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

Cameron & Nadene McIntyre | Founding Partners

You need a business plan. No, you don’t need a business plan. In full disclosure, I say that with a caveat. If at some point you find yourself and your business in the venture capital or acquisition universe, you will need documents that could resemble a “business plan”. Not having a “business plan” does not mean not having a plan for your business. One is a very specific document the other is absolutely necessary. We never created a “business plan” for Punch Gunk. We did however spend months researching our competition, the marketplace, the customer, vendor relations, logistics, financing… We created lists, databases, spreadsheets, and graphs. All of our research was approached with one question in mind, will our idea work? The take away I want to emphasize is the practical vs. theoretical. Read more>>

Jessie Santiago | Hairstylist & Salon Owner

There are two pieces of conventional advice I disagree with: 1. Don’t get too friendly with your employees. This feels completely backwards to me. I feel like without a personal and loving relationship with your employees, you open yourself up to an atmosphere that stunts creativity and flow. People are people. We need to feel connected. Most people who choose to do hair have a love for humanity, so being kind and compassionate comes with the package. We, as stylists, want our clients to feel comfortable and safe in in our chairs, right? So why would that be any different when it comes to employer/employee relationships? As a salon owner, I feel as though I have two sets of people I work for, one is the client coming in to get their hair done and the other is the artist working behind the chair. I believe my biggest job as a leader is to create and foster a comfortable environment that is fertile for growth. Read more>>

Valorie Hubbard | Business Coach & CEO

You have to get an agent to have a successful acting career. It is not that I think it is a bad thing, agents are great it’s just that the way actors are taught to get an agent to get a career creates a larger problem, the problem is that I find actors waiting until they get an agent. If you are standing still and nothing is happening in your career the only agent you are going to get is an agent that is standing still. However if you are moving forward in your career you will get an agent that is moving forward. Read more>>

Sandra Long | Executive Coach

A college degree is essential or important for success. I’m a life long learner, so I am not against education, I just don’t believe it should be a screening device for employment opportunities. Asking someone out of high school to pick a major is so difficult without having work experience. It’s been my experience that everyone learns differently and our best learning comes from on the job training. The road to success is not a straight line, more like a crazy curvy road, trying to apply a one size fits all approach is unrealistic, oh and not to mention very expensive. Read more>>

Nelson Estevez | Actor & Film Maker

“Focus on one thing.” I would agree with, “One thing at a time” but I remember being told this while playing sports throughout high school and college. I was always a “Multi-Hyphenate” and would try other jobs out in order to understand every moving, functioning piece. Once you understand how the machine works, then you understand what is needed more effectively from you at your primary position. this can be applied as an actor, businessman, etc. Read more>>