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.

Heather Murphy | Owner & Lead Psychotherapist of The Feelings Healers, a mental health counseling practice

Risks are necessary and unavoidable when you’re trying to live a life worth living and own a business. They’re scary as shit though! Personally, the first real big risk I took was when I moved to Houston from South Carolina when I was 17. As a female POC, I knew I needed to be somewhere more diverse, which is what got me to Houston. No better city in the country for diversity in my opinion. The personal risks have kept rolling since then, including becoming a mom, getting divorced during a pandemic, and learning to ride a motorcycle! Read more>>

Chosen Quick | Choreographer & all around Creative

I don’t even know where to begin. Which I feel equates to the perspective I have to taking a risk. Its the unknown, its questionable, it can be fearful if you let it but also holds so much opportunity. Not just for growth but also for all the amazing things life experiences have to offer that you couldn’t imagine. Read more>>

Jennifer Hartmann | Marketing Agency Founder

As an entrepreneur, I believe risk is fundamental in achieving success. I would never be where I’m at if I played it safe! I left corporate America in December 2019 with $3,000 to my name to go full-time in business. Read more>>

Lyric | CEO- Underground Railroad Films

For me you’re not really living if you don’t take risk. There’s a quote (that many say belongs to Thomas Jefferson but has never been proven) If you want something you’ve never had you have to do something you’ve never done. Read more>>

Cierra Whalon | Nail Technician & Fashion Student

When deciding to go into business for myself I was concerned with the hardships and risk I’d have to take to succeed. But as time goes on you realize, taking risk are necessary for the journey. Risk-taking has played a major part of my career path, every day in business there are is more to learn and a lot of time that comes with taking risk. Read more>>

D’Marrea Steed | Consultant, Web Developer & Artist

Many of the doors that have opened for me, only did so with mustard seed faith. Every leap taken has been supported by that same faith—allowing me to stay out of my own way and let things work out for the best. For all of the things that did not go as planned— it was either more abundant than imagined, or taught me valuable lessons which are worth an abundance in their own. Read more>>