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trade tales | Jul 15, 2022 |
What’s the best advice you ever received from a mentor?

The echo of wise words can steer you into growth opportunities, through professional challenges and away from sticky situations. We asked four designers—Gray Walker, Chanda Kea, Julia Miller and Tanya Smith-Shiflet—to share the best advice they’ve received from a mentor

What’s the best advice you ever received from a mentor?
Gray WalkerCourtesy of Gray Walker Interiors

Go Your Own Way

“The best piece of advice I was ever given was to stay true to yourself and not worry about others. Follow your own path, and things will work out.” —Gray Walker, Gray Walker Interiors, Charlotte

What’s the best advice you ever received from a mentor?
Chanda KeaCourtesy of Kea Interiors

In the Zone

“The best piece of advice a mentor has given me is to always be consistent. Momentum creates more momentum. Consistency is one of the biggest keys to success.” —Chanda Kea, Kea Interiors, McKinney, Texas

What’s the best advice you ever received from a mentor?
Julia MillerCourtesy of Yond Interiors

Crowd Source

“I don’t have a singular mentor, rather a group of 15 women who have design businesses across the country. One of the most important pieces of advice that came out of this group is that it’s OK to say no to clients who are not the right fit. Many of the women have had businesses for decades, and they openly share how screening prospective clients more rigorously leads to clients who are a better fit—and ultimately projects that feed your business.” —Julia Miller, Yond Interiors, Minneapolis

What’s the best advice you ever received from a mentor?
Tanya Smith-ShifletCourtesy of Unique Kitchens & Baths

Draw the Line

“‘This is business, not personal.’ I always try to remember that advice when I don’t vibe with prospective clients or when I push clients out of their comfort zone during the design process.” —Tanya Smith-Shiflet, Unique Kitchens & Baths, Halethorpe, Maryland

Homepage image: A cheerful kitchen designed by Gray Walker | Dustin Peck Photography

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