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

Ivana, Diana and Ashley | Salon Owners and Hairstylists

“Go big or go home” never sat well with us, even though that was our initial direction. As new business owners we wanted to provide the best of the best products and aesthetic to our clients, but our pockets said otherwise. We were on the hunt for an $80,000 loan, in the middle of a pandemic, and we were denied week- after week. We associated success with a build out that would cost us weeks in delaying our grand opening and “high end” products to retail and use on our clients. The goal was to “go big” because we weren’t going to let rejection send us home. After a sit down with our contractor, who’s had years of experience in business, he expressed its ok to start small with little to no debt and work towards the luxury we eventually wanted to deliver. That was the best advice we could have received, instead of carrying the burden of debt weighing on our shoulders, we are becoming profitable at a faster rate. Read more>>

Julie Kitzes | Freelance Illustrator and Artist

The biggest conventional advice I hear is the notion that if you just work hard enough and hustle you will be successful. This comes from the idea of the American dream and that equal opportunity is available to anyone with the proper work ethic, but it’s simply not true. Though effort and perseverance are definitely big factors in achieving one’s goals for success, it’s often overlooked how big of an impact things like race, gender, socioeconomic status, and disability have on creating an un-even playing field. Though people can overcome these obstacles and still be successful, it takes a lot more work when you’re starting out with less of an advantage, and whether born with privilege or not, success is often equally hinged on opportunity, timing, social connections, and sheer luck. This is not to say, “give up”, but rather to encourage others to not be so hard on themselves if they’re not yet where they want to be, and to certainly not compare ourselves to other “successful” individuals who have all had completely different circumstances and life experiences. Read more>>

Kathie Jacobsen | Chief Wedding Imagineer

When we first walked on to the property in 2013, we found the views breathtaking. It was so beautiful that I wanted to find a way to be able to share it with others. Secondarily, as I head towards retirement, I was seeking a way to have both social interaction and to keep my mind engaged and sharp. This was of the utmost importance since I watched my dad and grandmother passed away from Alzheimer’s. Read more>>