By far, the topic that comes up most in our conversations with entrepreneurs and creatives is risk.  We’ve had conversations about risks that worked out and risks that did not. We’ve seen eyes light eye sharing about career-trajectory changing risks as well as folks sigh about the risks they wish they had taken.  Below, we’ve selected and shared some of those thoughtful conversations.

Marcia Villavicencio | Founder & Owner WE-B-FIT

Since I was a little girl I was always pushed to take risks, I think this is why I continue to just take a leap of faith in the many things I do. I don’t always know if things are going to work out, but without trying I would never know, so I have to be willing to take the risk. Taking risks has landed me jobs I never thought I would have, it helped me continue to grow in my fitness journey, and it definitely pushed me to continue to pursue my dream of being an entrepreneur. Read more>>

Chris Guerrero | Coach and Business Owner

Risk is wonderful to me for it increases the chance of failure and if there is one thing that drives me as much as my competitiveness to succeed is the thought of failing at what I set out to accomplish. Failure is not an option in how I approach things and risk intensifies my focus to improve the skills I need to achieve my purpose in life. I embrace taking risks and educate myself on the subject matter as quickly as possible to make sound choices on how to approach the opportunity. A lot of people tell you to “take risks and just jump” however what they fail to mention is that before you just jump off that cliff and hope wings magically appear, do enough to educate yourself on the subject that you are leaping in on. Read more>>

Lindsy Richards | Creator and Inventor of Flora Aura

One of the initial risks in starting a business for me was abandoning the hardwired programming in my head about mothering; the doctrine that in order to be a good mom I should devote my entire self to the task of raising my kids. Stepping outside this belief system of my clan and community felt like a big risk, as I feared the shame of being judged as a selfish and neglectful mom. Needless to say I went for it anyway. One day when I was frustrated about business I said to my daughter, “I think I’m going to just quit,” and she began to cry. When I asked why that would make her so sad she said, “because I’m so proud of what you do.” In that moment I finally saw the truth. Read more>>

Martha Guziak | Aspiring Photographer

As an aspiring photographer, there are always new themes and techniques coming up in the field and of course the competition is never ending. That is why I believe photography is all about taking risks. In order to capture your audience and truly express yourself you must take the risk of putting yourself out there and letting others view/judge your work. In photography you aren’t always pleased with your first shot, that is why you must set aside the time to put in the hard work that is required. You must learn how to be comfortable with stepping outside your comfort zone, in order to be individualistically creative and unique. Read more>>