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.

Kim Andrews | Wife, Mom & Entrepreneur

The most important factor behind the success of my brand is my family. My son especially! I’m inspired by the words of encouragement from my husband. He is constantly motivating me to do/try new things. I’m not afraid to fail because if I never try then how would I know it would fail? That’s one thing that keeps me on my toes. My son is the reason I am mother. The reason I can now relate to other moms in a sense of motherhood. They are the most important factor to me. Read more>>

Marlo Meyerhofer | Yoga Instructor & Creator of Backbends and Brews LLC

The success of Backbends and Brews LLC is 100% attributed to the amazing friends & family advocates, a.k.a The Backbends and Brews Crew. They have encouraged me, attended classes, helped brew up new event ideas, suggested charities, sported & purchased swag, donated and recommended classes to others. I am humbled to work with incredible people and business throughout our community. The energy we gain from each other when we support each other and come together to donate to amazing causes is both motivating and inspiring. Backbends and Brews would not exist without them. Read more>>

Chelsy Cannon | Professional Makeup Artist and Esthetician

The biggest factor in the success that I’ve had has been tied directly to my Faith. My relationship with God has been the key to directing my decisions and risks I’ve taken to pursue my passion and start my own business. Read more>>

Cori Brock | Branding Photographer & Videographer

Photography is a true passion of mine. The art that I create with my camera is my contribution to the world. I take pride in developing a brand for small business owners. Atlanta has been a great city to do that. I have created book covers for authors, website and social media content for upcoming professionals, and client portfolios from head shots to products. I spend time gaining an understanding of your business so that I can translate your message into visuals for the audience. Ultimately the goal is to provide digital content to take your business to the next level. Read more>>

Ramirez Leslie | Business Woman

Using my ability to communicate and connect with others, for the greater good. I focus on really helping and giving back to the community. Everything I do – I think and strategize to find ways to benefit everyone, not just myself. I enjoy helping as much as I can. Read more>>

Kesha Denise | Boutique Owner & 24/7 Fashionpreneur

Success is the accomplishment of an aim or purpose, so for me – my success is having a peace of mind. My peace of mind comes from my relationship with God. Period. Then from there is my attitude. My attitude is to wake up, give thanks for being alive, be unapologetically me and go for what I know! And what I don’t know, be willing and open-minded to learn. Read more>>

Jeff Kagan: Wireless Analyst, Telecom Analyst, Industry Analyst, Columnist

I started my own business more than thirty-five years ago. At the time the communications industry was very different. There was not Internet, no wireless. There was only local and long distance telephone and cable TV. I started writing and publishing my take on the changing industry and my name became well known over time. Today, I have become one of the best known Wireless Analyst’s and columnists in the business, but it took work and time. Over time I have built one of the strongest and most trusted brand names in industry, and through my work as an Industry Analyst, columnist and speaker, I always strive to be honest, share my opinion, tell the truth as I see it and help the industry and competitors continue to grow as the technology continues to change. Read more>>

Nik Fields | Celebrity Chef, Entrepreneur & Restauranteur

The most important factor behind the success of my brand is I am my Brand. I embody exactly what the brand Chic Chef Co. represents. Normalizing luxury in the Culinary field has been an amazing journey. I believe In order to be successful with your brand , first you have to love what you do. Read more>>

Tres’ Moore | Co-Founder of TGLiVE Band

The most important factor is passion! People often go into this industry chasing money! If the passion, and desire, and love is there, the money will come. Read more>>

Shudi Nelson | CEO, Music Producer, Music Composer, Audio Engineer, A&R

The integrity of the business. Regardless of what we do & try to accomplish, long as we keep the honesty & loyalty among each other, we’ll never lose when it comes to achieving our goals. Read more>>

Roy Broderick Jr | Diversity and Inclusion Superstar & Multicultural Marketing Maven

Atlanta influences everything, and I know just about everyone in Atlanta–whether they move in creative, corporate or civic circles. And if I don’t know them I know someone who does. That is not hyperbole. It’s a fact. Understanding the “power of relationships” has been the secret sauce of me building both my personal and company’s brand. Whether it was clear to me how someone could possibly help me or just someone I was connected to through my network, I treated each relationship like it was me meeting a superhero. This included impromptu lunch meetings, coffee chats, or very early dinners but I made sure to understand the person behind the title; what did they like, where was their hometown, did we have similar values? These were all questions that I’d ask and just like in any partnership. Read more>>

Joseph D. Smith | Business Owner & Visionary

Giving people the absolute best mobile notary experience they could ever imagine when they need me the most. Read more>>