We asked some folks we admire to share one piece of conventional advice they disagree with.

Michael Chris | Independent Filmmaker & Educator

One piece of conventional advice that I disagree with is to “write what sells.” It was something that I kept hearing over and over while in going for my MFA in Film Production at Full Sail University. It always irritated me. Writing what you believe others want to read and/or watch is the quickest way to kill that spark that inspires you to write and I believe it is the reason why many writers have difficulty finishing stories that they’ve started. The best advice that I’ve ever heard is to “write what YOU want to read and/or watch.” Living by this, will keep you inspired and strengthen that spark that keeps you going. It’ll help you discover your niche as a writer and will give you the motivation necessary to complete each writing project you begin. Read more>>

Jennifer Adams | Business Owner

I disagree with the statement: “As a woman, you can have it all.” Let me first say that I don’t believe anyone (not just women) can have it all, at least not at the same time. I firmly believe and advocate that if we do try to “have it all” that someone will suffer. I’m a mother, a wife, a friend and a business owner. If I attempt to be all things to all people all the time – good grief…something will collapse and I will not only disappoint someone else, I will let myself down. A sure-fire way to set myself up for success is to know ahead of time that this is instead true: “I can have it all, just not all at the same time.” Perfection is not obtainable. I can achieve far more with realistic expectations and I have also set a good example for my now adult children. Read more>>

Jay Laflame | Photographer & Content Creator

“GO TO COLLEGE IN ORDER TO BECOME SUCCESSFUL” I’ve honestly always felt as if college doesn’t determine if your gonna be successful or not. I feel like it’s all about who you are as a person and I what you want out of life. Read more>>