We asked some of the city’s rising stars about why they think they have been so successful and we’ve shared their responses below.

Adonis Blackwood | Donis Studios CEO, Photographer & Filmmaker

My ability to adapt and overcome adversity. Often times we are faced with challenges that intimidate us and may even force us to divert from our plans or worst, quit. The goal is to never quit, a warrior ethos that I embodied throughout my military 7 year service. Quitting is easy, perseverance is not however, the reward to persevere is worth fighting for. I would wholeheartedly say that is what allows me to be successful each day I decided to take on a new endeavor. Read more>>

Dustin Hodges | Motorsports Team Owner & Marketing Specialist

Willingness to do anything it takes. I learned a long time ago there is no such thing as “my job” and “your job” I have never asked someone to do something I wasn’t willing to do myself. Also a major factor is passion for the work. Creating a business in an industry which would be a hobby if it wasn’t a career, means it never feels like work. Even when we are looking at 18 hour days, it never feels like work. Read more>>

Oyindamola Kolawole | Contortionist & yoga instructor

One habit that helped me succeed is self discipline Read more>>