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.

April Selman | Hatmaker and Business Owner

Our largest personal growth happens when we let go of our comfort zones and decide to take risks. We have started and re-started more times than I can count. We’ve lived and built a off the grid home in Chile, decided to give that up and moved to Argentina to start a restaurant and work with an international development. Sold everything and packed a suitcase and moved to Mexico. Then started over again by starting our latest business while living in Colorado. When the pandemic hit, it shook our business and our business model completely. We really looked at closing our business or risking it all and spending more money to relocate to be better situated for our business. Read more>>

Joey Freco | Artist

Life’s a risk. Risks made me. There’s no better feeling than getting that return on whatever it is you’re betting on. But to be real every time I lose the comeback feels way better. You might be down bad for a little while, but you can’t beat yourself up over it. I feel like risks is what makes or breaks you in this game. You got to be willing to take chances, but you also got to figure out what your balance is. Being smart with your wins will help you through the lows. Nothing lasts forever so I’d rather take my chances while I’m here. Read more>>

Aidan Neal | Nurse entrepreneur

Sounds cliche but I wholly believe without risk there is no reward. The very best this world has to offer has always been reserved for those willing to push themselves beyond their comfort zones. I do however behave in mitigating risk. Ie. Being sensible about the choices we make. It’s smart and Hella risky to jump. It’s foolish however, to jump from 100ft without a Parachute. Read more>>

Mesia Rena | Amazon’s Best Selling Author, Business Success Coach, & Serial Entrepreneur

Risk taking is basically what you do as an entrepreneur. We’re taking risks by starting our business from scratch not knowing if it will fail or succeed. Risk taking is apart of my everyday life as a full time entrepreneur. If it’s deciding on new products,machines, investments for the business I’m taking risks hoping for a positive outcome. Read more>>

Osiel Perez | CEO Sr. Ozzy’s Tacos y Mariscos

When i think about risk, i think about opportunity and growth. the only way to make it happen is to take risk. taking risk has been a huge factor in my life because we come from no background in the restaurant industry and ever since we started this journey has been nothing but making risky decisions. sometimes we have fail and sometimes we have succeeded. as a entrepreneur risk plays a huge role in our daily routine. Read more>>

Jason LaPierre | Musician

I consider myself to be a risk taker enthusiast. If you’re not always taking risks and challenging yourself to enter new situations, which often times includes leaving old ones, then it’s hard to find new opportunities and grow. I fear missing opportunities that come from taking risks more than the risks themselves. Read more>>

Hunter Bishop | Co-Founder of 4MOM Charity, Professional Athlete with San Francisco Giants Organization

I understand and have experienced first-hand to know that taking risks reap incredible rewards. It’s hard to find someone who has reached a certain level of success in any industry who hasn’t viewed risk as a fundamental part of their trajectory. As a professional athlete, it really comes with the job description. When my brother Braden and I decided to launch 4MOM, it was a new venture that was so unfamiliar to us. We really chose to embrace that, and take the risk of doing something outside of our comfort zone. As a result, it’s undoubtedly been the most challenging yet most fulfilling thing we’ve done in our professional careers at this point. Read more>>

Tammy Tappan | Equestrian Artist – Sculptor/Painter

I consider the willingness to tolerate risk to be one of the most important factors in my life. Along with change, it has been a constant in my life. I was raised by fairly conservative parents, so when I announced that I was dropping out of art school to start a sign company at the age of 19, the response was one of concern. To me it seemed pretty logical though. It was creative and everyone needs a sign at some point. That business grew to nearly 50 employees over 28 years and risk became my middle name. Every time I committed to a new piece of equipment, the purchase of a building, or hiring staff, I had to weigh the risk financially, as well as strategically. Read more>>

Serina Alashi | Online Fitness Coach & Nutritionist

Growth requires risk. Without risk, you won’t grow. Taking risks in life is what has brought me to where and who I am today. From taking risks of speaking up about how I feel, to taking risks in business and high financial investments. When I was younger, I was encountered by many situations where I knew if I did not voice how I was truly feeling, then things would not get resolved. I did not know what the consequences were going to be when I spoke up about how I felt until after I did it. Read more>>

Melody Pope | Model & Content Creator

I come from a background of chronic illness, low income, and severe childhood abuse. This has shaped my life moving forward in many ways, and contributed to many years of not believing I would survive very long, and not feeling particularly optimistic about it if I did. While stuck in survival mode as so many of us are without even realizing it, I had no idea what I wanted to do with myself, the thought hadn’t truly struck my mind until I was no longer worrying so much about surviving each day. Read more>>

Glenn Murphy | Restaurant & Bar Consultant

Risk is exciting, challenging, motivating. I feel as though, without risk, there’s no reason to pursue a project. I’ve never been a big gambler, except when it comes to business ~ obviously you weigh it up so the advantage ultimately outweighs the risk. I come from a long line of entrepreneurs, I watched my Dad turn a small family electrical business into Australia’s leading home-building company. I’ve often put personal financial security on the backburner if the project is interesting and exciting enough, which is what my Dad did. Read more>>