We asked folks we admire to share one piece of conventional advice that they disagree with.

Alexandra Shadrow | CEO of Trailblaze Consulting

The saying, “fake it til you make it” has never sat well with me! Now the founder of my third successful company, Trailblaze Consulting, I know from experience that being REAL is key to the success of any business. Read more>>

Erron Jay | Actor, Musician, Writer, Professor, Kidney Survivor

Rest when you’re dead. Read more>>

Lauren Rascoe | Multi-faceted Creative & Consultant

I have never agreed with the idea that we as people have to choose one thing; one thing to do or one thing to be, for the duration of our lives and careers. As humans, we are complex and have a multitude of desires and interests that can change over time. Our bodies are made of up 60-70% of water and we should allow ourselves to be fluid and adaptable just like it. Read more>>

Tajae Keith | Artist

One piece of “conventional” advice that I disagree with as an artist is the fantastical idea folks seem to have about being a starving artist who has to suffer for their art to be worth anything. I think it’s absolutely awful that the narrative society has created around the careers of artists is so detrimental to our mental health, our financial security, and our overall ability to survive in our professional field of choice as anyone else does. Read more>>

Augustine So | Film Editor

In Hollywood, there is a sentiment or assumption that you have to fake it till you make it. After all, filmmaking is a business of make-believe, and faking it is just part of the process. And every famous producer has some crazy stories that are borderline fraudulent or even illegal. But I don’t believe this is always good advice, especially when certain aspects of filmmaking can be dangerous. Read more>>