How do you think about risk? What role has taking risks played in your life/career?  Check out responses from hidden gems from our community below.

Lara Schmoisman | CEO & Founder of The Darl

Taking risks is inevitable and a big part of being an entrepreneur. Sometimes you have most of the facts on hand and can make calculated decisions, sometimes you just have to dive into the pool and hope for the best. Ultimately, in both cases, there’s a little bit of “faking it ‘till you make it”. I know it’s a cliché we’ve heard a thousand times, but hear me out. On numerous occasions, you are going to apply for a job or pitch a client and find yourself in a situation where you might not be exactly sure of how to proceed. That doesn’t mean you have to pass the opportunity, it just means that you have to work harder and learn a few new tricks in order to get the job done. However, if you are going to fake it till you make it, you better be able to hold your ground and be ready to know how to acquire the tools and skills to make it. Sometimes, it’s okay to admit that you need help or simply are not up to the challenge, but only you know your strengths and weaknesses. For example, don’t say you don’t speak a language fluently. If you don’t, there is no way you’ll be able to fake it. Read more>>

Maria Skakun | Choreographer/Director

Success lies on the other side of fear. I truly believe that. Never ever in my life I’ve achieved anything without risking everything. In order to get to this country I had to let go my entire past successful career and risk of loosing everything. But because I’ve bet so much on it, it lead me to success. When you only have plan A, you go full force. When you risk and not afraid of loosing everything – this is where you create the future you desire. Deep inside of your mind you know that you’ve put too much on it to fail. Read more>>

Trisha Gardner | Entrepreneur and Co-Owner of EdgeQuarters and Designer Fluff

Risk taking is an essential part of being an entrepreneur. When I was in entrepreneurship class at the U of A, I heard countless stories from many successful business owners about the number of risks they had to take to get there. You leverage your own personal assets, accept challenges from clients to push the limits on what you can accomplish, and say yes when others say no. That “can do” attitude and perseverance have helped define both of our companies. We wake up and take risks everyday, and that is always what leads to growth. Read more>>