We asked some of the most interesting folks in the community to open up about how they think about taking chances and the role risk has played in their lives and careers. Risk is by far the topic folks talk to us most about and we hope the responses below will help shed light on many different perspectives.

Shannen Mythen | Artist

I think of risk as an essential part of life. I see risk in my life from both a personal and professional perspective. Personally, I have taken many risks to get to where I am today. I made the decision to be in a 4 year long distance relationship with my now husband and then move to California from Ireland to spend my life with him. These decisions can be seen as major risks that were difficult for people outside of the situation to understand but when you think about it, isn’t every decision we make essentially a risk? Read more>>

Mark Strube | Professional Sailor

Funny how risk plays such an important role in everything we do. Sometimes, there can be a bigger risk from doing nothing. My professional career started as a stock broker, but my passion was always sailing. One day, my managing broker asked me, “do you want to be a stock broker or a sailor.” after asking if I could have another few days off for a regatta. It was risky for me to leave a solid job in an industry that had a lot of upside potential, but it would have risked my happiness if I didn’t pursue my dreams. Read more>>

Miguel ‘Chromatic’ Valencia | Miguel ‘Chromatic’ Valencia Documentary Street Photographer

Taking risks in the stuff I do is what makes my work interesting for many people deeper if not personal in many ways. I always say that I am down to take risks if I believe in it then I will. We live our lives very constructed based on society thinking what we should be or how we need to live but sometimes I think we gotta take risks and really put ourselves at the edge to realize what we can do or better yet could be. “Are you down to cut a couple corners? or are you down to lose everything and start over for what you believe in?. Read more>>

Maria Munter | Wedding and Event Florist

Final risk has been and continue to be a big subject for me and my husband as we grow our company. In the prior years, when I was still fully employed and Flowers by Lovely Lily was just, as people would call it, a “side job” I always have to consider if taking on a wedding or event will put me in jeopardy of loosing my corporate job that is at the time providing my family and I stability. This was the biggest risk I was facing for a long while but, have always felt safe to either turn down the wedding or event or take them on because I know I will have another source of income. Read more>>

Evan Mendelsohn | Co-Founder & Co-CEO of Tipsy Elves

Taking risks is imperative and unavoidable when starting a new company. As an entrepreneur, a major key to success is getting comfortable being uncomfortable. That said, you always want to ensure you are protected so that if the risk doesn’t pan out, you aren’t left with nothing. In the case of launching Tipsy Elves, we made a point to test our business model before diving all in, head first. Many individuals jump to quitting their job, Read more>>

Monica A Kastle | Writer

Risk! It’s like, you’ll never know until you ask. Taking risks has played a significant role in my life and my career. If I hadn’t taken a risk, I never would have left my comfort zone, hometown, family, friends, and the stability those offered. Because I have, I’ve had the pleasure of living on both coastlines, I’ve traveled extensively, and have met some incredible people. All of which have influenced and enriched my writing. As far as my career, this is going to sound cliche, Read more>>

Priscilla Arce | Florist & Business owner

Taking a risk by starting a business during the pandemic. After being laid off from my job due to the pandemic, which many have faced tragic events due to covid-19. On February 1, 2021 By Priscilla Arce was launched! I was so nervous about starting the business because I was not sure how the outcome was going to be. Especially having a steady income every month. Not knowing if events and weddings would open up again. I just jumped in and gave my all! I am so happy I took that risk because the love and support of family, friends and the community has been amazing! I know my mother would be so proud of my floral journey! Read more>>

Charlie Seith | Creative Director

For a large portion of my life, especially when I was younger, I ran away from risk. I was terrified to be uncomfortable. However, I think a turning point for me was when I decided to move to San Diego, during a pandemic, after my sophomore year of college. I finally began to understand that in order to grow, you have to take a risk. You got to jump, knowing that you might fall in the process. So, when it comes to what role has taken risks played in my life/career, well it changed it for the better. I can argue that taking risks changed my life. Most importantly, after you do something that you thought you couldn’t, it gives you more confidence to go and do it again. Read more>>

KidLedz | Dj/Producer

Taking risk is a part of the journey. Nothing worth having ever came easy. You have to fail many times before you succeed. I’ve failed so many times and even questioned if I can even get to where I want to be. The worst part would be to always wonder what if, and not be 100 percent content with your life. At the end it’s better to follow your dreams. The hard work and frustrations are all part of what is going to make you better . I would say taking risk has impacted me in a positive way, because you learn from it and you try again but this time with more experience, I wouldn’t be where I am, if I did not push and take chances. Run your own race just remember time waits for no one. Read more>>

Isabel Rhodes | Miss SoCal 2022 & Future Prosecutor

I’m a bit of an adrenaline junkie. Now that doesn’t necessarily mean I jump out of planes everyday (just the two times) but I do enjoy pushing myself outside my comfort zone. Engaging in intimidating situations gives me a jolt of excitement that keeps life interesting. As cheesy as it may sound, “risk it to get the biscuit” really is my motto! If I didn’t take risks, I wouldn’t be who I am today! Read more>>

Dave & Gisele Anderson | Owners of Capt. Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari

Capt. Dave and I have always been bigger risk takers, probably due in large part to our faith. When we believe we are called to do a certain thing, even when it seems unconventional, or even unwise, we still push ahead. A great example is when, shortly after we were married, Dave had been working full time cleaning drains as a “rooter guy”, but loved being on the water taking people out to see dolphins and whales, but it wasn’t enough to pay the bills. Read more>>

Sean Jablon | Photographer & Traveler

I enjoy the uncertainty of (calculated) risks. Firstly, I believe that the word “risk” can often have too much of a negative connotation associated with it. However, in the risks I take, I believe there is also an opportunity. By taking many calculated risks, in which I weigh many options and plausible outcomes to a situation beforehand, I have been fortunate enough to experience many amazing things so far in my life, and to have grown personally as well. Whether that be flying alone across the United States to meet online friends for the first time in person, or driving a stick shift car for the first time in Normandy, France, there was always something to take away from these experiences that came from my courage of taking these risks. Read more>>

Louis LaBelle | Woodworker


Every time we step into the unknown we feel like we are taking a risk. For a large part of my life I felt like I was stepping into the unknown everyday. I grew up on a small island in the pacific, Guam. I went to 4 different high schools from Guam, to Sacramento, and to Moreno Valley. Some of these things were a bit difficult for me when I was younger but as I got older I began to relish the unknown. I ran for little adventures where ever I could find them. I went to Dallas for school and awhile after that saw what Virginia was like. Read more>>

Byron Lorenz | Dope-ist

In order to win at this game of life you have to take risks. Of course these risks for myself have had better results when they were calculated but that stems from experience with taking spontaneous risks that have caused unwanted set backs. I view risks as leaps of faith, comparing it to that leap off of the mountain, seeking to glide to a successful destination or stepping off of that same mountain, putting one foot in front of the other, knowing that the divine is supporting me with a solid foundational support every step of the way. Read more>>

Samantha Knapp | Crystal Lover & Law Student!

I think about “risk” a lot. An individual has taken one of the biggest risks by merely starting a business. I contemplated the risk of investing in crystals and rocks for over a year before Made of Earth officially became a business. I continue to weigh the risks and rewards as my business is growing. These risks bring so much more than “rewards.” The right risk is a blessing. Read more>>

Harrison Goldfarb | Coconut Guy

“You realize how many bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches you’re going to have to sell, right?” I didn’t expect my former company, or I guess anyone to understand why I was leaving my job as a consultant to the D.O.D, but I knew in my heart it was the right thing to do. After moving to San Diego knowing one person and a trepidatious housing situation during a worldwide pandemic, quitting to start a food cart seemed like a walk in the park. Furthermore, as a recent East to West Coast transplant, I knew that the only thing more satisfying than a good bacon, egg, and cheese, is knowing that I make the best bacon, egg, and cheese and I just had to share that with the people of San Diego. Read more>>

Mara | Lifestyle Content Creator

As risk increases, the reward increases. There’s two approaches in life: take the safe choice and you’ll continue to live your life the way it is, maybe even with small improvements as the years go on or adventure into an arcade of success and failure. Nothing is free; we all pay to play. When it comes to any business, there’s initial cost even more expensive than money: time. Read more>>