In our experience, most folks, including ourselves don’t have enough of an understanding of risk and the role it plays in our lives and careers and so we have made a concerted effort as a team to have conversations about risk with our interviewees. We’ve shared some highlights below.

Gail Menasco | SEO Analyst, Content Strategist and Podcast Producer

A few of my hobbies have included skydiving, shark diving, black water diving, and paragliding… so naturally, people see me as a risk-taker. I see myself as a conservative risk taker. Whatever I want to learn, I dive deep into that learning, find mentors, enroll in multiple courses and work to be as safe as I can be while experiencing life in a whole new way. How I lead my life personally, has helped me professionally by helping me have a mindset ready for adventure instead of fear. Read more>>

Emma Watts | Film and Music Photographer + Vintage Curator

I think of risk as an act of surrender to the Universe – and one of the greatest gifts you could offer yourself. It’s the knowing that taking a chance on yourself could lead to the next great unfolding, the discovering of a new light in your inner world.. or at the very least, help to steer you back to the drawing board + identify what is not aligned with your values and goals. It’s shown to me that, on the other side of the ridiculous nerves, doubt, and anxiety, is one of two things: Fulfillment, or redirection towards what will ultimately serve me that fulfillment. Read more>>

Landon Tholen | Founder & Cyber Professional

Risk is fundamental to progress. I believe that we have to embrace risk to grow and I can’t think of anything worthwhile in my life that didn’t require risk. That said, don’t accept risk blindly. Nearly 20% of small businesses fail in the first year and nearly 50% within the first 5 years. Do everything you can to mitigate the effects of risks so when, not if, you fail the downside is manageable. Hedge your bets and have a plan B for everything you do. Plan for things to not go according to plan. Read more>>

Carlos Sanchez | Photographer / Videographer

Risk for me is necessary, without it I wouldn’t be where i’m at today. To go into it deeper I believe if you don’t take any risks or do things that make you uncomfortable you will not be better next year, sure its better said than done but I believe genuinely if you do these two things CALCULATED life will look a lot brighter. It has worked for me and plenty of my friends so to me this is a mandatory if you want more for yourself and the people around you in this life. Read more>>

Angelica Andrews | CEO of Palo Santo Marketing, Investor & Entrepreneur

There are a few sayings that inspire me when I think of risk. “Take the risk or lose the chance” and “You gotta risk it for the biscuit!” are my favorite. Risky Business by Zhu is one of my favorite songs actually, the pre chorus seductively chants “Risk it all, risk it all, risk it all, risk it all” for like 5 minutes. I am no stranger to risk taking. Read more>>

Maritza Alarcon | Lifestyle & Motherhood Blogger , Analyst and Momma

I was not much of a risk-taker when I was younger. I was afraid of failure. It was a pressure I put on myself. I always wanted to take the safest road. I even changed majors because I was scared of failing and taking risks. It wasn’t until in my late twenties I learned that taking risks should be something I do to learn. Learn about myself and my struggles and maybe find a better alternative. I see failure as a redirection now, and if you change your mindset about it, you will see taking risks and failure as a learning opportunity, and the pressure won’t be as much. Read more>>

Katie Brooks | Pasta Maker & Instructor

In 2021, I quit my six figure job to start my own pasta company, dive head first into working for myself, & finally being able to show my creativity in the kitchen. It all started 10 years ago, after graduating college and studying abroad in Italy. I decided to move across the country to California, somewhere I’d always been drawn to but had never been. This move led me to a great job, with lifelong friends and an amazing husband but there was still something missing in my career – passion for my work. Read more>>

Steven Langlois | Electronics Repair Technician

I strongly feel that risk and business go hand in hand. Just like the old saying, “No risk, no reward.” In order to even start your business, you have to take the plunge. There is no guarantee of success or even a payout, but you still have to be willing to take the risk. Along with taking calculated risks, you must also put yourself into some uncomfortable situations and scenarios. Just like Steve Harvey says, “You have to be comfortable with being uncomfortable.” Read more>>

J. Michelle DiGiovanni | Cafe owner, wife, Mom

Life is all about risk taking. Every move we make could be considered a risk. There are no guarantees in love, careers, or any part in life. Sure, peope can take calculated risks and weigh out the pros and cons of decisions but at the end of the day anything can happen. My husband and I picked up and moved from Los Angeles to the So Cal mountains to open LuluBelle’s Coffee House and bakery. Read more>>

Shane Alexander | Professional Stuntman

Risk-taking is pretty much an everyday thing for most people honestly, but especially so in the stunt industry, it’s literally our job. These are not just “close your eyes and jump” type risks though. We work with calculated risks! Stunt performers need to be able to execute stunts over and over. There is a reason we train constantly, technique and skill can honestly save your life while performing stunts on set, and taking time to calculate the stunt and perform it safely is always the main goal for Stunt Coordinators and Stunt performers. Read more>>

Pauline Sala | Surfskater, model and actress

I grew up in France, but my parents and I would go to the US a lot and I always knew I was going to move there as soon as I can! So as soon as I graduated high school, I moved to Florida by myself to pursue a degree in Theater arts! It was one of the biggest risk I have ever taken, moving by myself to a whole different country at 18 years old! My college life was pretty typical : joined a sorority, partied a bunch and studied a lot! Read more>>

Angela Quach | Business & Life Coach

There is no great reward without great risk. I learned to never settle for less. Every path taken will always have challenges; that’s life! I’ve learned that if I’m going to endure challenges, the reward should be worthy of my dreams. I had to let go of my fear of not succeeding in order to make room for greatness. I had to fill the space within me with hope, faith, and conviction. When I first started my own business, I can’t even begin to explain how scared I was! All my fears and doubts came crashing in on me, “Would I be successful?” “How will I make money?” “Where do I even start?”. Read more>>

Jonaa Darrie | CEO and FOUNDER of TOSCA HONEY

‘Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go’ – T. S. Eliot TOSCA HONEY came to be once I was able to let go of self doubt , uncertainty and step outside of my comfort zone. I had the vision, passion and story, it just needed to be brought to life and I could not let the fear of failure hold me back. We will not grow without taking risks. Read more>>

Kelsey Johnson | Artist

Strategic risk is an integral factor of my success. Key word being strategic! I think taking risks is a beautiful, empowering, and exciting necessity when growing professionally or personally. However- knowing at least when and how to maneuver a risk can be the difference between rapid growth or a devastating set back. Of course- some level of unknown is part of risk taking. But equipping myself with strategic skills like critical thinking and planning have granted me a higher probability of success. Read more>>