While it’s inspiring to read high level summaries of success stories, we think it’s just as important to learn about what drove the success and made it possible. We’ve asked some of the brightest folks we know to open up about what they believe was the most important factor behind their success.

Kris Phillips | Dog Photographer

The biggest reason I’ve been successful as a pet photographer is that my work really comes from my soul. There’s just nothing else that lights me up like creating a stunning image for a client. No matter what challenges come my way, and there have been a LOT of them, quitting is never an option. When things get difficult my only option is to figure out how to get better. But I think that’s the secret to any successful individual. Read more>>

Zachary Booth | Musician

The most important factor behind my success has been my dedication to music. Being a musician is hard enough, with little to no compensation for streams, shows, etc. As an independent artist, I rely on myself to promote my music, get interviews, and book shows. I think most people are unaware of what that looks like. It is hours and hours of emailing, researching, creating a brand, maintaining social medias, and more! I wouldn’t be where I am at right now if it weren’t for my dedication to working full time as a musician. I love what I do! Read more>>

Magali Wuarin | Artist and Owner of Fifth Element Jewelry

The most important factor behind the success of Fifth Element Jewelry is that fact that I genuinely love what I do and my inspiration comes from the heart. Since I started my business in 2015, I’ve tried to steer clear of trends that tend to circulate through the metalsmithing community and instead have developed my own voice and style. The artists in my field (and people in general, for that matter) that I admire the most are the ones who aren’t afraid to express their true authentic selves. It is very powerful when you can sense a person’s authenticity shining through what they do, and it draws you right in. As Terrence McKenna says, “Share your art, share your soul.” I believe that little bit of soul in each of my pieces is what draws people into my work, and has allowed me to continually grow my business. Read more>>

Alejandro Brown | Entrepreneur, Brand Builder & Digital Marketer

The single most important factor behind the success of my brand, I-70 Things, is authenticity. Although it can be boiled down to one word, in no way does that mean you need to solely do one thing to achieve this. Authenticity is derived through a process of understanding your target consumers very well. For example, in my case, my target community and the topics they most relate to I’ve found out through trial and error. Some of these important relatable and desirable points are pertinent information, exciting content and a shared passion for the outdoor lifestyle that so many of us here in Colorado enjoy. Read more>>

Amy Snyder | Owner

From a personal standpoint, the most important factors behind my success are confidence, mindset and the willingness to get uncomfortable. Trust me, I have ‘days’ like everyone else. That said, I do try to keep a positive mindset and see the learning moments as well as the positives that exist in all situations, especially on the toughest situations. I am always a work in progress but I have to lean in and trust myself to lead by example and make strong decisions because I know I am capable of greatness. And, so long as I am willing to embrace the uncomfortable, the stressful and the uncertain moments, I will continue to grow and evolve and so will my businesses. Read more>>

William Burke | Extreme Adventure Enthusiast

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Darla Gray | Children’s Boutique Owner

Intentionality. The vendors I choose to work with all have something special about them…either the exceptional quality, ethically produced/fair trade, eco-friendly, kind, compassionate and women-owned. I have been in this side of retail for almost 5 years, and during that time have been able to cultivate great business relationships with many vendors that I greatly had admired previously. It’s been wonderful to grow with them, support them, and watch our businesses evolve as consumer style changes. Staying away from fads and passing trends, and keeping a classic approach to style has been beneficial to the longevity of the business. And I really appreciate my vendors that understand that approach and continue to create adorable pieces, with a purpose and with intention. Read more>>

Maddie Pflugh | AKA Stripes: Tattoo Artist

I would like to talk about the success of my brand, Mad Ink by Stripes. While there are a million things that make a business grow and thrive, one of my biggest driving forces is my mission statement. Mad Ink by Stripes is a unique tattoo company built to help you express yourself to the world. Our custom designs and dedication to our clients, creates an incredible community that anyone can be apart of! We want to know you, know your story, and be a small part in helping you express yourself. This company was made so you can share your stripes, your pride, your creativity and your hardship with everyone. This idea alone helps me remember why I love what I do. The community I continue to create around my business has filled my life with new connections, hardworking friends, and a desire to express myself as much as my clients! Read more>>

Brenna Freestone-Gilbert | Floral Designer

At Bloom Floral Boutique we embrace the artistry of flowers. Our arrangements are custom designed for each client, with thought and attention put into each detail – the occasion; favorite color; favorite flower; the recipients personality & style – are all taken into consideration as we create a floral work of art. In fact, our designers often come to flower design from a different artform. We believe each arrangement is a living, breathing sculpture created to communicate your thoughts and feelings with those you love. Read more>>

Orcun Saripolat | Music Producer / Owner of Funky Bear Studio

Although I believe personal life and business life should stay apart, I also strongly believe that your character, your choices and decisions that you make in your personal life also create the path of your career in your business life. If you struggle to manage your personal life, there is a good chance your business would end up in failure. Most importantly, there were turning points in my life like everybody else. Sometimes you have to make drastic decisions that most people would be afraid of for finding the right way, or live with the crooked one that you are in. I calculate the risks and take action. If I ever hesitated, I’m sure I couldn’t be where I am right now. Read more>>

Dr. Matthew Pennetti | Neuro-Structural Chiropractor

The biggest factor behind our success is our approach to health. Prime Chiropractic is different from the traditional chiropractic offices. A traditional chiropractor focuses on treating symptoms, short-term relief, and increasing ranges of motion. This approach can be very helpful, it’s just not what we do. At Prime Chiropractic, we specialize in Neuro-Structural Restoration. We focus on correcting core problems in your spine that may be contributing to your pain, and may also be contributing to things you’re not aware of yet. Read more>>

Hunter Thompson | Cinematographer & Filmmaker

One of the most important factors behind my success as a young creative & cinematographer would be crafting a trusted team of fellow collaborators. As I have gone through this journey of becoming self-employed and continuing to follow my passion for cinematography, the more I’ve realized just how important it is to surround yourself with great people. As an example, whenever it comes to a project, it can easily become overwhelming or stressful both before production and on-set. Read more>>