Are you a risk taker? Do you think you have a stronger appetite for risk relative to your friends and family? We asked some folks from the community about their approaches to risk and have shared their thoughts below.

Mia Jones-Williams | Stretchmark and Scar Camouflage Technician

Risk are what will lead to your success ! I took a leap of faith jumping into this skincare field that isn’t widely known yet and had faith that I could make a name for myself with it. Stepping out of my comfort zone and following my dreams has led me to great success and happiness! Read more>>

morena roas | artist/songwriter/entertainer

You never know unless you try .. trying is the new Risk Read more>>

Olga Bachilo | Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

My career and risk-taking go hand in hand. Whether it’s a financial decision for my business, like purchasing cutting-edge technology for the med spa or operating on a patient, I take calculated risks daily. I think risks are significant for career advancement and our life choices. Every single time you get a “what if” thought in your mind, you face a fork on your path. Getting married is a risk – what if I get a divorce? Choosing the right major in college – what if I cannot find a job or it becomes obsolete? Buying a house – what if I dislike my neighbors? Our lives are endless choices that we cannot avoid; the only difference is the level of risk – however, the bigger the risk, the bigger the reward. Therefore, I always encourage calculated risk-taking, weighing pros and cons before making a decision. Read more>>

Adrienne Jones | Mobile Salon Owner/Operator

I believe that taking risks are a necessary part of life. It allows you to show yourself how to be determined, courageous, and sharpen your instincts. I took a huge risk by owing, building, and operating a mobile salon with no guides, models, or advise. Just sheer drive, vision, and lots of prayer! It’s the best risk I’ve taken! Now I’m a true independent entrepreneur blazing my own path, and I’m so happy! Read more>>

Kathy Tang | Nail tech

Taking risks used to scare me but I learned you can’t become successful If you’re afraid to take leaps of faith. It can be uncomfortable at first because with risks come great change. And many times, people are afraid of that change or at least I know I am. But taking risks has brought me so much wisdom and confidence in my life. It definitely has brought out a better new and improved me all around. Overall all I can say is that taking risks is fun and can be challenging, but who doesn’t love a good challenge?! Read more>>

Logan Elise Taylor | Cosmetologist

Risk taking in the hair industry is such a large component of our career. Without it there is no growth, and without growth you become “stagnant”. Your clients can feel this from you and will venture off to more exciting opportunities. There is a line to draw when taking risks with someones looks, but taking risks to figure out where to draw those lines is a must. Read more>>

Alyson Sheppard | Exercise Physiologist & Sports Performance Coach

The word “Risk” has changed drastically throughout my life and career. Risk was always something I did which created tension, with the perception that it was something ‘bad’. I took “risks” that would not benefit my current situation because I didn’t know how to take control of the tension. “Risk” has a bad connotation to it, unless we completely change our perspective and trajectory of our goals and mentality. I learned this through many situations and seasons of my life. Read more>>

Angelica Canales | Interior decorator & CEO of Angie Sales

A lot of people didn’t have faith in me and to be honest I don’t think I even had faith in myself, yet I risked my being to open up my own business. This also happened with me not knowing anything at all about furniture and how to manage that type of store; everything I learned happened along the way. Thankfully it all turned out even better than what I imagined, so I’m happy I took that risk. Read more>>

Natasha Cancel | Nail Artist

Professionally, I constantly take risks in order to develop and get to where I want to be. I believe there is no other way and I’m fine with that. When I am faced with a situation that gives me knots in my stomach and somehow challenges my abilities, my brain perceives a chance for growth. I tell myself: “after overcoming this you will be even better”. On a personal level, I am the youngest of three sisters, my father’s favorite (don’t tell them) so in some way or another I always got away with everything. My family is my Safe Harbor and together we can do everything. I am blessed by God and therefore I have an adventurous spirit and full of hope for the good things to come. Read more>>