Risk is the most common topic that comes up in our conversations with entrepreneurs and so each week we ask entrepreneurs to talk to us on the record about how they think about risk.

Shelby Tuerr | Hairstylist & Spiritual Coach

I believe there are no rewards without risk. Honestly my life has been full of moments I had to take a risk to get to where I am today. At the age of 25 I basically cleaned house in everything to start over again. I left a long relationship, left a high paying job to ultimately move back home and go to cosmetology school. Little did I know, I’d truly find myself through this journey and start my own business. I then was diagnosed with a rare disease and was faced with the choice of getting surgery to remove parts of my colon due to cancer, being advised I may not have children if I did. I chose the surgery and now have a 6 month old little girl. Point being, my choices of risk have always paid off and led me to where I am today but also, play a huge part in who I am. I live by the motto life is short, make every moment count. Read more>>

Keith Chapman | Entrepreneur, Creative & Adventurer

To me, life itself is risk. When I was younger, I approached physical risks with relative ease. I’d do these advanced hikes and end up walking across a land arch with a 1000 foot fall on either side or jump across a 3-foot gap from a cliff to a flat spire at Canyonlands National Park 1500 ft above the floor. I remember my wife and I almost falling off of a cliff on the Na Pali Coast on Kauai after a crazy gust of wind that whipped around the corner while we were on a really narrow trail that was not well maintained. That one reset my view on physical risk a bit. When I was young I took these physical risks in stride but did not take a lot of mental risks. I played it relatively safe with school, relationships and my career. The result with a safer mental approach when I was young was that I never much got into trouble with substances or relationships and I never wanted to blow off my responsibilities, I think that gave me a great foundation and a strong work ethic. Read more>>

Mighty Tim Young | Writer, Singer, Guitarist, Composer, Poet

I believe risk taking is essential. To begin with I moved to New York City to chase my acting aspirations, from a small town in Pennsylvania. I ended up living there for thirty-seven years. I discovered I was a musician and that I was not going to end up on the Broadway stage. That did not hurt me, for then I had my music and the great people I found to help me flesh out those particular dreams. My wife then, Bonnie and I decided to have a child and raise our son in Manhattan, where he received the best education money could never buy. Later, having met my life partner, Paula, we decided it was time for a change and took the risk of moving away from my city home for so many years and delve into the small town culture and beauty of northern Arizona. All risks that I never harbor any regrets about. Read more>>