We love rebels and people who challenge the status quo, conventional wisdom and mainstream narratives and so we asked some really bright folks to tell us about one piece of conventional advice they disagree with.

Cesca | Writer/Actress/Songwriter/Real Estate Agent

“Pick one career path, and put everything you have into that one thing.” In reality I actually agree and disagree with that statement. I am in no way suggesting that a swimmer training for the Olympics should take up a job in marketing….I just feel that for some people, such as myself, I operate better when I have my hands in multiple endeavors. For so long I put everything I had into one project, and if the project was not successful, I was left starting from scratch. Read more>>

Aly Williams | Content Creator for YouTube

#Hussle and #RiseAndGrind. I could not abhor this mentality more. Waking up at 4am does not produce better work, and working 12 hour days, in and of itself, doesn’t mean you work harder than someone else. When I see this style of work promoted by people with a large following, it makes me sad for the people who think *that* is the reason they are failing. As if being forced into longer hours somehow makes a more productive worker. Read more>>

Lawren Marie | Fashion Designer & Owner of LSBYLM

It’s “Never Quit”, for me. Life is constant changes, it’s constant learning and it’s constant endings & beginnings. To find your purpose is truly a journey. It’s full of seasons that come to serve your growth and development; to equip you for your purpose. Yet, seasons are set periods of time and then they end. You are meant to be there but just for the moment. Where there’s seasons, there’s lessons. Where there’s lessons, there’s tests. Read more>>

Charles Lopez | Filmmaker & Creative Director

I think the idea that we all just have to work hard to get what we want is a load of bull. It’s a gross oversimplification that doesn’t take an individual’s socioeconomic or environmental position into account. It implies that an individual’s success directly relates to how hard they work and if they aren’t successful that just means they’re lazy. There is an incredible amount of luck at play when we’re talking about someone’s success and this idea just dismisses that altogether. Ideas like this are misleading and make people believe that if they just follow the rules, work hard, and do what they’re told that they will be rewarded with success. This philosophy has to change. Not everyone starts from the same place or has the same resources. For some of us hard work will only take us so far. Read more>>

Nicole Timakov | DJ & Blended Tea Co. Owner

“No days off” seems to be the motto of this generation and I couldn’t disagree more. As a recovering workaholic, I strongly believe in taking time off not only for rest, but for a sense of inspiration and joy. As entrepreneurs in these fast pace times, sometimes we get caught up in the loop of feeling like if we’re not constantly creating and sharing ourselves with the world, we’ll be forgotten. But in order to share parts of yourself in a genuine way, no matter what your passion is, you have to find balance between work and just existing as a human outside of the things you create. Self care at its finest is listening to yourself when your mind, body and soul are asking for a moment to just be. Don’t feel pressured by the world to feel like you can’t take a break. You put out your best when you feel your best. Read more>>

Elsie Arisa | Actor & Attorney

The notion that you cannot obtain a formal education and pursue your creative/artistic passion. The notion that you have to sacrifice one, to do the other and that you cannot have both. Or the idea that you can either work a traditional 9 – 5 or focus on being a creative. and that you cannot do both. I disagree with that. You can do both. You can pursue both and they can compliment each other. Read more>>

Mynesha Spencer | Chief inclusion Strategist

“Find work that you enjoy doing. It will never feel like work and it doesn’t matter if it doesn’t pay well”. No; definitely find some work that pays you well and know that your passion does not have to be your profit. Of course, it’s amazing if it works out that way. Read more>>

Kelly Wang | Entrepreneur

The advice that following your passion leads to a fulfilling and happy life / career never resonated with me. Years ago when I was at a crossroads in my career, I tried to follow this advice and came up completely empty handed. Where I was passionate, the fit wasn’t right and where the fit was right, there was no passion. It left me completely hopefulness and dejected. I think the truth is that not everyone has strong passions and not every passion is meant to be a career. Read more>>

Anne Watson | Food Photographer, Content Creator, Chef & Food Stylist

The idea that you need a ‘business plan’ or a ‘5 year plan’ in order to start working on your dream. I’ve never had a plan that was written out – I simply followed my passions, knew what I wanted to pursue, rolled up my sleeves, and decided to see where the journey would take me. I find plans that are written in stone to be very limiting. There’s no way you will ever plan things out exactly as they will unfold anyways. And more often than not, things will work out far better than any plan your mind invents. So my motto is, “Be Open” — be open to life, to change, and to unexpected opportunities. Read more>>

Gustavo Chaise | Musician

Well. I don´t think it sounds good when you say people should ”work hard” to achieve something. I do get what they mean, but that sentence sounds like you should carry a burden and suffer you´re way through any process. I think the best advice is to work STEADY, doing it everyday, as much as you have a healthy mindset and don´t extenuate yourself. Some situations you might have deadlines and you´ll have to push through, but in order to flow and to keep you from stressing out, you should work frequently, everyday, stop, be lazy for a while, then comeback, over and over again. And the most important thing, don´t loose focus, so easy these days filled with urgency for everything. Read more>>

J. Anders | Artist / Actress / Entrepreneur

One piece of conventional advice that I disagree with is the saying “work hard and you will be successful”. Unfortunately not everyone who works hard will be successful. There are people who actually invest themselves to perfect their craft everyday and there are those who say they work hard but have the advantage of having the coveted “helping hand” from someone who has already made it in the realm of success. Read more>>

Sammy Todd | Model and Actress

That you need a traditional 9-5 job to be “successful.” My true career success came after I quit mine. For a long time I knew that clocking in and out wasn’t for me. I wanted to be able to build my own dream, not get paid a wage to help build somebody else’s. Read more>>

Justin Tang | Cinematographer & Filmmaker

As creatives, we’re often praised and envied for being able to “do what you love”, to “pursue what you’re passionate about”. And while I am immensely grateful and elated for being able to do what I do, I believe that the complexities surrounding this piece of advice make it difficult for me to throw it around to others. “Doing what you love”, especially within a creative industry, is a blessing and a curse. There’s a certain notion of intensity that you have to hold, a “fueling” of grit and ambition that exceeds just being passionate. Read more>>

Hannah McFaull | Punk, Parent, Bodyfeeding Enthusiast

Conventional advice says to succeed with a small business, you have to appeal to as wide a market as possible. When we first started, we were told over and over again that we should be trying to get our bodyfeeding shirts picked up by mainstream big box stores, or that we needed to patent our design, or pick band shirts to customize that had mainstream appeal. And at the beginning, we definitely followed this. We toned down our language, we didn’t mention our politics in our social media posts, we even chose not to customize certain band’s shirts – just in case we offended or isolated a potential customer. Read more>>

Ashley Harding | Educational Therapist and Advocate

The best advice I received in my twenties was to always have a Plan B and be prepared for the unexpected. While I agree that both are incredibly helpful guidelines to aid a young adult find his or her way in the world, those recommendations perish as you continue to grow and develop. There will be opportunities, relationships, and even great setbacks that will force each of us out of our comfort, stability, and complacency. These are gifts that afford us an even better breakthrough to grow and invest in ourselves, our ideas, and gifts, and begin a new journey to explore ways of being that we never expected. Read more>>

Mark Rains | Recording Engineer/Producer/Mixer/Studio Owner

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