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.

Summer Williams | Boutique Owner / Jewelry Designer

The one piece of conventional advice that I disagree with would be you have to go to college to be successful. Now don’t get me wrong, I am a firm believer in higher education. However, I don’t agree that someone’s success is based on having a degree. We are taught as children to get good grades so you can attend a good college and get a good job. That’s right, get a good job working for someone else! We are actually taught to be worker bees, not entrepreneurs! Pigeonholed into thinking that college is the only way. There are many dirt roads, walking trails, back alleyways, side streets and highways that lead us to being SUCCESSFUL. Read more>>

Justin Frank | Bread and Cheese Eatery Co-Owner – Grilled Cheese Enthusiast

I think a lot of entrepreneurs get caught up in the details and overlook the big picture. Trying to work on and perfect every little detail can become overwhelming and even detrimental. I believe in the make it happen and constantly improve along the way mentality. For example, our first day wasn’t perfect, but we opened anyways, and got better each day. I think that was better than holding off and waiting until everything was perfect, because in reality, it’s never going to be perfect. Read more>>

Abigail Peña | Illustrator & Artist

I’m not quite sure if it’s conventional everywhere, but in Mexico it’s quite common to hear people saying “Fuck school, I learned everything from life” and I really disagree with that. While I understand that the scholar system isn’t for everyone, most of those people advising to get out of school learned at least something from it; whether it is technical stuff, the basics of a trade or even meeting people (or maybe they learned that school wasn’t for them haha). But instead of saying “Fuck school” try to make the most of your school years, talk to you teachers, ask questions, meet your classmates, ask more questions, use the school’s resources and ask even more questions! Read more>>