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.

Kenyan Guidry | Photographer , Writer & ArtistKenyan Guidry | Photographer , Writer & Artist

When it comes to taking risks, it definitely can be a scary and intimidating thought because of the unknown factor. Risk taking has the potential to lead to not so desirable results but at the same time, it can lead to so many open doors and exposure for yourself. Most entrepreneurs began with betting on themselves and their talent to counteract all of the risks associated with their decisions. I myself took a leap of faith with my craft & that has been one of the best decisions I’ve made because not only did exciting new opportunities arise, it’s allowed me to establish a multitude of connections with fellow creatives. Read more>>

Eddie Jackson Jr. | Artist & Graphic Designer

When i think about risks, I think about stepping out of this box I feel like ive been put inside as an artist. Risks can be scary at times, but personally, that’s how i’ve been able to do things i’ve never thought I was able to do this early on in my life (i’m only twenty four lol) Taking risks have gotten me so many opportunities, just out of determination to be successful and being able to finally to do what I love, and to look back at everything i’ve had to overcome in order for that to happen. Read more>>

Matt Price | Entrepreneur, YouTuber, Internet Chef””

There’s a quote that really stands out to me. I’m not sure who said it first but it’s something to the effect of “you either get comfortable taking risks or you will work for someone who does”. That really sums up my view on risk taking. In order to really grow in your career, or life in general, I feel as though you have to get outside of your comfort zone. That’s where the magic happens! Taking “Calculated Risks” has been essential in my success. My approach to problem solving/risk taking is beginning with the “worst case scenario”. I look at a project or problem and try to find the worst possible outcome and either determine if I could live with that should it come to fruition OR begin finding solutions to mitigate that scenario. Read more>>

Lauren Fontaine | Founder & Owner

Risk plays competing roles in my life. By day, I am a corporate renewable energy legal and commercial advisory. With 15+ years of experience, I have advised small, medium and multi-national companies by negotiating multi-billion dollar deals, growing company assets and protecting new and emerging technologies. Needless to say, I am constantly accessing risk thinking of creative solutions to reduce or eliminate risk. Read more>>

Joycelyn Douglas | Brand Designer & Strategist

ou ever heard the quote “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”. That’s how I feel about risk. You cannot start a business or launch a career without taking them. When taking risk the outcome may not even turn out how you hoped; and other times your risk will exceed your expectations. However, either way you win. I don’t believe in losses! Only wins and lessons. Read more>>

Nico Jose | Entrepreneur/Barber

The risks I have taken in pursuit of my vision, have always been a leap of faith towards the end result. Involving different emotions such has fear and doubt at times. When you’re thinking about taking chances to get ahead look at all your options to determine if it’s one worth taking. Think and feel positive about the choice your making. You need to believe in that move more than anyone else. Risk are what they are, they can go either way. I recommend taking advantage of any risk when there is a great opportunity for you to get closer to your desired goal. Risk are beneficial when they work of course, but if it doesn’t then you should take it as a paid lesson not a loss. Your perspective is everything! Read more>>