We asked some of the city’s rising stars to reflect on what made a difference in their journey.  We asked them to tell us about what they think the most important factor has been behind their success.

Jolene Donahue | Owner, Entrepreneur & Mom

Success is ultimately determined by those around me and those that support Kid to Kid. I try and focus on how we can help the families in our community and the employees that choose to work with us. It can be very challenging to afford to raise a family and getting a great bargain on brand name clothing is something every mom wants. Families can offset the cost of clothing, toys and shoes by bringing in outgrown items and getting paid cash or a trading in for credit towards purchasing another necessary item. We are proud to be flexible with our employees, some who have challenging schedules, health needs or differently abled children. With the changes in online schooling, we closed our play area so that employee children have a safe place to complete their schooling while mom works. It’s not always easy, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. This statement by SuccessConsciousness’ Shawn Lim sums our thoughts up nicely. Read more>>

Claudia Bouvier | Co-founder and Pasta Maker

Pastificio Boulder truly started out of a desire to craft real food that is correct in every possible aspect. From the types of heritage and ancient wheats we use, to how sustainably it is grown and by whom (local farmers), to how it is milled and how wholesome, fresh and flavorful our flour is. From there, we respect tradition by crafting our pastas with Italian made (also by a small artisan company) extruders, using bronze dies which create the optimum texture in pasta for perfect “sauce grabbing” goodness. We also slow dry our pastas at low temperature, to achieve perfect taste, texture and nutrition. Our packaging is 100% recyclable, made out of sustainable, unbleached, FSC certified kraft paper and printed with natural inks. Even the little transparent seal is biodegradable. Read more>>

Dr. Danny Brassell |”America’s Leading Reading Ambassador” & Co-Founder of theReadinghabit.com

Persistence. Never giving up. It took several years for my company to improve our product, market more efficiently and reach the right people. Finally, all of our hard work is paying off. But we would have come away with nothing if we had given up. Former President Calvin Coolidge said it best: “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and will always solve the problems of the human race.” Read more>>

Sarah Porter | Owner & Principal Photographer

As a photographer, I feel there is often a pull between a desire to create beautiful art and giving the best customer service experience to clients. Having clients that are not just content but exuberant about their experience, and the finished product, is first and foremost in my business. The success of my job is not hinged upon how amazing the scenery or the light is in an image. If the couple doesn’t like how they felt in the moment, or they don’t like the look in the finished product, the picture is pointless. Success is checking my ego at the door, listening, and reading the nonverbal cues of my clients to create an environment where they not only feel comfortable but confident in front of the camera. The result at the end is creating family heirloom imagery that my clients will cherish forever. Read more>>

Mitch “KMA” Campbell | Rapper

The most important factor behind my success is my will. I’ve put in the hours, I’ve done the research, and invested my own money into this. More importantly the results are there as well. I’ve past the point of figuring out how I am and what I want to do I just have to stick to it and wait on my day to come. Read more>>

Austin Howlett | Professional Artist

The most important factor behind the success in my career so far has to be the development of a growth mindset. This meaning that I have learned and continue to believe that my abilities are not fixed talents but rather skills that can be improved and developed with time and effort. This has taken time to learn, but it has undoubtably been the biggest key to what I have achieved so far. When I reflect back to when I started to understand the distinction between talent and skill I see that it was my athletic career that was the catalyst. During my college years I was a Division 3 springboard diver as well as an art major and over these four years I found myself walking back and forth between the pool and the art studios. It was in this time period that I started to make the connection between practicing as an athlete and practicing as an artist. If I was able to improve my diving abilities through consistent and purposeful practice, why couldn’t I do the same with my art? Up until this point in my life I had almost always been told that artistic talent was an innate gift and was therefor unchanging. Read more>>

Bri McGrew | Designer & Metalsmith

I’ve always pushed myself to make pieces that I’ve never seen before, which means my work is constantly evolving. That’s been necessary to stand out in a market as saturated as jewelry, but it’s also crucial to sustaining my creative drive. I’m happiest when I’m able to surprise myself. Read more>>

Honour Indigo | Musical Artist & Philosopher

I believe the most important factor behind the success of Honour is my authenticity. Should I choose to fold and put out a sound that is popular at the moment instead of my own, my supporters will feel the difference and so will I. I’d rather put out something that comes from my heart that only connects with a few people over putting something mainstream out that more people like for it’s relevance in music trends. Read more>>

Tripp Gebhard | Wealth Manager / Storyteller

Be yourself and stay vulnerable. Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire. Read more>>

Michele Gwin | Real Estate Agent & Team Lead

The concept of rinse and repeat mixed with discipline and consistency. Read more>>

Becky Mickletz | Brand Designer + Mental Health Activist

1) I failed. A lot. And still do! The rejection, whether it was a client not liking something I produced, not landing a contract, being turned down because of a budget, etc. it all was a form of hearing ‘no.’ I used to have a fear with this 2) My relationships I’ve made and maintained along the way. Read more>>

Jesus Duarte | Nutritionist & Personal Trainer

Not falling into Comfortability. Read more>>

Marsha Corn, LCSW | Owner of The Tangled Ball

In the store, I put on the wall I face a saying…” I myself am made entirely of flaws stitched together with good intentions”. Honestly I feel this reminder, I see every day is the most important factor to my success. When I am having self doubt, I remind myself that I really do have good intentions, when I am feeling a little boastful, I remind myself that I am filled with flaws. The most important thing I can do to keep my business successful is to demonstrate these words in my actions with my customers and community. Read more>>