All of us are where we are today partly because of our own efforts and partly because of the advice, guidance, influence and inspiration provided by others. At Voyage we have the good fortune of connecting with so many of the city’s hidden gems – from entrepreneurs and creatives to athletes, researchers and more. We asked them a simple, but important question: what is the best advice, personal or professional, that you’ve ever received?
Elizabeth Zamora – txelizabeth Blog
Believe in yourself and others will too.
Monique Burks – Womens Empowerment Speaker
Stop trying to walk people through a door, that was only built for you to walk through.
Chrysta Miller-Owner of Cookies by Chrysta
Best advice I got when starting my business was to sell myself, if you don’t who will. Your product will sell itself so do not be afraid to get out there. Also when going into the food industry almost 8 years ago I was told by my female chef to never give up on myself and always remember it’s a mans world so I will have to fight harder. Both of those things have pushed me to be better and to never give up, even when times get hard.
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Taylor Barber- Owner of Social Results & Blogger
The best advice I’ve received is that if you believe in yourself you can do anything that you set your mind to. One of my favorite business people is Marie Forleo and she always talks about how “everything is figureoutable!” She also shares that “there has never been and never will be another you. You have a purpose- a very special gift that only you can bring to the world.” I think this advice is so important to remember and implement.
Brie Washington – Owner of Briesly’s Boutique, certified lover of fashion
The best advice I received in business is to find something to sell that no one else can offer, that item is just me being myself, I’ve made more sales, and retained most of my business over the last eight years in a very turbulent retail industry by staying true to that above all. Be yourself first! The sales will follow.
Koncrete “#solid” Slab- Local Dallas rapper, fashion designer, chef, and club promoter
Learn the business,master how to manage your money, and its always business nothing personal.
Alexia McKay, CEO of RoyalTee Enterprises, LLC., EIC of RoyalTee Magazine and RoyalTee Girls
The best advice I have received is quality over quantity. Don’t get too caught up on the number of social media followers you have and let it dictate your level of success. Stay true to your brands and your true followers will come. Also stop stressing! You’re further along than someone who is just talking about what they’re going to d. You’re doing it sis!
Manley Koger from Flint, MI – Founder of Gifted Society Inc
God wouldn’t put you through it if he didn’t supply you with what you need to get through it.
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Best advice I’ve received – and this comes from someone I don’t know personally, but definitely looked up to. “Most important thing is to get rid of doubt. If you got doubt in what you’re doing it’s not gonna work.”- Nipsey Hussle
Mia Anjelica-beauty influencer/ MUA
The best advice I’ve ever received is to do what makes you happy, be selfish and understand everyone’s timining is different. Some flowers bloom in the spring, while others could bloom in the winter.
Kadon A Sterling, content creator and host of CARS GOLF AND CIGARS the YouTube channel
The best advise I ever received was “You use so much of your energy and intelligence to help other stay successful, imagine if you used that same energy and intelligence for yourself.
Scotty’s Bow Ties – Handmade bow ties and bandanas for your furry friends
When one door closes another one always opens!” It helps me stay positive when things don’t go as planned!
Kenneth Temple, Chef & Author
Best advice I ever received was keep pushing. It just reminds me to persevere.
Kristopher Trevino – Founder & Creative of haus Coutture
One of the greatest pieces of advice I have received was from my Mother that pertains to anything in personal or business endeavors, “Every setback is a setup for a comeback, and how you do anything is how you do everything, consistency is Key.
Carolina Gentry (left) and Beth Dotolo, co-founders and principal designers, Pulp Design Studios
We tend to work all-out and at top speed. Someone once reminded us to be present in the moment, no matter where we are, and that has been such a good reminder. When we are fully present, it makes time with friends and family more meaningful and it also makes us more focused for our clients and company. A life/work balance has always been a top priority for us!
Nastia Kartseva-Yoga Instructor | Rhythmic Gymnastics & Stretching Coach
Take a step back and focus on what’s most important, make a plan, and then take one step at a time.
Rachel Halbert – Locks by Rach – Special Event Stylist & Makeup Artist
When I was in my early 20’s my dad told me, “If you don’t build your dreams someone else will hire you to help build theirs.” I took that to heart, took a risk and started Locks by Rach. Now, 6 years later I have built a brand where I get to make people feel extraordinary about themselves. I wouldn’t have changed a single thing a long the way.
Katie Romo- Registered Nurse and Owner- Diary of a Dallas Girl
The best personal and professional advice I’ve ever received is ” there is no substitute for hard work” and “No matter how bad things look, keep working and everything will end up okay.
DJ PowerBas3 – Independent Artist
If you have found your passion, go for it. Don’t let no one tell you what you need to be in the future. Go for you dreams and dream big.
Reece Moffett-Downtown View of the City of Dallas
The best advice I have ever received is from a fellow photographer, Morris Malakoff, based out of Houston, Texas, which simply stated, “People receive non-paid, non-assigned creative endeavors, such as exploring downtown, more positively while the paid gigs mainly translate only to money, not genuine attention.”- Morris Malakoff