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

Alex Bond | Woodturner

“Be patient and good things will come.’ Three and a half years ago I purchased a dusty old Craftsman lathe from Craigslist, which officially launched my career as a woodturner. Today, I am a professional and award-winning woodturner exhibiting in two local galleries and three national galleries. And, I am opening a woodturning school in downtown Mancos, Colorado in order to create opportunities for the community to connect to the world through woodturning. Needless to say, a lot has happened in a short amount of time. Of the many traits that served as catalysts for my growth as an artist, patience was not one of them. Read more>>

Jenna Santorelli Markl | Culinary Nutritionist

In my line of work, the analogy of “calories in = calories out” really grinds my gears. Just typing this response requires calories (aka energy) for the movement of my fingers. Meanwhile, my organs are also depending on calories to digest my earlier meal. When I go to sleep tonight, my body will rely on calories to replenish and repair my worked muscles. Only one of these examples, the typing, can I physically identify and manipulate so that certainly cannot be the only criteria for how calories are utilized by the body. Read more>>

Maxwell Roath | Artist & Printmaker

I have been making art since I was a kid and when I first chose to continue on the artistic path I didn’t know how hard it would be or the level of growth it would demand in order for success. When I was young pursuing art, I felt it was a way to have fun at my job, and to live an unconventional life from the rest of the world. I didn’t want a 9-5, I didn’t want to sit in an office for hours, I just wanted to share new visual experiences that I was having with others. As I have gotten older it has been a way more intensive path. I have to wear a ton of hats in order to make any success happen. Read more>>