Are you a risk taker? Do you think you have a stronger appetite for risk relative to your friends and family? We asked some folks from the community about their approaches to risk and have shared their thoughts below.

Lara Wilson | Brand Designer, Choreographer, Producer, Gallerist

I see risk taking as choosing to have faith in the unknown. Remaining open, curious, observant, and attentive to detail has so far allowed me to feel relatively confident when I take risks. I’ve also been fortunate to lean on experienced mentors, friends, and family when I’ve faced tough decisions. With any creative project, there is the idea or the vision of it and then there are all the little details and steps to make it happen. Read more>>

Sara Eve Rivera | Tattooer, Visual Artist & Community Business Owner

On your average day, I am a planner. I love lists, researching and diving into topics. However, as a small business owner, I have really had moments of risk when making big decisions about the long term vision for my business, PMA Tattoo. The first 2 years we rented a modest storefront in a very busy road/neighborhood. It was very small and manageable. However, when my landlords changed and signs were not looking good with the new landlord, I decided to pursue a more permanent location in a different neighborhood. Read more>>

Horace and Heather | Full-time RVers and Work Campers

Risk plays a huge role in our life. We essentially risk everything, every time we move. We put all of our eggs in one basket by accepting jobs that provide housing. If the job doesn’t work out, we have to move as well. Read more>>

Monica Silver | Underwater Photographer

I think risk is extremely important in life. It gets us out of our comfort zone and forces us to push boundaries. You find out a lot about yourself by taking risks. Where I am today with my photography is because I took a risk. I was an accountant and I hated it. The birth of my son rekindled my love of photography and I knew that I couldn’t go back to what I was doing. So I risked financial security and went for it. Read more>>

Sasha Thrower | Performance DJ and Multidisciplinary Artist

I will say the utter thought of failing and not meeting the expectations of others or myself used to discourage me from taking initiative on my deepest desires. Yet, my relationship with risk-taking has grown immensely. Accepting opportunities with a “growth mindset” really helped me get comfortable with the uncomfortable and embrace the unknown. I’d say risk-taking has played a huge role in my life. From moving to a big urban city, San Francisco, at the ripe age of 17 to exploring the art of performance DJ-ing. The list goes on and I will continue to take more risks! It adds great value and makes life more interesting! Read more>>

Jason Cellars | Cosmetic and General Dentist

I think that risks are required to excel in any industry or company. When you don’t take risks you are fearing making mistakes or doing something wrong and you will stagnate your progress. Whenever I am about to take a large risk, I think of the worst possible outcome, think of a few possible ways out of that outcome and force myself to move forward knowing that I will be able to bounce back even if the worst case happens. Taking risks also gives you the confidence to grow, the more risks that you take, the more you realize that the worst case scenario rarely happens and it gives you the courage to think more freely, creatively and to act less constrained. Read more>>

Elle Jauffret | Attorney & Writer

I think risk is an integral part of life whether we realize it or not—from deciding to get married, starting a new business, moving to a foreign country without speaking the language, standing up against bullies or for a cause, or simply daring to be our genuine selves in today’s society. For me taking risks is necessary to live a full, satisfying life. It’s the only way to grow and challenge myself, and fight complacency. Read more>>