There is a wealth of academic research that examines the impact perspectives on risk have on people’s lives and career. While the academic inquires are interesting and provide some value, in our view hearing directly from people about how their views on risk taking have affected their own lives is very enlightening. We’ve shared some of those responses below.

Lauren Schneider | Photographer & Student

Over the past year, I have learned the importance of taking risks. Something that I have learned and has helped me push myself in areas that I would not have before, is to be comfortable with the uncomfortable. I started my photography business as a shy 17 year old, scared of what people would think about me and about my photography. Stepping into an industry with thousands of professionals at such a young age was extremely uncomfortable, however that feeling is what motivated me. Read more>>

Ali Malmkar | Real Estate Agent

I think risks are important in your career, especially when you’re young. I look at high risks with the potential of having a high reward. When I have taken risks with my career and with my life, the success is much better than if I hadn’t. Also, when I’ve taken risks and don’t succeed how I would want to, I learn lessons that end up being valuable in the long run. There is no failure in either outcome. Risks have a huge role in my life and career. Read more>>

Denise Black | Makeup Artist

Risk taking is definitely something that has taken a huge role in my business. Before I decided to take the leap and give myself the opportunity to focus more on being a makeup artist, I was working full time for a cooperate company. It made it difficult to balance both at once since so much of my time was being consumed during the week. I finally made the decision to go down to part time, and was unsure if I would have enough business coming in to keep me afloat, but it was something I knew I HAD to do in order for my business and for myself to grow. Read more>>

Natelle Gentile | Former D1 Gymnast, Current Sports Producer & Fitness Enthusiast

“Risk brings reward” is a statement that holds so much truth. Personally, taking risks have gotten me to where I am today, and has made me who I am as well. Looking back on my life thus far, every milestone moment came after a risk was taken. Growing up as a gymnast was a daily “risk taking” lifestyle. Every jump, leap or flip on top of a four inch wide-four foot high beam required more risk than most people would enjoy presented to them, but the feelings that cultivate after you land that skill are what make the risk a reward. Read more>>

Amanda Kapci | Found, CEO of The Nanny Concierge

Throughout my life, I’ve always tried to play it pretty ‘safe.’ I wasn’t much of a risk taker. I rode horses and played sports growing up; but, even then, I tried my best to not take too many risks. I would describe myself as competitive, but NOT a risk taker. Taking risks is scary! It’s the fear of the unknown. Not having a definitive answer or known destination is scary! One of my favorite sayings is, “The biggest risk you will ever take, is not taking one at all.” Yikes! This is so true! Read more>>

Heather Cox | Health/Fitness Coach

“If you risk nothing, then you risk everything.” – Geena Davis Four years ago, I took the biggest risk of my life. I knew I had just made the best decision I could ever make, or the absolute worst. But I just kept asking myself, what did I want my life to look like when it was all said and done? At the time, I was working a corporate job, averaging about 50-60 hours per week making less than $35,000 a year. I took a leap of faith and invested $5,000 of that money into a coach to help me launch my own business. Read more>>

Megan Lange | Community Founder & Digital Creator

In any industry, risk is a factor. But when it comes to working for yourself, starting your brand, and knowing yourself as an entrepreneur; getting comfortable with risk is essential. You are betting on yourself, and as reassuring as that sounds you will have to take more risks and get out of your comfort zone daily to achieve your goals and grow your business and yourself. Getting comfortable with risk is something I’ve had to work on in the last year. Read more>>

Sharon Rose | Spiritual Activist and Feminine Leadership Coach

Risk is something I have become very comfortable with in my life. Even before I was conscious of the risks I was taking, they were there. I don’t believe there is ever a time in which we we are not taking a risk. I define risk as the potential “thing” we may lose, feel, or experience which may be less than, painful, or not what we want or expect. What is most interesting about this is, that we experience this risk whether we take action in our life or not. Read more>>

Tess Mosko Scherer | Visual Artist & Transformational Life Coach

I love this question. Risk has been a topic of my thoughts these past few years. And, somehow, it always comes back to Risk. And Risk is different for everyone. When I was younger, I had thought of risk as something grand – moving, leaving a job, saying i love you. What I have come to learn is that risks don’t always have to be grand, they just have to be a stretch beyond your comfort zone. Something to move you beyond yourself and from becoming complacent in your life. Read more>>

Marie Olson | Artist & Associate Art Therapist

I think risk-taking is so important for anyone, and for artists it might be really pertinent. Risk-taking has played the role of moving me forward or into unexpected directions, sometimes when I wanted to dig my heels in and hide! I think that the most important thing that taking risks has shown me has to do with fantasy and imagining. As an artist, and a human, I spend lots of time in my own story of reality. Read more>>

Britni Gallello | Vice President of Media at RealWorld Marketing

I’m a firm believer in the saying “no risk, no reward.” When you think about it, some of the greatest inventions and companies were forged because someone took the risk, quit their day-job, and followed their dreams. There have been several times in my career where I took a risk and moved from a job I was perfectly comfortable in because I knew I wanted to do more. There were even times where former bosses told me I was making a “huge mistake”. Read more>>

Jarrett Ransom | Nonprofit Nerd

Ahhh…risks. I typically put the cart before the horse. So, yes, I would say that I am definitely a risk taker. Just the other day I was talking about how entrepreneurship offers a high risk – high reward lifestyle. It comes with a lot of ups and some downs. Thankfully I was raised by entrepreneur parents and witnessed first-hand what this lifestyle could provide. For me, my personal WHY is freedom, flexibility and travel. My entrepreneur lifestyle affords me all of these things. And yes, it also comes with some demands that some may never understand. Read more>>

Lexi McDonald | Hair and makeup artist

Risk taking to me is alot like learning to fall forward , meaning if a person is not constantly pushing themselves out of their comfort zones , they will continue to just sit in the same spot never moving. Risk taking as played a huge role in my life, without taking risks I would not be here today opening my own place, yes is it scary? Of course, but if you never take a chance you will never know, People have often asked me if I am afraid of failure, but honestly I do not believe there is such a thing as failure, I believe that if you are constantly pushing yourself and doing everything you can to succeed you can never fail. Read more>>

Jennifer Caraway | Founder and Executive Director

I am a huge believer in Jumping….Unless it’s from a plane…I have had a rollercoaster of a life because of the appeal of risky situations but I truly feel that I am a better version of myself because of this magnetism. Risky behavior is what tends to set apart those that are able to achieve their dreams from those who only realize them during sleeping hours. I am not afraid to jump, I am not afraid to fail. I have failed, more than a few times which has allowed me to realize that I can get back up again (unless a plane is involved). Read more>>

Tiffany Jensen | Desert Bath Co. Artisan & IFBB Pro

Some of the biggest risks yield the greatest rewards. Achieving your goals and dreams don’t come easy and require you to take big risks to reach them. Don’t let the word “risk” scare you. I have a strong belief that failure is just as important as success. If you win, you’ll be happy. If you lose, you’ll have that much more wisdom. Read more>>