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.

Alejandro (Alex) Martinez | Photographer | D.P.

“Those who can’t do, teach.” I hate this saying. Also, it’s incredibly disrespectful to teachers. If you think you are good at something, teach it, and you will quickly discover how little you know. Years ago, I thought I was a hot-shot photographer regularly shooting on-model for L.V.M.H. That same year, I was approached to teach photography part-time at a college in California. I barely held it together that first week of instruction as I was inundated with great questions and perspectives that I had never considered. Read more>>

Adam Sass | Author

I disagree that writing is a job. Writers are always defending themselves that what they do is a job, not a hobby. It’s neither. A job usually pays you health benefits and a 401k. As a writer, you’re more like a small business owner, but the shop is you and the products are your works. When you open a small business, you need to weather years of putting more of your own money and sweat into it than you get back. It shouldn’t be that way, but it is. This mindset helped me weather the years before writing became profitable for me. Read more>>

Maggie Jenson | Personal Wellness Mentor & Behavior Change Specialist

“Success comes from hard work and HUSTLING” I was once under the impression that this sentence HAD to ring true, that the earning of money and creating something out of nothing was exhausting and grueling. I believe most of us in fact are programmed to see success in this manner through our societal linguistics like “grind” and “execute” – all suggesting an elite level energy-expenditure in order to reach goals. Read more>>

Kara Simmons | Multi-Media Personality Ms. Parker””

One pearl of wisdom, that I’ve heard throughout my life that I strongly disagree with was that there was an age limit when you could pivot professions. I used to always hear that you had to be locked into one solid career when you are young and in your 20s. I went against that. I didn’t invent my multi media personality “Ms. Parker,” until I was already in my forties. Society, social media, everyone says that you have to do certain things when you’re really young. I say that you can pivot your career, you can create an entirely new career at any time in your life, at any age, and it can be successful. Read more>>