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.

Emily Bolton | wedding and elopement photographer

“Getting married at a young age is a mistake.” I got engaged when I was 20 and married at 23. So many people in my life have said not to get married young, but to wait until your late 20’s or even early 30’s. However, getting married in my early 20s was the best decision I ever made. Nothing has been better than being able to grow through life alongside my best friend. Now as a wedding photographer, I get to relate with so many others who have chosen similar journeys. I am not saying to marry the first person you fall in love with, but when you find the right person and you feel confident about what you have- there is no reason to throw that away for the sake of youthfulness. Read more>>

Emyrald Sinclaire | Spiritual Life + Manifestation Coach

“The harder you work, the more money you make.” I have easily disproven this in my business. I used to work 80 hours a week when I owned a cafe and was barely getting by, drowning in debt. And when I started my coaching business, I stepped in with the same pattern and energy. Working way too many hours for not enough pay. But everything really started to shift when I started to embody a different energy. The clients and cash showed up! I now understand that it’s not so much about WHAT you do but the ENERGY you are in when you do it. Read more>>

Stephon Black | Real Estate Broker, Restauranteur & Boom Irrigation Specialist

One piece of conventional advice that I disagree with is “hard work pays off”. That’s not to discourage anyone from working hard, you should always work hard, but understand that just because you work hard it doesn’t mean you or a business you start will be successful. Realistically the average millionaire has seven streams of income and roughly 1 in 9 startups make it. With those numbers a person has to try 63 times to create 7 streams of income. In everything I have started I have definitely worked hard, but there are so many factors that contribute to longevity even hard work might not pay off. I have also come to realize that the harder I work and the more experience I have the 1 in 9 has diminished to 1 in 2. Read more>>

Kinyo | Artist, Inventor and Consultant

Focus on One Thing…?? I feel that is among the most impractical advices that is offered. Nobody is able to do one thing. Every single occupation is a collection of dozens of activities. I think what is more important is creating the context for your specific preferred variety of operations. For many there are clear collections of operations. Modern life is adding new essential operations everyday. Using “Video Conferencing” Applications is not easy, but it’s important. I think the correct advice would be organize your focus, and make sure it is sustainable. Sustainability extends across many areas. If you’re great at your job, but having life issues, it’s a problem. If you’re great at exactly half of each it’s a problem as well. So you have to look at everything you are committing to and design a system that allows you to “synergize” your operations. Read more>>