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.

Jenny Stackle | Founder & Owner

After almost 10 years of working on my business, I have realized that the generalized advice of “Don’t give up!” is actually bad advice. Although it’s given with good intentions, it usually comes from someone who has not been a small business owner or entrepreneur, and doesn’t realize that success doesn’t come simply from working hard enough, long enough; from “not giving up.” I also think the concept of “not giving up” leading to eventual success is actually perpetuated by many podcasts, in which we hear inspirational stories of incredibly successful entrepreneurs reaching that success after years of very hard, frustrating, exhausting work. The message comes across as, “see how I never gave up? And now my company was sold for $100 million.” It can make us, as entrepreneurs, get caught up in the concept of “never giving up equals eventual success.” Read more>>

Reid Carr | CEO

As with many business quotes and conventional advice, I think they are often applied too vaguely. One of the most common phrases we hear is, “Hire people who are smarter than you.” And, while I agree with the idea of hiring wickedly smart people into your ranks, I think that advice, as worded, discounts two essential factors for team success: First, “smart” should inextricably link to “passion.” And second, the team expects its leader to contribute to its success. “Smart” isn’t the only measure by which leaders should judge talent. Brilliant people must also have a passion for the role to have long-term, balanced success. They may be talented, but if they hate what they do, it is unhealthy for both themselves and the team. Leaders need to find people’s passions and place people accordingly. Read more>>

Vanessa Rogers | Eating Psychology & Holistic Health Coach

There’s a theory going around that it is difficult to have a healthy body and fitness level after a certain age, and that it gets continually more difficult to do so as time goes on (and age increases). You heard this here first — that is a lie! Your body will always respond to movement, strength-building activities, and the foods you eat, no matter what your age. That said, we do lose muscle mass more rapidly if we are less mobile over time, but that’s it. Your activity level is something you always have the opportunity to influence and turn around as needed, for the rest of your life. I hear people sharing their health issues or complaints with me and then ending it with, “well I guess it’s because I’m 40.” No! That’s not why! Your age does not define your health outcomes. Your health and fitness levels are always in your hands — no matter what. You hold the key. Read more>>