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.

Kalli Strauser | Photographer

I’ve often found myself struggling with a particular belief among the photography community that you have to confine yourself to a “niche”. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve read or heard someone advising photographers to find their niche and stick with it, whether that be weddings or editorial etc. I believe this type of advice forces creatives into a box and limits their room for growth and expression. I’ve always been drawn to creative fields of work because they are as limitless as ones imagination, and when an individual feels pressured to stay within one style of their creative field they lose the opportunity to experience those limitless possibilities. Read more>>

Justin Fells | Proud Husband & Father. And the CEO of Tech2Home

I disagree with “Fake it until you make it.” Well, I believe in belief itself. You don’t have to fake an idea to make it; you have to think it’s possible & act on “it” to bring it to life. “Faking it” creates an inferior self-image as if you don’t deserve what it is you’re after. On the contrary, you deserve whatever it is you set your mind to. The power of thought and imagination make a reality “Real,” not the other way around. Simply put, don’t go faking it. Instead, believe it as if you’ve already achieved it. Then achieve it. Read more>>

Phillip & Dr. Janice Porter Porter | Co-Founders, Generations Empowerment Enterprises, LLC

The one piece of conventional advice that I disagree with is “don’t hire family”, “don’t work with your family” or “don’t invest with family”. Read more>>

Maritza Avellaneda Martinez | Florist

Florals are expensive. I strongly disagree with overpricing clients! You can make a profit and deliver an affordable price point to your clients. The floral world is constantly changing and we are currently being hit with a floral shortage which is causing a ridiculous price inflation but if you are open to a gorgeous dupe over that $26 peony that is not in season you actually open yourself up to a world of new beautiful florals that doesn’t restrict your florist and allows for a more affordable budget. Read more>>