There are so many factors that can play a role in determining our results, performance and ultimately our success, but some factors matter more than others. We asked folks what they felt was the most important factor driving their success.

Emma Mannino | Artist

I graduated with my Master’s in Public Health from Colorado State University in 2016, right after finishing up an internship with the World Health Organization in Geneva, as well as another internship developing and coding an app for the National Park Service. Since then, I’ve been working in web development, and while those job prospects sound awesome and fulfilling, I still found myself longing for more in my work. Read more>>

Nicole Craft | Owner/Artist Custom Sugar Cookies

It’s actually two factors: passion and determination! I have had a passion for baking since I was a young girl, helping my mom and ‘Nana’ bake dinner and dessert for all occasions… Christmas being my favorite, with so many fun and delicious options. My favorite thing to help bake while growing up was our chocolate chip cookie recipe. When I became a stay-at-home mom with young kids, I decided to start making many staples in our home, from scratch. Read more>>

Tara Cochran | Brand Strategist + Designer

As an accountant turned brand designer, I would have to say the most important factor behind the success of my business is having a solid strategy. It’s so easy and an entrepreneur to get caught up in following the latest tactics and trends. Often times I see my small business clients being pulled off track or getting burnt out trying to follow the advice that is tactic or trend-based. Read more>>

Janel Rogers | Fiber Artist & Instructor

My passion for this craft is probably the most important factor behind my success. Plus my true love of connecting with people! Learning a new skill is quite rewarding so students leave each workshop with a sense of accomplishment, memories and the desire to continue creating at home. Passing along that passion makes my heart happy! Read more>>

Jessica La Forge | Ice Cream Aficionado

Several factors figure into the success of any business, brand, or quest of personal satisfaction. Hard work and a strong ability to persevere are key. You also have to take time and patience to build a good team that supports and executes your visions. As the founder and creator of God Save the Cream, Denver, I had to decide whether I wanted to be a chef or a manufacture. Read more>>