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What’s the Best Advice You’ve Ever Received?

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?

Linda Alcala – L.A. Native Chicana Chef & Artist

The best advice I ever received was from one of my gal friends : Don’t be overly humble with your victories and who you are despite what trolls have tried to make you believe about yourself or the pain you’ve been dealt in life. Show yourself and let your soul shine through so that your work connects with your story and people will relate to you and your work.


Hudson Valley Lighting

Best advise I’ve ever gotten is stay calm & confident it makes you stronger & allows growth.

Nancy Tong | Entrepreneur

The best advice I’ve ever received is something everyone has probably heard before, “Live your life to the fullest by doing what makes you happy because tomorrow is never guaranteed.” This was said to me by an important figure in my life before he passed away by cancer. Since then, I’ve been trying to live my best life no matter what anyone thinks or says. In the end it is my life and my happiness.

Get Zen Design – Graphic Design Artist – Believe in your Vision. Together, let’s bring it to Life to create a MasterPeace

The best personal and professional advice that changed my life came from Gary Vaynerchuk’s content. Two of his quotes I live by are “Love your family, work super hard, live your passion” and “Doing the right thing is always the right thing.”


Infamousquisss- Traveler/student originally from Long Island,New York, Entrepreneur as a Sneaker Seller & Video Editor

Best advice I’ve received has always been from a high school English teacher “Branch out and find somewhere you feel you belong because I don’t see that here in Long Island.” I took that advice and 3 months later I was in college in Florida a year later I was in college in Nebraska , now I’ve ventured all the way to California. Building a brand starting a sneaker business, being my own boss has changed my direction in life. Yes I like flashy things but that’s not all that life is…

Sveta Panfilova, Movie Wardrobe Stylist and Part-Time Snowboard Coach

Best advice: No matter what others say, do what you want to do, be loyal to yourself and never look back.

oungbeautyglow (Yalda Khan Saheem) ~ Beauty/Fashion Influencer

Your the creator of yourself, you create your own thoughts into reality.

Rudy Maravilla, Entrepreneur and Personal Trainer in Los Angeles

Best advice I’ve ever received in life was: “Don’t ever settle for average, chase your goals and don’t set limits and surround yourself with positive people doing good things in life.

Lil Love- Artist/Producer and Entrepreneur

Best personal response would be to say love life and keep business and relationship separate.

Rockstar Inventor Jordan P.Vappie

The best advice I have ever received was to be my authentic self. I’m a little off in the way I see the world. I also have a vivid imagination that sometimes has me in LaLa land. But if I wasn’t not my authentic self I would have never come up with these patented inventions that are changing the world for the better.”

Fashion Stylist and Content Creator

Best advice I’ve received and lived by -Have the courage to live a life true to yourself, not the life others expect of you.


J. Miller – Owner of Dimensions 3000, an online clothing store

The best advice I’ve received in to stay focused on a goal and put on blinders to negativity and judgement. For me that’s easier said than done, but I’ve found that pessimism can slow you down and make you quit before you even start. 

Savannah blogger/ content creator / model

Never compare yourself!

KORR-A  – Music Artist & Entrepreneur

The best advice I’ve received was from my dad, who told me to do the research and learn the ins and outs of everything myself -having to do with the businesses/hobbies I choose to apply myself in. That way no one could ever take advantage of me and I am fit with the confidence to tackle my endeavors successfully. When jumping into a new business a lot of people think it’s easier to just learn from others and delegate what they don’t understand. There are a lot of people out there though preying on others’ lack of knowledge. By fully educating yourself on the matter, you’re equipped to know exactly what to learn from others and when they have your best interests in mind.

Kevin Creekman – Social Media Creator, Model, Artist

My mom said once, it’s worth to find out all that what I don’t want, to find out what I really want.

Eliza May – DJ & producer

My stylist @elenanazaroff has recently told me: “To get something new you need to make space for it and get rid of old first”. She meant my closet cause I have lots of old clothes I don’t wear anymore. But I feel like this advice applies to all spheres of our life – work, relationships… not just clothes. So now I’m trying to be more conscious about keeping old unnecessary things in my life and making space for something new and better.


Designers by Day, Nomad Travelers by Night

Never give up, but pivot when it is needed!

Nicole Rokita – Keto Expert and Enthusiast

If you don’t ask, the answer is always no.

Gabriela Lopez – Hiking Lover

It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and to make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary.


Mar – Business and Life Coach, FitMom of Two, Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker, Artist, Fitness, Yoga, Barre Instructor, Mentor, Coach and Performer who loves to inspire and motivate you to live to your fullest potential

There are so many but one that has helped me both personally and professionally is never rely for just one source of education or advice. Seek different perspectives and then take space to reflect and tune into your own guidance about it. Trust your inner voice.

The Sweat 60 Team: Coach Kevin, Coach Courtney, Coach Eric and Coach Gert

Put all your focus into one thing and be the best at it.

@millenialfemale CREDIT SPECIALIST

Best piece of advice I ever got, which applies both personally and perfessionally would be…
“”Keep on living”” from my great grandfather.”


Chloe Gross- hairstylist

The best advice I have received is to remember you are completely and wholly responsible for everything in your life. Don’t waste it wishing for things to change. Change them!


Yasmeen Fletcher – Actress & Singer

The best advice I think I’ve ever recieived (personal and professional) is “don’t stand in your own way.” Basically, stop holding yourself back! Yes, It’s simple, but it can be applied to many different circumstances for a multitude of different people. My dad always tells me this when there’s something I feel like I can’t manage or I’m feeling unconfident. There have been many occasions when I’ve said a hurtful thing about myself or told myself that I can’t accomplish something because “I’m no different than anybody else,” but every time my dad reminds me that the only person putting those things into my head, is me. He then says that I need to get out of my own way. I honestly believe that everyone can benefit from that advice.

David Daniel Diaz – Drummer/Producer

As to my answer for the question of the week: Some of the best advice I’ve ever received was that nothing that pays you is beneath you. Which to me means don’t ever feel like you’re better than your situation. Take it all as it comes and remain grateful always and the things you really want will present themselves to you naturally!


Nik Metcalf – Social Media Marketer & Entrepreneur

The best piece of advice I’ve received is to never give up. Sometimes the other side of the tunnel is just around the corner.

Christina Bauer, Midwife of the Soul

When I was around 28 years old a very wise man shared a very powerful piece of wisdom with me. He said “”Nothing is as it appears to be””
These few words have had the most impact on my life. Until we become conscious of our real consciousness, we believe that life is as it appears to be. This is the root cause of why there is so much suffering in the world today. Upon a higher state of Consciousness, we come to see that our senses literally do not have the capacity to see reality as it is. We assign our own perceptions onto the circumstances of our lives; our perceptions, opinions, concepts, and judgments. These are not reality. They are simply the minds way of trying to deal with and understand life. When looking beyond them, we come to find what is real. Being Present with what IS reveals the Truth of any given circumstance. Presence is the most Powerful gift we can give ourselves, another, and this World.

Siobhan Egan – Pilates Instructor & Accessories Designer

The most successful people in the world didn’t get it right the first time. It’s with each failure that we are given the opportunity to grow, strengthen our convictions and persevere. That is how true success flourishes. So failure is part of the success process. Don’t fear it. Embrace it.

Tory DiPietro – Neon Artist

The best advice I’ve ever received would be to learn to be grateful for every current situation of your life.  Even the hard ones.  From gratitude comes greatness.  & I fully believe that.  My life is proof of it.

Lauren Gores Ireland—Co-Founder of Summer Fridays

Love the process over the plan.

Lee Lhgfx Photography

Don’t get pulled into other peoples difficulties. You can’t help when you are stuck in the mud too. Do your best to be a friend, but keep in mind that people have to often times learn for themselves, and you have to let them. Doing this, will free your mind and your life of a lot of burdens. It doesn’t mean you don’t care, and more often then not, allows you to still care and be able to be there when they are ready to be helped.


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