your success is always a learning curve. As a pro Dec to insist in every area of my life, I always thought things had to look or feel a specific way before you decided to leap into something. Read more>>

Grace Woolf | Voice Coach

My motto and mantra throughout my career has always been “ain’t no such thing as can’t sing” – it’s been my lifelong mission as a voice coach to prove that sentiment to every single singer that has walked into my studio over the past 13 years. Read more>>

Jason Zaffuto | Managing Director and Penetration Tester

I spent eight years in the US Army as a Military Intelligence Systems Maintainer/Integrator (33W). During this time, I learned a tremendous amount. Not just learning about my job, but how to be a leader, Read more>>

Alyssa & Ryan Stauffer Kendra & Chase Lovins | Co-Owners of Seedhouse Coffee in Steamboat Springs, CO

We believe our success lies in our commitment to valuing, honoring and prioritizing relationships – relationship with our partners who grow the beans, our customers, our community, with the environment, Read more>>

Chin Ly | REALTOR & Fitness instructor

Taking risks and accepting failure! Throughout my life it’s been mostly downs however, without those obstacles I wouldn’t be who I am today. I’ve had a lot of failure and mistakes in my life, but going through those has shaped my success. Read more>>

Michael Ford | Karate Sensei and Kickboxing Instructor

The most important factor behind my success and the success of Surge Kickboxing is the community we have created. As a business owner, I take great pride in treating each customer like my family. Read more>>

Dave Pendleton | Contemporary realist painter & illustrator

I created this artwork as an exercise in relaxation. I also paint black and white portrait work. My portrait work is detailed and labor and time intensive. During coffee breaks, I would relax my eyes and brain by sketching random stuff. Read more>>

Ashly Azzurro | Business Owner/Naturalist/Artist

Aside from all of the moving pieces, I would say the most important asset to our business – are the people we work with. Our company is designed to provide pet care services by partnering with local independent contractors. Read more>>

Michele Davies | Owner/Baker/Decorator

For me, it’s perfection or as close to it as I can get. Nana’s cookie Corner is my life and how I keep Nana’s memory alive so everything I do, every order I take, I put my all into. Read more>>