Are you a risk taker? Do you think you have a stronger appetite for risk relative to your friends and family? We asked some folks from the community about their approaches to risk and have shared their thoughts below.

Beth Ann Kaib | Owner of Nomadic Cowgirl and #websitemagician

To me, this is a two part answer. If you are in a state of comfort, you are not growing. Imagine yourself riding the flat escalator at the airport. If you look closely, most people are probably half asleep on their journey down the terminal. This is your life without risk. Yes you are moving forward, but are you really going anywhere? The same pattern and routine day in and day out. Insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. Read more>>

Gabriel Cordero | DJ / Videographer

Risk taking is something I had to to learn pretty early in the start of my career , growing my brand required me to take a lot of risk and be okay with the fact that not everyone will accept what you do. I had to take a major risk moving to Arizona and having to rebuild my brand awareness in a brand new city. The journey moving from New Jersey to pursue music and videography full-time is an on going process but it definitely is rewarding. Read more>>

Margarita Sotomayor | Designer, Artist and Dreamer.

The decisions that have impacted my life in a significant way and have given me satisfaction and have made me grow and learn, have been based on taking risks. Decisions that I made with doubt and fear of what can go wrong but with all the hope of what can go right. When I decided to apply and go to study in Spain, at that time, I did not have all the money to fully cover the tuition, much less housing, I did everything in my power, 2 jobs, saved all earn, I sent hundreds of letters asking for support, When I told my dad that I was leaving, he asked me: Read more>>

Chuck Pfoutz | Editor and Chief of House of Chuck Magazine

I think my entire career was one colossal risk. It was a risk for me to pick up the camera and go into these situations and pray that the camera does not break down, the lighting in the venue will make the pictures look great, and then publishing them and releasing them to the customer with the hope that they will be successful. So when I created my series, it was an investment that paid off because I am well known across the country for my photography, media, and artistry. Read more>>

Andrew Atencia | Rambler, Off-road Cyclist, Photographer, Writer

Without a doubt, life would be nothing without pursuing the unknown. It’s how I learn lessons, backtrack on my approach and take life in through a bigger lens. In the perspective of physical risk, it must be pursued respectfully and thoughtfully. The inherent risks with engaging in mountain sports is what draws me to tackle on problems in a controlled manner. You have no control over the conditions or what situation nature throws at you, so you must be prepared and constantly improving daily to prepare for anything. Read more>>

Elizabeth Loane | Energy Artist, Crystal Whisperer & Intuitive Interior Designer

I think taking risks is essential in business. You’re creating something from nothing and that takes trust. Trust in the yourself and in the process. I recently took a huge risk by quitting my day job, of nearly twenty years, and moving across the country to take on my own business full time. And although it was an incredibly nerve racking risk, I still felt compelled to do it. No matter how many roadblocks my mind threw up, my heart and my intuition knew it was the best choice for me. Read more>>

Nicole Miller | Owner/ Massage Therapist

Risk has played such a huge role in my businesses success! I started my business, Miller Massage, out of struggle. I was a single mom, working full time at this really nice day spa, and I just couldn’t keep up with the bills. It was great during the busy part of the year, but summer would come around and there was no work. I decided that if I just rented a little suite and posted on local groups and just taught myself advertising through trial and error, I’d eventually get enough momentum to get my own massage business going. Read more>>

Jordan Louzek | Founder & CEO of Panik Gaming

I think risk taking is essential to everything. A quote I like to live by, and it may be a cliche quote but it’s very true is: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”. There couldn’t be a more true way to go about things. I’ve taken plenty of risks when starting up my business, some have paid off and some haven’t, but in my opinion there’s no better way to learn than by doing. If I didn’t take a risk to quit my job and pursue gaming, I wouldn’t be in the position I am now with the business, so again I think risk taking is essential. Read more>>

Celeste O’Reilly | Owner and Maker, The Pampered Sloth

I have always been a risk-taker, even when I was young, though I didn’t know why it was important back then. I think when I was younger, it was more the excitement that comes from the unknown…going into a haunted house as a child, being a singer and going on stage as a teen and into college, changing my major to Law Enforcement and being a Police Officer in my 20’s. Taking risks has always been an undercurrent in my life. Read more>>

Steph Baer | Cosmetologist & Entrepreneur

I started making my air fresheners 2 1/2 years ago, I did some research and watched videos and decided to take a risk and throw my money into the air fresheners as they were selling, i was using that money to turn around and purchase more shapes to create the air fresheners and the scents. I started this business while working a full-time job and taking care of a child is pretty risky when I put my own money into this business hoping it will take off and its doing pretty well. Read more>>