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

Michael Ragonese | Pianist & Artist

When you are young and thinking about whether or not you want to pursue a career in music or any arts, the first thing people tell you is to have a “backup plan”. For example, say you are planning to go to college and are thinking about a degree in music. Most the people in your life are going to tell you to double major in something else just in case it doesn’t work out. In this case you would then have something else to fall back on. I completely disagree with this conventional advice if you are certain about the career you want to pursue. Obviously, to live a good life you must earn a decent salary to support your needs and one day your families needs, Read more>>

Julie Albanese | Psychologist and Learning Scientist

“Stick to what you are good at.” I have found this statement to be very limiting and, for me personally, to lead to a path of unhealthy choices. If I had stuck to what I was good at in Junior High, I would have never pursued my athletic abilities and trained to accomplish a sprint tiatholon. In college, I would have never graduated my with my Bachelors in Psychology and later achieved my Doctorate. If I stuck to what I was good at, I would have never left the safety net of my corporate job and taken the risk to open Fit Learning Inlan Read more>>

 AJ Webster | Education Revolutionary & School Founder – Sycamore School

“Don’t reinvent the wheel.” When people offer that advice, it seems self-evident: don’t waste time redoing something that’s already been done. The assumption is that previous minds have already found the most perfect, elegant solution. According to this adage, we’re better off using our time to make some tweaks to achieve incremental improvement. Read more>>

Emmanuel Williams | Content Creator & Internet Personality

One piece of conventional advice that I disagree with is being realistic. I feel that limits so many possibilities for growth and innovation. For example, back in the early days, the idea of a flying machine was considered absurd and not realistic until the Wright brothers proved the world wrong. Having artificial intelligence, digital currency, and a metaverse today would be viewed as ridiculous 20 years ago. Read more>>

Amber Rainey | Photographer & Entrepreneur

Growing up, I was told, “experience is the best teacher.” I personally feel that education is the best teacher. Learning from your failure works for some people, but in my life I learned that knowing how to prevent failure is even more important. That’s why I am adamant about surrounding myself with people who are educationally successful, emotionally intelligent, and aspirational. Learning from their failures, whether big or small, has helped my path in life plain sailing. Read more>>

Sydney Winbush | Actor, Model & Content Creator

When adults tell kids or young adults to be ‘practical’ or ‘realistic’ when discussing their goals and dreams for the future. Not only is it putting their imaginations in a box but it is also teaching that young adult/child to set a ceiling or cap on what they are capable of. Do not listen to anyone but your heart and soul when it comes to what you want out of this life. You are and can truly be/do whatever you want! People have gone to space! No dream is too big, I promise. Be absolutely delusional if you have to! Dream so big and work so hard (or smart) at it and I promise those “delusions” won’t feel like delusions anymore. You will attain them step by step and in turn teach everyone around you, young and old, that the impossible is indeed possible. Read more>>