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 up 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.

Anne Soliguen-Vera Cruz | Creative & Autism Behavior Therapist

In life, I think that there are risks that are inevitable, and then there are risks that, even with planning, we either fail or succeed at. Oftentimes we beat ourselves up when we take a risk and it fails…I know I’ve had my fair share of these moments. As an entrepreneur, every step toward success is a risk – “How do I want to portray myself?”, “Will people like what I’m creating?”, “What if no one buys anything?”, “I should’ve posted the other picture, maybe it would’ve gotten more likes”, “What if someone gives me a bad review?”…the “what if” and the “should’ve” list goes on. These are all questions that I cycle through even after years of being a Creative. I think of risks as opportunities. Read more>>

William Ponder | Educator & Entrepreneur

For me risk, has always played a large role in both my life and career. As a young man I went to Europe as a 17 year old, no one in my family had ever left the United states. I believe that unless you are uncomfortable, you are not testing your ability to overcome obstacles. My career has been full of risks. It has put me in the position to make the necessary decisions to be successful. Read more>>

Jessica Fernandez | Jewelry Designer/Artist

You’ve asked me what I think about risk, and the role it’s played in my life. Honestly, I think life is a series of risks, some small and day-to-day, and some are major that change the whole trajectory of your lifetime. I look back on some of the risks I took when I was a teenager without a fully-developed frontal lobe, the places I went and the people I spent time with, and I’m amazed that I’m still here. Many of those risks were impulsive and some were just plain dumb, but even those that I can now look back on as mistakes molded me and taught me something. Maybe not at the time, but as I’ve understood them better as I’ve grown and reflected. Then I think about some of the biggest risks I’ve taken. Read more>>