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.

Pam Corbett | Founder & CEO

At the core, I’m a risk-taker. Although I’m not sure, people would guess that about me. I always weigh the outcomes first when I take risks, and I’m not afraid to fail. I think this philosophy has made me successful, especially in entrepreneurship. Starting a business is always a risk. There are so many unknowns and roadblocks. There are days you’re not sure you can make it. So really, surviving is a risk. But it can be well worth it. Read more>>

Scott Takai | Commercial Director & DP

Risk taking I believe is the number one thing that will make or break your career. Every major growth period of my life and career always came from taking some sort of uncomfortable risk. When I first started out as a filmmaker, I had the belief that I had to graduate from college and get a job within my field. Read more>>

Monica & Sammy | Travelling Macrame Artists

For us, taking risks is one of the most important things in life. Without risk, there is little reward; with risks, the rewards are endless! If we both hadn’t decided to travel on our own years ago, we wouldn’t have met each other and started travelling together. All of our choices have brought us to where we are today. The both of us (Sammy and Monica) grew up with different upbringings, but we share the same views. We’re both driven by adventure and the urge to discover new places. So we decided to create a business that would embody that and give us the freedom to live the life we want to! Read more>>

Jose Martinez | Owner

I think in my case I have always been a risk taker. You cannot be afraid to fail. I have taken many risks in my life in different areas and thankfully there has been more positive outcomes than negative. You always learn more from your mistakes and I have made many and will continue to do so. I learned about risk taking from my mom at an early age. She would always get involved in different business ventures even if she didn’t understand them well. She would always tell me to try new things and not to be afraid. Read more>>

Vakhtang Latsuzbaya | Development & Research Engineer

When I’m thinking about taking risks, the quote “No risk, no fun” always pops up in my head. If we want to have interesting lives, we obviously have to take risks. Actually we do it all the time, every day. We don’t even think about it, because it belongs to our lives. Even cooking something new for dinner is a risk. Of course, there are small and high risks. When we are thinking about high risks, it always relates to fear or changes in our comfort zones. But actually it’s only in the beginning because we don’t have enough information or experience about it. During the achievement of the goal, the fear or discomfort goes away. Read more>>

Hat Pin Panic | Los Angeles Rock Band – Members: Chris Simental, Danita Clark, Eric Vasquez, Jenifer Roosevelt

Individually and as a band we welcome risk. As artists, we know there’s always going to be a certain amount of risk involved in all aspects of the process – writing, performing, recording, trying to get on playlists, trying to get people to come out to shows. Taking risks requires a certain amount of believing — in oneself and in the band. In the case of music, it’s ultimately rewarding to share music with others. In order to do that, artists have to put themselves “out there” and that requires taking risks. It also requires a certain amount of trust to get where we all want to go. Read more>>

Jasmine Agudelo | Taking Risk to Reach Your Goal

Risk is something that is necessary to purse any goal. risk is like a bump in the road. When you come to it you have three choices. One you can stop and give up because you think it is not worth it. Two you can turn around because you are not ready to take that risk or need to revaluate your goal. Then there is three you can go over it because you don’t know what is down the road but your willing to take that risk right now. I have taken risk in my own life and in my career path. I risked leaving school for a new path and putting myself out there on Instagram as a doll life photographer. Read more>>

Sophia YRUETA | Hair Stylist

I have always been a risk taker. I think it’s in my DNA; however I also have the tendency to stick to what’s comfortable at times too. I got to a point in my career where I was done working for other people and putting their needs before mine. I knew if I ever wanted the true freedom in my career and life that I just needed to make the leap to start my own business Read more>>

Sarah Garcia | Entrepreneur & Esthetician

Taking risks can be scary. You just have to do what you have to do until you get things done. Nothing is going to land on my lap because I want it. If I want some thing, I have to work hard for it. My biggest risk was quitting my job with a stable paycheck. I had set a goal to quit my job by the end of 2021. Things started moping faster than expected. I made the decision to quit my job, and although I didn’t have much saved, it felt like it was the risk I had to take and just make it work. There was no other option. I hoped for the best and put in my two weeks notice in May of 2021. On the first day of going full time into my business, my anxiety was through the roof, I signed up for beauty school to be able to provide more. That same day and went 100% all in. Read more>>