Taking Risk is essential, but how much, when and why? Taking risks effectively is as much of an art as it is a science and we’ve asked some of the brightest folks in the community to tell us about how they think about risk taking.

Stephanie Nuñez | San Diego Photographer

Risk is something I have always avoided in life. As someone who grew up very introverted, I quickly began to notice how it did no good keeping to myself; as the saying goes, “Closed mouths don’t get fed”. However, it wasn’t easy getting the courage to take risk in any situation in my life. When it comes to my line of work as a photographer and model, it is very necessary to be able to network with all types of creatives and potential clients. I wanted to get out of my bubble and collaborate with all of the amazing, talented creatives in San Diego, which by taking risks has led me to so many opportunities and blessings. Over the years I have learned to take risks in my life and my career if I want doors to open, which they have! Another quote I also live by and apply to my work ethic is that, “the least someone can say is no” I make sure to always remember that when it comes to my business because if you don’t try, you never know. Read more>>

Pam Scamardo | Founder, TPK Properties and LetsGoCreateWealth.com

If you’re not taking risks and stepping out of your comfort zone then you’re not challenging yourself enough! The biggest risk I have taken to date was quitting my day job and building my real estate investing business. This choice opened my world up to so many different possibilities. Living life by design has been truly a wonderful experience and journey. I’m now able to focus on giving back through volunteering at the senior center, college student outreach, and becoming a board director with the only commercial real estate non-profit organization geared towards advancing women in the industry – CREW Network. I’ve been able to schedule my work around my life and have found fulfillment in working with an A-team focused on making our tenants in our communities happy as well as our angel investors happy. Not only that, I get to spend quality time with my family and young kiddos. Life is too short, and I’ve realized that it would be better to live my life to the fullest rather than be filled with regret later in life that I did not take a risk due to fear. Read more>>

Dylan Laylani Billingsley | Consultant, Speaker, and Social Entrepreneur

I absolutely love taking risks, I think understanding risk is one of the most empowering things a person can do, here’s why. We often associate risk-taking with the boldest and the bravest, but the truth is we all take risks every single day. Risk-taking is not challenging for us, almost everything has associated risks, even crossing the street or driving to work. In fact, risk is so mundane that taking risks really just means taking action. So what’s the big whoop? If we can risk death every time we get in a car why can’t we risk failure in pursuit of our dreams? Why do we see potential risks as huge obstacles standing between us and our goals? The truth is: it’s not about the risk at all, It’s how we feel about the risk that can so often holds us back. Read more>>