Legend holds that Cornelius Vanderbilt had built a massive fortune in the steamboat shipping industry, but then realized the railroads were the way of the future and invested almost his entire net worth into railroads.  The gamble paid off and made Vanderbilt one of the wealthiest entrepreneurs ever.  But risks are inherently…risky.  How do you think about risk and how has it affected your life and career?  Some of our community favorites share their perspective below.

Ann Golumbuk | Artist

People often remark that I’m never afraid, but I think that it just never occurs to me to be fearful of something new. Risk taking has always been part of my life. When I was growing up, everyone in my family tried something different—I was surrounded by countless paths and options. That atmosphere fostered an attitude in me that life isn’t played on the sidelines. I know that failure is a possibility, but I’m okay with that; sometimes you are going to try something that you’ve wanted to do, but you’re not going to be great at it. Embarrassment is an obstacle—and I’m no stranger to it—but I firmly believe that you should try to achieve things regardless of that fear of failure. This became especially true for me after my accident. Faced with the desperation of being stuck in a static position, I knew that everything else would be easy after that. My career as an artist began as a risk. Read more>>

Matt Spencer | Owner & Operator

I think risk taking has always been a key component of the hospitality industry. That being said there’s a certain amount of risk in any new project that we take on, however it’s calculated risk. We know what kind of expertise we bring to the table in terms of design and creating an experience for our guests. We always do our research on the market we’re stepping into and making sure that there is a genuine want and need for that product. There will always be mitigating factors that our completely out of our hands, but the risks we have taken have truly paid off. Restaurants can be a beast but in my experience the risk has always been worth the reward. Read more>

Steven Aguilar | Tattoo Artist

In my eyes I believe that we should take risk in life . Sometimes you have to take risk in order for you to get better experience but you also have to pick and choose in what situations to take risk. In my career I have taken many risk and that has got me where I am today . I wouldn’t be a great tattoo artist if I never took the risk to tattoo things I didn’t think I was capable of. Read more>>

Angie Klein | Professional Portrait & Wedding Photographer

I don’t think I’d be where I am today if I wasn’t brave enough back when and didn’t take the risks that I took to be the person I am today. For me, risk taking is not about what I would lose in the process, it’s what’d I’d gain/learn from the experience. I’ve learned that fear will always be there, but the “could haves”outweighs the “what if’s”. Read more>>