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.

Alejandra Zermeño | Artist & Owner

Risk is my life partner, as an artist and owner of an art studio I cannot be certain of anything, not even my own creativity, much less my life. I have got used to living always jumping into the void, sometimes I hit myself hard but I always come out ahead of situations. The failures even make me learn more than the successes. I have taken a certain affection for risk, because it makes me expand my limitations. Read more>>

Paul Mott | CEO

I don’t have any tattoos, but if I was ever to get one it would just be these four words: no guts, no glory. Those simple words have given me the courage to start several businesses in my life. I’m not sure if that kind of courage is something your born with or something you acquire. For me it seems to come naturally with ambition and my desire to experience certain things in life. I realized at an early age that if you want to dance with that pretty girl you’re going to have to screw up your courage, walk across the gymnasium, and ask her to dance. And you can’t wait for somebody else to go first. If she says no, then so be it at least you tried. If you just sit there on your hands you are going to regret it. I remember reading somewhere that when elderly people were asked what was their biggest regret in life — for many the answer was not taking enough risk. Read more>>

Riley Herington | Business Owner

Most people tend to stray away from risks, but I prefer to take them every chance I get because risks, when taken seriously, supply an abundance of growth opportunities regardless if the outcome is negative or positive. You see, if you take a risk and end up succeeding, you walk away with a much higher reward than what you would have received if you acted conservatively. The lesson here is that, yes, you might fall when taking risks, but you also might end up even better off than you were before. You are shown the value in making an investment into something with a worthwhile payoff. On the other hand, taking risks can result in failure, which, in my eyes, leads to greater confidence and resilience to try again. Read more>>