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.

Tesa Michaels | Fine Artist Incorporating Precious and Semi Precious Stones

As an artist I think risk will always accompany creating art. Every time we take to your easels we take a risk; what to paint, the right composition, the right colors, the risk of trying something new. So many risks and taken that need to come together in order to create synchronicity and to have a painting work and have it make sense. I feel I take a risks and push the boundaries with every piece I create. I think taking risks as an artist allows you to grow as an artist. It’s apart of the artist journey. Uncomfortable at times but necessary. With out risk there would be no change or growth. Read more>>

Dr. Zach Beatty, DC | Chiropractor

This is a great question. The reason it is a great question, is because we are all afraid of change to some extent or another. We inherently contemplate the unknown or uncertainty. The recent global economic climate falls well within this threshold. The common questions of what do we do? What do we expect? How can we survive? These are all questions we have asked ourselves over the last few weeks or month. As a business owner, it is about risks. Some calculated, some not, some bluntly just jump without even looking. So taking a risk is imperative to success in my opinion. Read more>>

Kristen Ulla Grunewald | Artist & Entrepreneur

“Risk.” What a great word! There can be no success without risk. I believe there are a number of us humans who are born with a creative curiosity and a thirst to try new, challenging and exciting things. We find that risk is inherent to being this type of personality and like myself, if I am afraid of heights (which I was), I took the risk to jump out of a perfectly good airplane (with a parachute of course), to face that fear and it changed my life. In fact I ended up loving to skydive and I am going for my AFF (Accelerated Free Fall) Certification. Read more>>

Ron Breeden | Fine Art painter and sculptor

Everything is a risk of some sort. Managing the risk is the issue. If you prepare for a risk you have identified and train for how to: 1 Deal with it and: 2 reduce it. I was a first responder for many years and we trained for different situations. When faced with something risky you would get help, plan what you were going to do and how you wanted to address it and then you could execute the plan with confidence. If something unprepared for happened you could stop assess the risk and if you deemed it too high back out and call in help with specialized training and skills on dealing with the situation you were in. Read more>>

Carlos Quezada | Founder of Love City Heights (LCH)

I see risk as a necessary challenge in order to progress in almost every aspect. The only risk guaranteed to fail is the risk not taken. Risk taking has always been a part of my life. A trait instilled by my mother who fearlessly struggled and always faced challenges head on. Being the only boy and the youngest, I was constantly volunteered to do the “dirty work” of public relations for our family, which turned out to be a blessing in disguise by helping me learn English that much quicker. An elementary school assignment on a foreign country planted the seed to travel to France one day. Read more>>