Shoot your shot? Take a chance? Society bombards us with messages, phrases, examples and stories of how taking risk is the key to success, but is anything ever that simple? We asked some of the brightest folks we know to tell us about how they think about risk. We’ve shared their responses below.

Taryn O’Neal | Wardrobe Shopper/Stylist

Risk taking is a big deal in life especially entrepreneurship. It could almost feel like you’re gambling. Wether it is a thought, a new business idea, or even monetary wise. But you just have to take the leap of faith knowing that you’re gonna either learn from the experience, or simply succeed.  Read more>>

Alyssa Towns | Freelance Writer & Content Creator

Growing up, I was never a risk-taker. The mere idea of taking risks and stepping outside my comfort zone was a concept I was unwilling to explore. I enjoyed operating and, more specifically, excelling within the confined bounds of my comfort zone. After college, I worked at a desk job that I loved but felt unchallenged by. Read more>>

Dori Phillips | Wife, Mother, Nana, and Minister of the Gospel

I was raised simply and not really taught to take risks. When I was 24, a single mom with three children, I met my husband to be and he introduced me to a life with Jesus. I became committed in my relationship with God and took the risk of walking by faith, and not by sight. Read more>>