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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?

Shaune Stauffer, Model and Social Media Influencer

Always aim for the top in everything you do. You may not always make it, but if you don’t, you’ll still hit it close.

@realshaune 

Alexus Lige – Aspiring Fashion Model

The best advice I have ever received is to pursue what makes me happy. Don’t let anything or anyone stop me from doing it. No one will understand my journey because they don’t know my vision.

@lexxyjanee

Nicholas Barnhill – Professional boxer, Entertainer, and Musician

The best advice I’ve ever received came from my father, Dr. Steve Barnhill. He always taught my siblings  and I to always think outside of the box and that consistent hard work and dedication to your pursuits in life will never be denied.

@nickbarnhill

Starla Soloway- Artist & studying Psychology

You control your own success. No one can take away your authority unless you let them!

@Starlasoloway

Crystal Lee Williams – Faith and Lifestyle Blogger and Speaker

Surround yourself with a life giving community. Both professionally and personally, you become more like those that you surround yourself with. Make sure the people you chose to be around are building you up, constantly teaching you something new, and keeping you accountable. We are not meant to live life alone. We were created to live life with others among community – personally, relationally, professionally, and in all aspects of life.

crystalleewilliams.com
@crystalleewilliams

AlexxBeautyxo- Beauty & Lifestyle Blogger

Convince yourself everyday that you are worthy of a good life. Let go of stress, breathe. Stay positive, all is well.

@alexxbeautyxo
youtube.com/alexxbeautyxo

Ryan R. Riahi, MD – Board Certified Dermatologist

The best advice I have received was from my father who told me “Never stop learning or growing as a person.”

@ryanriahimd
facebook.com/ryanriahimd

Nneoma Ajiwe – Photographer & Social Media Manger

What’s for you will always be for you and you should never look to compare yourself to anyone because you don’t know what stage they’re in at that moment. Yo could be comparing their stage 20 to your stage 1 and not even recognize it.

nneomaajiwe.format.com
@nneomaluxe 

Alex Arroyo – Certified Barber

Best advice is to work hard, consistency is key to whatever door you wish to open!

@ugcityboy

K-Train 713-a full-service private studio suite

The best device that was ever given to me and that I have passed on was always stay focus and be on time and always be available seven days a week.

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@ktrain_713

Avi Oberoi – Chief DoughCone

The best advice I’ve ever received is You can lose everything in life and be fine as long as you still have a good reputation. You can have everything in life, but if you don’t have your good name, you have nothing. I live by it. We try to operate our business in a way that embraces treating our customers like guests in our own home.

@TheDoughCone
thedoughcone.com/catering 

Dana Ben Hasona – self taught Baker and cake artist, DH Sweets

“Don’t overthink things, you’ve got this!” And that was basically what I needed (a boost of self confidence) to start up my business, especially with 3 kids and all the craziness that goes around the house!

Facebook – DH Sweets

Shawn Bermudez

“It’s all practice”

presentcompanyhtx.com 

Olivia Twining | hedda gioia dowd, Creative Founder & C.E.O. of rise restaurants

“”The best advice I’ve ever received is that you can’t learn if you’re talking, so listen, and always be early to any meeting.”

risesouffle.com
@risesouffle

Khaled Imad Khalaf – Doctor, Pie Boss, Family Man

Be kind. The toes you step on today may be connected to the ass you have to kiss tommorow.

@houseofpiestx
houseofpies.com
@myheartdoc
vitalheartandvein.com

Macarooz – online macaron shop

Personal – “”A comfort zone is a beautiful place but nothing ever grows there.””
Professional – Epic things start with small humble steps. Pay respect to your beginnings. And if you’re starting out, know that it’s OK to be sucky. To be small. To be messy and chaotic. Just make sure to never stop dreaming and pivoting.

@Macarooz
facebook.com/Macarooz
twitter.com/Macarooz
macarooz.com

Jontel Pierce – neurologist & entrepreneur

Stay focused and determined.

mindneurology.com

Rory James – Photographer Creative, Wellness Coach & Live Sound Engineer

“”Always remain teachable. Stay adaptable.”” – an old friend and mentor from a long, long time ago.

rorykjames.com
@rorykirkjames
@coffeesnobco

Postino Winecafe

“The most happy people on the planet are those with the strongest relationships in their personal and professional lives. Spend a ton of time making sure the people in your circle always feel there is something special within them, spread joy and optimism to all you meet and connect on a deep level with those around you.” -Lauren Bailey, CEO of Upward Projects

postinowinecafe.com
@postinowinecafe
facebook.com/postinowinecafe

Amber Ives – Head Decorator, Autism mom, Desiree Delgado – Head Baker, Mom of 4

Best personal advice I’ve ever gotten is this: “”Before you wonder ‘Am I doing things right?’, ask ‘Am I doing the right things?'””
Best professional advice was from my mom: She always told me to figure out what I love doing and then find a way to get paid for it. That’s exactly what I’ve done, and the cherry on top is getting to do it with my best friend!
We have 7 kids between the 2 of us, so it’s always a challenge finding the balance between work and family, but we have great husbands supporting us and helping behind the scenes.

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