Most people say they want success, but when you ask them what success means you get wildly different responses.  We recently asked some of the best and brightest in our community to tell us about how they define success and have shared their responses below.

Megan Harris Mallory Brown | Wedding Coordinators

When we started Marmaros Productions, we didn’t know much about the wedding industry at all. The only thing we knew was that we loved weddings, planning, and helping others. Through our experience in coordination of stage productions, we realized we worked well together and held similar interests in wedding planning. These passions turned into a business foundation and dream. From there, we began networking as much as possible to meet couples who needed wedding support. We network in a variety of ways, whether it be through engaging others on social media, listening to new couples’ love stories, or seeking counsel from other professionals that entered the field years before us. Even today, networking is one of the most valuable contributors of Marmaros’ success. We began through networking and we will continue to grow through networking. Read more>>

Nancy J. Lewis | Executive and Business Coach & Professional Development Trainer

The most important factor behind my success is my faith in God. As an entrepreneur, faith is necessary as you navigate the highs and lows of the entrepreneur life. Read more>>

Renee Burwell-Billie | Fitness Influencer, Entrepreneur & Studio Owner

I have been in the health and fitness industry for over 15 years. I have found that one of the keys to successful branding in today’s saturated market is authenticity and two, staying true to the ignited passion that fuels the drive. Being authentic and connecting with my customers is something that comes naturally. When you love what you do – the customer can feel it and they want more. They believe in you and in what you are promoting. Eliciting emotions and connecting with the client on these levels becomes very powerful in the deliverance and drive of your brand. I am a very hands on and engaging team player. As an entrepreneur, what I expect of my clients – is often led by example. By putting myself out there – and engaging with my team – WE are the BRAND. Read more>>

Ronnie J Anderson, Jr | Professional Dancer & Emerging Choreographer; Branding, Marketing & Graphic Artist

I personally can’t pinpoint my success to one important factor. I believe there are a few major factors behind the current success of my personal artistry and brand. My personality and goals for life has always been serious and about presenting a product of excellence, whether it was academics, performing arts, or even expressing my personal brand. The drive to want to be more than the stereotypes and stigmas of my hometown and surroundings has always put me in a position to strive for more, network with diverse populations, and be “MY BEST SELF.” My current success could not be what it is without having the support and wisdom of great mentors and parents in my life. Each portion of my life, from an adolescence to a young adult, has been guided and mentored by great and wise individuals pushing me further beyond my comfort and caring for my success. Read more>>

Angela Young | Author & Experience Curator

I’m able to thrive because my morals and values are rooted in self-respect, self-worth, professionalism, and integrity. But it’s my unwavering faith that keeps me grounded and humbled. My grit and believing in myself keeps me prepared for opportunities and obstacles. Furthermore, I understand that part of my purpose is to serve others and create opportunities for those that will come after me. These are the important factors behind my success. Read more>>