There is a wealth of academic research that suggests that differences in risk appetite are at the heart of differences in career and business trajectories.  We wanted to go beyond the theory and ask real people from the community about their perspectives and experiences with risk and risk taking.

Shannon Yen | Wedding Photographer

Taking risks has played a huge role in how I began my career, and how it helped me grow my business. Throughout my years in college I always knew I wanted to work for myself, but I never knew what that could look like or how to make it a reality. At the time, I was studying Kinesiology in pursuit of a career in Physical Therapy. That’s what all my friends were doing, so heck, I figured that’s what I should be doing too. After college I knew deep in my soul that this path wasn’t right for me – so I jumped ship and dove blindly into the unknown. I quit my comfortable 9-to-5 job working at a doctor’s office, and turned away from the advice from many of my friends and family to stick to the secure and stable path. I had no idea what I wanted to do, only that this risk was necessary in helping me to find out. Read more>>

Jenna Gessay | Intuitive Consultant

Taking risks was part of my upbringing, but not necessarily part of my personality. Wired to stay in the lines, clinging often to a false safety, I have learned over time that leaping in faith toward callings deep within is always in alignment, even if you land in unexpected territory. I believe the Divine has hands in the architecture of what is possible when we say “Yes” to the deepest part of our soul’s calling, and doing so builds our faith. This is what I help people do now, and it is tremendously powerful. When you can receive guidance from deep within, and it is clear, it can become painful to ignore. In my mind, it is a safe bet to heed the guidance of your soul, even if it doesn’t feel logical, rational or make sense on paper. Taking leaps like this have also at times left me saying to my ego, “I can always go back.” Read more>>

Amy Scruggs | National Recording Artist, TV Host, Motivational Speaker and Media Coach

I am not afraid of the word “no”. So many people worry about safety and security in their careers. But I have never experienced a time of “safety”. Industries rise and fall; and I was in the mortgage industry in 2008 when it all came crashing down. Something I thought was “safe” changed in the blink of an eye. I realized that I had put off my dreams of being full time recording artist for the security of that job and industry. So when it was all gone, I knew that there was nothing to lose. I found that the more risks, the greater the joy and reward. Don’t get me wrong, risks are hard work and require tremendous perseverance, patience and some partial resistance to pain. However, after or 30 no’s and then the yes comes in, there is no way to describe the personal joy, pride and empowerment that happens. Read more>>