We asked some of the most interesting folks in the community to open up about how they think about taking chances and the role risk has played in their lives and careers. Risk is by far the topic folks talk to us most about and we hope the responses below will help shed light on many different perspectives.

C-Detty | Music Artist

Without Risks there would be know success, in order to be successful you need to deal with the consequences of taking risks you win some you lose some but you keep going. Read more>>

Ben Engelhart | Dad, Husband, P

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take! It’s easier said than done, but I try and remind myself to see a “risk” as more of an opportunity and less as a challenge. This can be effortful but seems to get easier with practice.
Rabbi Abraham Twerski has an analogy of a lobster’s growth process. When a lobster outgrows it’s shell it first has to come to a point of such pain and discomfort before emerging bigger better and stronger, and that’s what it takes to have growth. Difficulty can lead to action, sometimes whether we like it or not. Trust the process, because it’s all just part of G-d’s plan. Read more>>

Lesha Wincher | Founder of E L L E É salon + spa

When I think about risk, I oftentimes find myself thinking what if this doesn’t work out I could be taking a huge risk on losing everything I’ve worked so hard for. However, I also tell myself you’ll never know unless you do take that risk. Another way that I look at taking risks is of course you want whatever it is your working on to work, so in that case, there’s no choice, but for you to gain from taking the risk in the first place. Furthermore, I remember when I first came up with the idea of E L L E É salon + spa. I was so excited, however, I was also terrified. I remember telling myself, “What if this doesn’t work? What if I fail?” I then had to tell myself, “What if this does work? What if I succeed?” I’ll never know unless I try. I also gave myself no choice, BUT for it to succeed. Read more>>

Cynathia Cortese’ | Financial Strategist/Business Finance Coach

I view risk as absolutely necessary; without risk there is no reward. Before I graduated from grad school I had already decided to take the risk of not looking for employment but starting my own financial firm. I decided to finish because I knew that was something my mom and family wanted to see me do, but I knew there was a great chance I wouldn’t use the degree. I saw how working for someone else took away the freedom from those around me and that was something I did not want to sacrifice. It would have put me in the position to miss out on certain moments with daughter, not being able to be available when my grandmother needed me the most, or possibly settling for positions in life that I didn’t enjoy. Read more>>

Amy VanHoy | Artist & Mother

Honestly, up until a few months ago I wouldn’t have described myself as much of a risk taker. In college, I double majored in Studio Art and Business, because I wanted to have a *safe* degree as well as a fun degree. While the majority of my art cohort graduated The University of Texas ready to take on the world by storm and pursue a career in art, I choose the safer, salaried route and began working in Human Resources consulting. I was nervous to have to be responsible to pay my bills and just “make it” selling my art. Fast forward several years to the birth of my husband and my son, Jack VanHoy. I had been doing art as I could throughout my corporate HR days, but it always took more of a backseat. It was after his birth that I decided it was time to take the risky move and leave the corporate world to take care of my baby and pursue art. Read more>>

Nidia Salazar | Realtor

Risk taking is not for everyone. But it is for the people that are willing to risk it all to have the life they have dreamed of. I think that me walking out on a bad manager was the best decision, I have ever made. I didn’t have a back up plan, or plan on quitting that soon. I always knew I wanted to be my own boss, but I didn’t know how I would get there. Well I believe I jumped off nose first, and hoped and prayed it would work out. I went to real estate school the very next day, and 6 weeks later I got my license. I was luck enough to have a great mentor, joined the team and went on my own after the first 6 months. Looking back at that If I never would have walked out that day I wouldn’t be where I am now. Read more>>

Melissa Lona | Life & Divorce Coach

I believe taking risk is an important part of the process of building a business or brand. As a christian entrepreneur, taking risks is an act of faith and is necessary for success in your business or any area of your life. There is a lot of fear before making that decision or making that big investment but it’s absolutely necessary if you want to see progress in your goals and within your business. My brand focuses on divorce and personal development after divorce and I constantly talk to my clients about taking risk in this new season of their life. Many women want to redefine themselves. You want to have a fresh start but in order to do that you have to be willing to do something you’ve never done before. It requires you to operate outside your comfort zone and it almost always require you to overcome your fears. Read more>>

Shayna | Tiara Marshall | Johnson | Founders, GirlBoss Suites LLC

GirlBoss Suites Houston was a risk. We built this brand in less than a year and expanded to Houston, but our mission is solid for businesswomen by businesswomen and we want to take our online community and co-working spaces globally, so risks are necessary. We invested a lot of time, finances, and time in making this brand grow, we believe in it that much. Risks are always rewards when you have faith, business and dreams are all about faith, hard work, and dedication. You have to truly trust God in your dreams and he will always make a way. Risks have been a major part of success, and that is really all you can do when you believe in yourself. Read more>>

C’Nee Miller | Educator

I believe risks are a necessary part of life, ever since we’ve been born we’ve taken risks. As we get older and become more aware of the consequences of the risks we take, we often shy away from challenges that are too unknown. I took a risk by moving across the world in hopes of the adventure of a lifetime. I didn’t have a plan other than to have an experience I couldn’t have in America. I didn’t have much to leave behind and my family was mostly supportive of my journey. I had accepted a position in Kuwait: a place I had never visited, couldn’t speak the native language and knew no one. Read more>>

Tonnisha Deonn | Hey Gym Friend!

The first risk that I took was signing up for a gym membership. Joining a gym may seem small but it was huge to me and betting on myself resulted in the birth of Hey Gym Friend. I pushed all of my negative emotions to the side and chose to start my journey to becoming the best version of myself inside and out. Read more>>