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.

Gabriel Gabrielito” Gonzalez | Stage Performer

Ive always wanted to be a part of something. I just never felt like I fit anywhere. Id be invited to the dinner but no place at the table. It wasn’t until I started taking risk that anything significant happened. Read more>>

Amanda Nelson | Mindfulness Facilitator, Outdoor Guide, Circus Instructor, Life-Liver

I believe risks are essential not only for ones career but someones personal growth in life. I am a huge believer that with big risk and change can come great reward and opportunity. The ability to see the world and YOUR world from a diverse angle and perspective is an important tool.. Read more>>

Jiela Rufeh | Photo-Artist

From an early age I’ve been a risk taker. I changed middle schools, high schools and even colleges mid-year or after the first year. My gut told me that quality of life and emotional happiness would always be my guide to make big changes and not to settle until it felt right. Read more>>

 Jeffrey Love | Creative Director, Designer

I think risk-taking is an essential, dynamic part of any business owner. Risks can cause high alertness and that keeps me on my toes and focused and in some cases white-knuckled too. I started my pre-computer career in NYC and figured out really fast that if I didn’t get on board with using computers I wouldn’t have a career in advertising and marketing. The company I was with took a chance and bought me a mac. Read more>>

Julie Fiedler | Personal Chef & Owner

Taking a risk can sound scary. I think a lot of people don’t take a risk because a lot of times the outcome is unknown and there is a chance of failure or not meeting expectations. For me I get excited to take risks even if I know there’s a chance of failure since I believe the payoff if usually worth it. Read more>>

Fatih Koc | USSF Soccer Coach & ISSA Master Trainer

I graduated in French Language and Literature in college and got my master’s degree in international business administration in Istanbul. I was managing all customer service departments nationwide in one of the biggest companies there that was a subscription streaming service company like Netflix and was the owner of the broadcasting rights of the Turkish Super League and other soccer leagues in bein sports channels. Read more>>

Hannah Simas | Graphic Design + Artist

Risk taking has played a significant role in my career. I pursued graphic design at aa technical school attached to my high school as a form of escapism from social pressure. I was able to learn and enjoy design and realize how passionate I was about it. Once it was time to graduate I couldn’t see myself doing anything else and realized how much I love what I was doing. Read more>>

Brittney Leigh | Hairstylist/Makeup Artist

I used to work for corporate hair salons where you get paid an hourly rate, which is great for someone whose just starting out. However, it’s hard to build a clientele if you’re planning on working on your own one day because you are not able to bring those clients with you to a new location. Read more>>

Juan & Vanessa Vega & Fayad | Herbal Tea

Juan: Business, investing, and entrepreneurship is all a risk in its own as nothing is ever guaranteed. But having the courage to take on risk opens the door for endless opportunities, so the only way to take advantage of an opportunity is to accept the associated risk that comes with it. When you have the right mindset and faith in the plan you want to accomplish, navigating risk becomes simple. Read more>>