We asked some of the city’s hidden gems to tell us about what they feel is the most important factor behind their success.

Young Nino | Rap Artist

For me, it’s the consistency. I have a good habit of staying consistent, on my grind, and hustling hard to continuously build my brand. I also have a good habit of cutting off negative things that aren’t contributing to me or my brand being successful. It’s a lot of fake people out here showing fake love really waiting and watching for your downfall. That’s why I only keep the real ones around me. Read more>>

Emanuel Akins | Musician, Semi Truck Driver,

Discipline is very important, focus on your purpose and limit the distractions. Surround yourself with others who have the same drive as you or more. Read more>>

Ufuoma Oyibo | CEO and Clinician

I like to work within the following 5 principles: 1. I work with integrity. I think it’s very important to operate like someone’s watching, when no one is watching. 2. I expect excellence and not only do I expect excellence, but I try to operate in excellence as well. 3. I really value networking. A great network creates a community of great companies, entrepreneurs, and employees. 4. I think it’s highly advantageous to hire referrals for contracts and special projects, but especially employees. When I hire referrals I create an employee investment that usually offers a solid return on investment. 5. I also believe that you get what you pay for. Favors are good, but paying people for their services is always the best reward for work. Read more>>

Alxndr Coke | Musical Artist ,Videographer, and Photographer

One habit I feel like has helped me succeed is finding the drive to get something objective done each day that will push me towards my goal. Remembering that by putting in constant work everyday even when I don’t want to is what is going to make that difference in the end. Read more>>