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

Emily Szurgot | Young Entrepreneur & Business Owner

Age shouldn’t ever dictate your ability to accomplish something- I don’t think anyone is ever too young to get out there and accomplish something or not educated enough to succeed in something they are passionate about. As a young entrepreneur I often find that my reputation is dictated by my age or lack thereof, even though I’ve done my research and put in the hours. Every once in a while, I stumble across a stranger that quickly discredits me & my business because of my age and inexperience. Read more>>

Ben Tufts | Musician & Educator

Although I dabble in other instruments inside and outside of the percussion family, drumset is my forte. I guess what might set me apart from others is that I don’t confine myself to just one genre, and I do my best to let my own voice shine through underneath the songs I accompany, without taking anything away from the story being told. In the world of drumming, you can loosely group most folks into two categories: “pocket” players and “chops” players. Read more>>

Judi Holler | Keynote Speaker, Best Selling Author, and CEO of Haus of {&}

“Fake it until you make it.” I’m calling BS. I think the only way to make it is to “make it until you make it”. This means that yes you will fail, yes you’ll have to muster up your courage, yes you’ll have to act more confident than you feel most days BUT, and it’s a big but because I cannot lie, (pun intended) “faking it” is a dangerous invitation. Here’s why: Creativity is my soul, my true self, connecting with your soul and your true self. So, if this is the case then it’s dangerous to “fake it” or hide, or copy someone else or be something & someone you are not because you will then connect with the souls of people who connect with things that aren’t authentically you. AND THIS is a recipe for disaster because you will end up resentful, doing work you don’t love, feel like a fraud, and ultimately end up miserable AF. The bravest thing you can do, from the very beginning of anything you do, start, or create is to simply be YOU. Read more>>