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.

Maria Okpeh | Salon Owner & Master Braider

My definition of success is the presence or ability to use your pursuit of joy , happiness , purpose to inspire others on their journey as well. Read more>>

Pablo Alfaro | Violin Maker & Restorer

When I made the decision of becoming a violin maker, I had vision and ambition on how to achieve my objectives. With hard work, responsibility and discipline, I have been able to enjoy every day, doing what I love to do. Read more>>

Isaac “E Maejor” Ezemba | Singer-Songwriter

Honestly the way I define success is different from others. I believe success for me means I can continue to make music and have a lot of people relate and appreciate my music. It would be nice to support my family and myself with the music but at the end of the day, I want to make music for people like me. I want to motivate artists from my city and wherever to keep grinding and don’t let mainstream music prevent you from being great. Be yourself and don’t ride the wave. Let everything be organic and grow as a person. Read more>>