In our experience, most folks, including ourselves don’t have enough of an understanding of risk and the role it plays in our lives and careers and so we have made a concerted effort as a team to have conversations about risk with our interviewees. We’ve shared some highlights below.

Zoë Lefèvere | Journalist

Risk is, let’sface it: risky. But I’m more like a ‘better regret the things you’ve donerather than the things you haven’t done’-kinda girl. Recently I took a very big risk, but it changed my life for the better. I have Crohn’s disease. I was diagnosed back in 2015 and I was on medication ever since. In the summer of 2021, I became resistant to the medication which had always worked perfectly well for me. Read more>>

Chris Magnuson | Creator of Streetview Vagabond

When faced with a risk, I find myself excited by the idea of what can go right as opposed to dwelling on what can go wrong. At the age of 14, I was obsessed about travelling the world. I got a job and saved for two years to go on a summer homestay in France. I never worried about the long distance from home, incorporating myself into a new family or the challenge of learning a new language. The motivation to experience international travel was more compelling than worrying about the risk. In fact, I never thought of it as a risk. Read more>>

Annie Schermer | Writer, Artist, Musician, and Puppeteer

Risks have been the defining moments of my life and career. A couple of years after I graduated college I was sort of treading water, working as a seamstress and making my art around the edges, mostly not shared with the outside world. Then my friend Channing encouraged me to move with her to Madison County, North Carolina, to build a life in the direction of our creative dreams. At the time we’d written a few songs together, and had some very early ideas about puppetry, stop-motion animation, and performance art. Read more>>

Shruti Lovings | Cosmetic Nurse Injector & CEO

I hate to sound cheesy but the whole “without risk there’s no reward” quote always resonates with me. Prior to opening my own cosmetic injecting business I used to work for a medspa and my clients would always ask me why I didn’t just do my own thing, to be frank the only thing holding me back was my fear of failure. I finally decided to just go for it and take a risk in opening my own business when I realized I was tired of making others money with my own artistry and knowledge. Read more>>

Telma Sanchez | Bilingual Life and High Performance Coach.

I look at risks as great opportunities to try something new and get out of your comfort zone to experience new growth. Think about it, every time you take a risk, you are exposing yourself to “danger”. Your body perceives that as anything out of the ordinary. Yet taking a risk is making you choose yourself over the fear. It is making you show up as the person that can take a risk to learn and try something new. It levels you up, and forces you to embody the person you want to be, courageous and brave. Read more>>

Dr. Angela Kenzslowe | Psychologist, Speaker & Consultant

I describe myself as a risk taker and believe it’s a high level of risk tolerance that creates entrepreneurial quests. Since being a young person, my risk tolerance was high. I was fine with failure. In the 7th grade I tried out for a competitive team and made it. I think tried out to be the captain, even though the captains prior had all been on the team for at least one year as a team member. It would not have bother me if I had failed. It would have bothered me had I not tried. I tried, and made captain. That has essentially been my career mantra. Read more>>

Alisha Apergis | Dispensaries manager

Leaving my establish medical career as a surgical assistant to join the emerging 22 billion dollar cannabis industry was one of the biggest risk I’ve taken in life and in career. You hear people say all the time “there’s never reward without risk” or something like that and well they’re very right. All family and friends though I was crazy, well they’re very right too. That’s why I took the risk. Read more>>