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?

Andrea Hoang and Jason Edelstein | Co-Founder The Salt Lick Records

Our community makes our success possible. We started The Salt Lick Records for Denver, and we’ve been able to tell already that the people that make up Denver’s music scene really have our back and are rooting for our success. So many people we’ve worked with have asked us how they can help us. Along with that I think collaboration is really important when you’re building a business in the music industry. There’s a lot of skills & services that we’re able to offer in exchange for other services, and every time we partner with someone we’re expanding our network and becoming more integrated with our community. I think it’s easy to assume that you need to view similar businesses as your competitors, but often times you’re serving different niches or practicing different skillsets. We’re also focused on fostering a community within our label. Our artists are already working with each other, and it helps that they’re all fans of each other’s music. Read more>>

Tyler Pollock | Performance Physical Therapist

(I’m going to break the rule and give my top two). For me, the most important factors lending to success are empathy and unrelenting optimism. Empathy brings a sense of understanding without judgement to every situation which allows for a safe environment for change to occur. It’s important that people feel heard, understood, and accepted so they can take the next step towards making massive improvements in their health and well-being. Unrelenting optimism is the driving force of my life. I genuinely believe that good things are always on the horizon. If some of that energy can be transferred to others, even if it’s just for a moment, that part of my purpose is fulfilled. That’s not to say that tough times won’t happen. They most certainly do. Optimism keeps those bad times in perspective, so that I can relish the good moments. Read more>>

Jaqueline Marquez | Florist

One, if not the most important, factor behind my brands success is its purpose and intention. My business is a service that I provide for others; however, I want my customers to gain a personal experience when booking my services. What I do is more so for them than for myself. A phrase that I often use is “I love, love” because I really do. With my business I am able to help spread love. Every single one of my arrangements is made with love and gifted with love by someone special to the recipient. Read more>>

Aundrelyn Knott | Home Stager

I run my company on the idea that we should always give more than people expect to get. Doing all those extra things when we stage a home isn’t really a choice for me personally, I just can’t seem to help myself. Even when I know that the extra effort may not be immediately noticed, I feel that it contributes to the overall effect we have on the properties that we stage. I believe that the details really matter. I’m always telling my consultation clients that people really are taking in every detail when they look at a home. It may not be conscious, but they are noticing things. People especially notice things that are out of place, broken, missing or shabby. They notice cobwebs, missing bulbs, broken electrical plate covers, dirty windows, trash in the yard … the list goes on. We always try to see a home the way a buyer would see it and take care of as many of these details as we can. Read more>>

Annie Cooper | Personal Trainer & Business Owner

To never quit and to focus. Weeks go by SO quickly, and it’s always hard to notice change each week. Well, for me at least. Sometimes I feel like I’m not getting anywhere, and then I look back 3 months and realize that an insane amount of progress has been made. And, sometimes it’s not always the progress you wanted. Sometimes it is failing and learning from it to realize that over the course of time, you’re crossing off all of the things that didn’t work to get you to the thing that will. Read more>>