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.

Andy McRory | Architecture Photographer

“Be a jack-of-all-trades so you maximize your opportunities.” I disagree and think that being a specialist, instead, is one huge key to success as a photographer. Find the niche that actually inspires you, fits your skill set, matches your interests. For me it’s architecture and design – as Ace Ventura once said, “I don’t do people.” Read more>>

Anthony Orisses | Founder of RARE CUT

My biggest piece of advice would be to start it off as a side hustle while simultaneously working a job that helps you fund your passion project. A ton of the stress of starting a new business stems from all the unexpected costs that will quickly mount up. I’ve heard speakers go on stage and say “If you don’t like your job quit today and pursue your passion” which definitely riles up the crowd but more often than not misguides entrepreneurs. While I agree that you want to work towards doing what you love, starting a business without a regular paycheck from a job or not having lots of money already saved up will add to the stress you’re already inevitably going to encounter. Work that job as long as you can and when you are financially able to make your side hustle your full time job then make that switch and don’t look back. Read more>>

Michael Jones | Percussionist

I think the first major implication is that in this sentence “love” and “work” are mutually exclusive. Work has a negative valence here: it’s clearly something to be avoided or spared from, and “loving” is a relief or an antidote to it. But I think in general all the best things in life take quite a bit of work, and do forever! The more I love something the -more- I want to work for it. I think this adage overlooks the positive potential of work: we can labor and create and have those be positive forces of meaning in our lives, rather than obligations that rob us of an otherwise enjoyable life. To borrow from Hannah Arendt, “work” is really one of the main things we have to navigate the human condition. Just because you love something however, doesn’t mean that you’ll never have negative feelings about what you’re doing. It’s not a question of “good” or “bad” as much as it’s a question of intensity. Work only feels like a negative activity when there is a lack of intensity towards it. Read more>>