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.

Christina Coblish, DC | Upper Cervical Chiropractor

A piece of conventional advice I disagree with is the idea that you must be a jack-of-all-trades to succeed in business. As an upper cervical chiropractor, I chose to specialize in ONE thing: delivering highly specific corrections to the neck in a gentle and precise way. I do not incorporate massive amounts of PT modalities, massage, or pretend to be a master at working with chronic low back injuries. This means I can always be relied on for my ‘one thing,’ the upper cervical spine, and can work to master my craft in this sensitive and important location. To run a successful business you must be a master at your craft. I have also learned you must have a good team: hire someone to help you with your marketing, hire someone to help you manage your phones, hire someone to help you work with your finances. Focus on your ‘one thing’ and cultivate a team that can help support the rest. Read more>>

Rachel Hudson | Massage and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation Therapist

I don’t practice goal setting in the traditional sense. I believe in focusing on what your mission is, and why you have that mission. If you’re already showing up every day to do everything you know to do to be successful, and you’re able to flex and pivot when necessary, the results will come on their own. I see a written down goal as symbolizing some sort of finish line, and I prefer to focus on the journey and why I’m there in the first place, rather than an arbitrary goal that can either be unrealistic and discouraging, or shortsighted and limiting to your real potential. Read more>>

Nate Szklarski | Owner of Horror Bar

The idea that being stingy when running or opening a business is the best way to operate for the highest pay out. This is definitely not the case when it comes to the way I like to run shop. I like to supply my customers and my team with the best possible tools, ingredients, experiences, etc. Being smart financially is important of course, but not cheap. Read more>>

Sommer Cleveland | Jeweler

Our society is set up to follow a conventional path and if you deviate you are looked down on or made to feel unworthy and that I disagree with fully. Be true to yourself, if you don’t want to go to college and would prefer to pursue a nonconventional job, do it. If you don’t want to get married and buy a house and have 2.5 kids, don’t. Be honest to yourself of what is important to you and don’t let anyone else tell you it is wrong or make you feel less than for following that path. I tried that once. I tried following the path I thought I had to and it always made me feel like I was hiding and unsure. As soon as I let those walls fall away and embraced being my bohemian (socially unconventional person) self, I felt like myself again. To quote Marilyn Monroe, “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” Read more>>