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.

Brian Butler | Actor, Writer & Director

I’m instinctively drawn towards risk, especially when it comes to seeking out or producing creative projects. Without risk, there’s usually boredom for either the creator or the consumer (or both). I don’t actively seek out risk just for the sake of it, but the ideas that draw me in are generally challenging in some way, and risk at least signifies the possibility of doing something inventive. Even if it fails, that’s better than being forgettable. Read more>>

Ty Vaughn | Adventuress Ty

Since my life is centered around extreme adventure, taking risk is all volunteer. I for one believe in healthy risk taking and unhealthy risk taking. Healthy risk taking is when you purposefully choose to engage in an activity that will leave you saying ” Yes!!! This inherently dangerous adventure was absolutely worth the risk! When I took 35 folks to the Bridge to Nowhere in the San Gabriel mountains to go bungee jumping, well…..actually 13 of them jumped, that was an amazing was to explore the feeling of freedom and to move without limitations. Read more>>

Sarah Martinez | Pastry Chef & Business Owner

Taking risks had always been difficult for me. I was a play it safe, and don’t rock the boat, happy to live life just as things were kind of a person. Until I started on a personal growth journey. I took a risk as an extremely shy person who could hardy even talk to people I didn’t know and joined a direct sales company selling Mary Kay beauty products. I was not very good at it, and knew nothing about makeup or skin care at all, But it got me out of my comfort zone and into the world of personal growth that started changing both my personal and my professional life. I was growing in confidence and started meeting people who influenced many new experiences and adventures. Read more>>

Ebony Williams | Author, Child-Birth Doula, Herbalist, Herbal Apothecary Owner

Taking risks, especially in entrepreneurship, takes a great deal of resilience, dedication and trust in your own innate abilities. Being a mother, child birth doula and herbal wellness shop owner, risk taking has played a vital role in my personal growth and success. I started my entrepreneurial journey while working a full time job that provided great financial stability for me. I soon realized that I wasn’t able to fully dedicate myself to my business, while also working for someone else. I knew that I’d have to take the biggest risk of my life to fulfill my dreams. Read more>>

Xiomara Urrutia | Business Consultant and Brand Creator

My mentor used to say “Everything is risk, including not doing something. The choice is yours”. That took a lot of the fear away from trying new things for me and it gave me the opportunity to be brave in situations where the safe choice might’ve been my go to. Read more>>

Tiana Lee | Lifestyle/Beauty Blogger

I think Risk taking is like the opening a door that leads you to an unknown. We don’t know if that unknown place will be good or bad. When taking Risks there’s always an option for failure and it allows others to scrutinize and judge. But at the same time there is a chance that you might strike gold and be really successful. As the saying goes, “If you never try, you’ll never know”. I’d rather take a stab at something and have a bad outcome; instead of always thinking what would’ve happened. Life is about risks as well as rewards. At the end of the day you have to be content with your own decisions and not others’ preconceptions and judgements.Read more>>

Erika Billings | Hospitality & Visual Arts Professional

Risk taking is critical for artistic, personal and professional development. I have always been interested in dabbling into something new which has been the driving force behind my wide range of experience amongst several industries. Taking risks and diving into what genuinely interests me has enabled me to expand my knowledge across the board. Taking risks means challenging myself to further develop myself in the environments that I want to thrive in and make an impact. Read more>>

Alison Clancy | Community Manager & Music Event Organizer

To me, “risk” is like that one friend you have that you can only hang out with once in a while because they’re so exciting and fun, but unpredictable and you get a bit nauseous before you go to meet up with them. This person makes your life spark, but they’re not the bestie you call when your tire blows out on the highway. Having risk in your life is imperative to growth, even if it doesn’t work out how you imagined. “Never a failure, always a lesson.” “Shoot for the moon, land among the stars,” and all that. The real question is, WHEN do you take a risk? Ask yourself: ​Read more>>