Through our work we have been constantly amazed at the incredible things people in every neighborhood are working on. What’s even more exciting is that they all have different stories, backgrounds, strengths and weaknesses. That there isn’t a single formula for success means that everyone can take their unique set of strengths and characteristics and turn it into a success story. We recently reached out to some folks we admire and asked them what characteristics they feel are responsible for their success.

Desiree Keen | Co-Founder & Head Baker

We believe the most important factor behind our success is sticking to our mission of placing “Love Above All Else.” It’s definitely not always the easy path – rarely, in fact, and we certainly aren’t perfect at it. There’s just something magical that happens when we set aside fear or the traditional business mindset and instead make our decisions from a place of love. That may sound idealistic and possibly naive but we’ve seen time and again the miracles that can (and do) happen from that place. This is not to say there aren’t incredible amounts of hard work and strategy that go into running the day to day aspects of our business, but it is our mission that always carries us forward… and that mission is undoubtedly the reason for our success. (It always starts with your “why” – thank you, Simon Sinek.) Read more>>

Sarah McKinney | Go Giving Realtor®

The most important factor behind my success is my mindset. Henry Ford has a famous quote, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.” Many times in my life I have told myself negative things, some very surface level, and others very deeply rooted and depressing. I also believed the negative things others would tell me, and repeated them to myself so often that I didn’t know I was doing it. Like the time a really popular girl in high school told me my feet were ugly. I never paid attention to my feet (or anyone else’s) until then, yet I became suddenly self conscious about my feet for years! I told myself every time I went shopping for shoes that my feet were ugly. This sounds so silly, but this was just one of many negative thoughts I told myself that limited what I did with my life. Read more>>

Brianna & Callie Frey | Co-Owners

From day one we have always strived to stay true to our values, and who we are as a business. We knew that every client who walked through our doors would not be the perfect fit, and that is okay. We have always wanted to attract like-minded people to help create the culture we want inside our studio walls. By knowing that not everyone is for you has allowed us to successfully grow with clients who are 100% committed to what we do. Read more>>

Emily Ruyle | Co-Founder

Back when I helped people create or enhance their own online businesses, I noticed a common theme, and that was that no matter how easy you can make selling products online, only 3% would stick with it. The most important factor in the success of WodBottom is that we stuck with it no matter how discouraging it felt. And there were a lot of rough days and months where we didn’t know how we would keep going. My partner and I had the courage and full hearted belief that we would be successful, which is how we got through the darker days. Building a business is HARD, but if you have the patience, courage, and a partner that balances out your weaknesses, success can be around one of the next corners. Read more>>

Megan Hanson | Co-Founder & CEO

The most important factor behind the success of High Ride Cycle is our community of instructors, team members, and riders. Our team is definitely sick of hearing me say this, but I always say that “you can teach technique but you can’t teach passion and personality”. Our team has just that — PASSION. We’ve had instructors audition with us and people interview with us that have great experience, but may not be the best culture fit so we have decided against hiring them. The fitness industry can be very competitive and we are not interested in competition with our team or our riders. We believe in providing a safe space for all where riders and team members feel welcomed, supported and comfortable from the second they walk in the door. We believe that the energy we put out into the world is the same energy you get back. Read more>>

Scottie DeVille | Tattoo Shop Owner

Longevity, quality tattoos that are done correctly will last a lifetime. Read more>>

Evelyn Knuckles | Owner & Fashion Buyer

Most important factor is determination, passion and hard work. Having the most inspirational and faithful clients who have continued to support the business during this trying time for retailers and the world in general. Read more>>