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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?

Raluca Almasan – Realtor and Investor

Follow your passion, the money will follow.

Craig Root – Architectural and Interior Photographer

Keep you head up!

Dalton Wason

The best advice I have heard is: be the best you, that you can be everyday. This means don’t care about what others think of you if your trying your best and doing the right things.


Iqbal Shah Danishyar – IT Infrastructure Consultant

The Best advice I have received was from a professional colleague about corporate life.  We were having a conversation about corporate culture and value of diversity.  No matter where the place of work is, first task is to learn the environment, learn and respect the corporate culture, and whether you are an experienced professional or what we call (a newbie) in corporate life; be sure to perform the best you can and your performance will always get recognized.  I remember when I first started in IT field, my first technical tasks were brand new stuff to me, things I wasn’t trained on and didn’t have much knowledge of.  After couple months or so my delivery manager recognized me and talked to me about how much he values my work; although he knew I was new to the environment.

Kasey Ingram – Phoenix Real Estate Broker

I guess the most life altering advice that I received is actually quite cliché- but one day just finally set in and has literally changed my life since. That advice is to be myself, to be 100% real and unapologetic. I spent my entire 20’s trying to be the person everyone else wanted me to be- doing things the way everyone else wanted or felt they should be done. The day I decided that I no longer cared about what everyone thought of me, is the day I feel like I got my wings. There is something freeing about being genuinely yourself. In doing so, naturally you become surrounded by people who truly love you and support you.


Jes Shapiro – Designer, Digital Artist and Arizona Lover

“Breathe like smooth jazz” from yogi Cole Chance.


Yesenia Vidales- Model/Actress

I have received so much great advice in my 22 years, but one piece of advice that stands out is “The one who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. Those who walk alone are likely to find themselves in places no one has ever been before. – Albert Einstein”

Nichole Fioramonti-Family Photographer

And my best advice: Live in the present. Don’t dwell on the past, it’s gone. And don’t fixate on how things can get better in the future. Learn to be happy with the present or you’ll miss out.

Lauren Adelson- Yoga Teacher & Realtor

Best advice:  from my late beloved Grandpa:  “Whatever you do in life,  make sure you’re enjoying it. Just enjoy.”


Emily Fuqua

The best personal advice I’ve been given is: take one day at a time, remembering each day is a gift.


Carrie Moreau Photography – Sharing the World Around Me

The best creative advice I’ve received is to stay true to your style.  Not everyone may love it; however, it only matters that you put out what you love and have passion in sharing your journey.

Tyler Hurst | freelance writer and healer in training

The best advice I’ve ever received was “what if everything you know, because everything it was based on, was wrong? What might be true if you’ve been operating off false or misleading assumptions/data for as long as you could remember?”That was the catalyst to me stopping 16 years of psych meds, learning how to heal, and completely restarting my life to become who I’ve always pretended I’m not.

Lindsey Wawrzyniak-dancer & Model

The best advice I’ve received is to do what makes YOU happy. In the end all you have is yourself and it’s important to love, nurture and take care of yourself. Know your goals, motivations and values. Respect yourself and do your best in everything you do.

Greg Kent – Architect

@avrilinteriors for the interior design.

A former boss preached to us, “if you always strive to do your best work, the success will follow”.  I still try to follow that creed. 

Storm Hulsebus- wedding and event planner

You’ve got to have faith that the one thing you wanted to happen oftentimes is the best thing that never happened -The Rock

Au- Hip-Hop, Culture influence

“Education never stops”


Austin Croft Cater/Food Vendor

Delicia Hamilton

Don’t be afraid of failure. Failure will get you moving in the right direction. Do what you love have fun and make money do it. 

Lori Smith – Owner & Designer

Best advice I have received and give: “Yes you can”


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