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.

Niccolo Fraschetti | Entrepreneur, Chef, Scuba Instrutor.

I’ve talked to many seasoned business owners while starting Alive Ferments—great advice from all of them. I was told to have it all planned out many times before even thinking about getting started. Some even refused to share their knowledge unless I had a complete business plan. While many parts of a business plan are essential for the success of any venture, I believe it can be daunting to have all the answers before getting started. The only way to get many answers is to get started and solve issues as they arise. It’s necessary to think ahead and have a rough plan, but it’s impossible to plan every detail. One can do all the research in the world, but you can’t learn how to swim unless you get in the water! Read more>>

Skylar Binney | DIYer and Marketer

I have a mixed opinion of the advice “work smarter, not harder.” While efficiencies can be helpful, cost effective, etc., I find that the hard work and sometimes the longer way is much more rewarding. It’s in some ways synonymous to saying “why take the scenic route when you can take the freeway?” As a crafter, there are many of my creations I could easily buy. It would take far less time and likely be MUCH cheaper. Though, the time, effort, and challenges in creating something out of nothing is what I’m passionate about. Read more>>

Joniece Loya | Creative Designer

That you have to a formal education (college degree) to be successful as an entrepreneur. While I don’t discredit the hard work and dedication it takes to obtain a college degree, it isn’t the only path to success and fulfillment in life. I went to college and majored in Marketing and then went on to my MBA all to land an average-salary job in a corporate environment with no true direction, passion, or room for individual growth. Read more>>