Taking Risk is essential, but how much, when and why? Taking risks effectively is as much of an art as it is a science and we’ve asked some of the brightest folks in the community to tell us about how they think about risk taking.

Carmen Martika | Comedian

If you don’t take a rail you will never know life. My first time performing I found the comedy club on Instagram and I just went. My heart was beating so fast I was terrified but the rush afterwards is what I like. I felt whole I never had that feeling before but I put myself out there and took the risk. Read more>>

Jen McDonald | Owner & Graphic Designer

This is a great question, because I have been thinking about this A LOT lately. I feel for the most part over these last fourteen years I have been overly cautious. Lately though, especially post 2020, I have been feeling the need to be bold. I am watching so many makers and creatives of a younger generation be so audacious in their goals for their businesses. It’s inspiring! I am not naturally a risk taker, but having thrived despite these last two years of uncertainty, supply chain shortages, and pricing increases, I have felt a calling to take more risks! Read more>> 

Rocky Leonard | R&B singer & songwriter

I believe being a risk-taker is necessary to reach success. Risk allows us to exercise the feeling of discomfort. The majority of the time success is always on the other side of whatever makes you uncomfortable so if you are OK with being uncomfortable for a little bit you will reap the benefit. Read more>>