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.

Bethany McCamish | Brand Strategist & Designer

Any entrepreneur is very familiar with risk, and this is especially true for women. On a surface level, the risk might seem to be leaving a stable job. While I took a year to build up my business before I ever quit my teaching job, it was risky, but not because I couldn’t get another teaching job- I knew I could. It’s risky on a deeper level because I was choosing to trust myself, say yes to myself, put my work and skills out on the line every day – flying solo. That is what entrepreneurs and small business owners risk when they venture away from W-2 jobs into their building their own brand business. Read more>>

Reina Rodriguez | Comedian

Risk taking has played a major role in my life. I was working tediously in the restaurant industry with no direction and after being fired I decided I wanted to tell an audience my story. I asked my friend who was a comedian to give me some stage time and it was the best decision I’ve ever made! The show was sold out and I was so scared! I took several shots of tequila and was shaking so hard I could barely hide it. To my suprise people laughed! I guess getting fired and telling everyone at work how you REALLY feel on the way out is great material. I fell in love with comedy in that moment. Read more>>

Jeremy Davenport | Owner of a Christian Apparel Company

Risk is everything. Now of course not reckless risk, but rather calculated risk (to the best of ones ability). Risking everything to choose my business over other steady income and high paying jobs actually forced me to make something happen with it. I spent too long “playing it safe” and at that rate, I wasn’t going to accomplish my dreams and goals for at least a decade. It’s scary. Especially for myself being married and needed to provide and pay the bills, it seems almost reckless from the outside. But ultimately I am seeing the fruit of the risk and have been reminded once again that God is in control and that it’s all about the leap of faith. You can play it safe, and have a okay life. But who wants an okay life? Read more>>

Guy Bar-Am | Entrepreneur across multipole industries

Being an entrepreneur, one the biggest factors that has contributed to my success is risk taking. It is paramount to a business owner to be able to stifle any fears you have about failure and the trepidation that comes along with not knowing if a business decision or new idea will prosper. Educating yourself in the matter, surrounding yourself with mentors and peers who have a proven track record of successes, being humble and willing to take advice from those with experience even when you think you may know more, are all necessary to entrepreneurial-minded individuals. Read more>>