Taking Risk is essential, but how much, when and why? Taking risks effectively is as much of an art as it is a science and we’ve asked some of the brightest folks in the community to tell us about how they think about risk taking.

Tyler Chandler | Cinematographer

Risk is a major part of success. A lot of businesses cannot grow to a certain level without some sort of risk. If I never agreed to quit my job when a friend of mine ask me to start up a digital media and marketing company I would have stayed at my 9-5 and never gotten to the point I’m at today. Although I am not where I want to be quite yet, risk has definitely opened a lot of doors and put me on the right path. Read more>>

Caleb Riutta | Web Designer | SEO Master

Without any risk, we wouldn’t have the reward. Our brains are hard-wired to identify risks and reward us when we take those risks and the results are favorable. Taking risks has changed my life, my career, and my entire outlook on life. I moved from Arizona to Finland to be with my girlfriend who later became my wife. I knew nobody in Finland, I didn’t speak the language, and I wasn’t sure what I was going to do as far as my career. It was a risk that paid off because shortly after getting to Finland I enrolled in Business School and was accepted. The icing on the cake was that the school was completely free–and they actually paid me to go to school! Had I not taken this big risky change then I wouldn’t have met my future business partner. We met in Business School where we instantly clicked and shared the same passion, entrepreneurship. Read more>>

Dusti Bowling | Children’s Book Author

Every time I make the decision to write a novel, I’m taking a huge risk—the risk that the book won’t ever be published. The risk that it won’t be read or loved. The risk that it will be published but it will be overlooked in the marketplace and will quickly fall out of print. Every single book is a risk. We writers invest hundreds of hours of time, our whole hearts, and our tears into our stories with the hope that others will connect with what we’ve created. To have that work rejected, which happens very frequently, is heartbreaking. But the risk is still worth taking. Because when our work does finally get published, and readers do connect with it, the rewards are immeasurable. Read more>>

Sydney Vitale | Registered Nurse, Esthetician, and Studio Owner

I wholeheartedly believe risk taking is a fundamental aspect of achieving your goals. None of us ever know how the decisions we make are going to turn out, but if we never take the leap we won’t know what we are truly capable of. My risk taking mentor was a strong and talented woman with an entrepreneurial spirit, my mom. She has taken some pretty ballsy risks, and has always encouraged me to just give things a try. I watched her continually take risks, sometimes she would succeed and sometimes fall a little short. This taught me a valuable lesson early on, “life goes on”. No failed attempt stopped her from “picking herself up by her bootstraps” and trying again. This has helped me to have what I consider to be a healthy fear of risk – being able to weigh out the potential consequences but not allowing it to paralyze me; willing to be uncomfortable yet unafraid to fail. Read more>>

Chelsea Frisbie | Lash Artist & Full Body Wax Specialist

My entire business was built on risk. I worked in a corporate setting for years knowing that I had so much potential, but was terrified to fail. One day it clicked for me that this was not my forever job. I was comfortable and paying my bills, but I wasn’t being challenged. My job was so specialized that I wasn’t expanding my knowledge or using so many of the skills that I had been taught in school. With the unwavering support of my family and friends, I was dead set on opening Rooted Gypsy and have never looked back! I opened my studio weeks before the covid shut down and was so worried that I wouldn’t be able to make it. Once the shut down had lifted, I couldn’t believe the amount of love I had received. I’m so blessed and grateful for my amazing clientele for supporting my dream. While I couldn’t have made this happen without them, I never discredit the amount of time, tears and dedication I have poured into my business. If i had never taken this risk, I would have never been graced with its undeniable magic. Read more>>

Nick Regan | Freelance Photographer/Videographer

Taking risks is a scary thing, but the way that I deal with that fear is my belief in Jesus and that He will always provide, whether that means providing finances, opportunities or miracles. I know that anyone who is chasing the dream that God has given them and doing their good work for His kingdom, that He will always bless them. Recently took the risk of quitting my full-time job with stable income to pursue the dream that God has given me, which is being a full-time photographer/videographer. It has been about five months since I left my previous job to chase this dream and it can be challenging at times but I know that I am doing what I love and was meant to do. I am so blessed to be able to have the opportunity to chase my dreams, I know that God will always provide for me. Read more>>

Kiolli Sydnor | Natural Hair Stylist

When I think about risks it always lead to whether I’m going to soar and fly or fall. Its very scary, uncomfortable and life changing to say the least. Taking risks has played the number one role in my life and career, from working in Corporate America most of my adult life to becoming a full time momprenuer overnight. I would always think of ways how I could operate a business and still be able to make ends meet, but I found myself scared of the risks and opinions of others to deter me. It wasn’t until 2019 that I took a leap of faith, with no financial plan that I began to soar. I went from overlooked to now overbooked in the matter of months……..I am a true example that my risk was worth the wait. Read more>>