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.

Tierashia Adair | Educational Consultant, Speaker, Author, and Event/Program Producer

Risk is almost like faith in the sense that you are not led by what you presently see. You also understand that you have a chance for your greatest loss OR your greatest gain by your decision to act on risk or faith. Being what I call a “faith-er”, I have done some things that people have said that I was foolish or stupid for doing, like leaving the four walls of a public school classroom as a teacher with a certain monthly income to pursue the uncharted waters (at least for me) of the world of business. I felt an inner beckoning that I was called to something greater beyond what made sense in my then current, natural world. Read more>>

Micah Lee | Songwriter, Artist

The best things in life are on the other side of fear. Im not sure who coined that phrase originally but it’s one of my favorite to live by. Risks are just a part of life that’s necessary if you want to elevate. I feel like losers aren’t the people who come in last place, everybody who steps out on faith and even tries is a winner to me. I’ve been taking risks my whole life. I went to college thousands of miles away from home, and I’ve now moved to Houston alone to build my network and expand. I have not regret one decision yet! My music and presence is reaching so many areas due to my ability to take risks and chances. I think it’s important to step out of your comfort zone sometimes, that’s where the real magic happens. Read more>>

Andrea Redmon-Nash | CEO & Student worker

Risk is one of the key driving factors in Business. If you are scared to take risks your success in business is slim. This is because with Risk comes Returns but thats an economics conversation for another day. I have personally been a risk taker my whole life. Although I dread being told no or any disappointment at the end of it all I am able to affirm myself that I tried. Even in my business life I’m going for risk; I would like to add I am Business Major at The Prairie View A&M University. I say that to say I’m knowledgeable behind the decisions I make when it comes to business as well as additional support from my support system. Read more>>

Iris Reyes | Wedding & Portrait Photographer

I believe that risk taking is part of success in life. You are never guaranteed success when you think of starting a business, so a lot of your first steps are risky. One cannot be stopped by the fear of risking what you have for what you can accomplish if you put all your effort and take the right steps. Every success, big or small, has its’ risks but keeping your eyes set on your goal will help overcome fears and when you do fail, get back up and continue. Read more>>

Alexa Darling | Lifestyle Blogger and Entrepreneur

I have always been a risk taker. Taking risks have actually helped me achieve success and see results in many ways. For example, when I started working on launching my business, I wasn’t sure if that was going to work for me honestly; I told myself that in order for me to make it happen I was gonna have to JUST DO IT, and that is exactly what I did. I did it, not worrying about any failures at all. The biggest lesson I have learned about being a risk taker is that things won’t always work in our favor but you won’t know unless you try. Other times, you will be surprised when things work in your favor. Honestly, everything is a risk. We must learn to change our mindset and believe that everything will work in our favor, and if it doesn’t is only because it is not meant to be. Keep going and don’t be afraid to take risks. Read more>>

Tamarro A Smith | Cake Designer – Owner

I feel taking on certain risks develops a stronger sense of what you are capable of doing. Staying in a comfort zone will not give you opportunities that will elevate you to the next level in your journey. We aren’t meant to stay in a comfortable state. Yes it feels good to stay at this level but wouldn’t you want to see what other doors or windows that are open for you? With no idea of what challenges that were ahead I took a risk of walking away from a position to pursue a passion. I’m glad I did because it was the best leap of faith I have taken. Read more>>

LaTasha Green | Owner of Luxury Smile Spa, LLC – Certified Cosmetic Teeth Whitening Specialist and Certified Tooth Gem Technician

I took a risk to invest in myself by starting my own business Luxury Smile Spa, LLC. I didn’t know if it would fail or succeed. But I knew I needed a change. I’ve been in the medical field for 26 years, a nurse for 17 years and teaching allied health programs for 12 years. Nursing was my calling and teaching was my passionate. I worked hospital frontline on a Covid unit for 6 months starting March 2020 during the shutdown, It burned me completely out to the point I did not like nursing anymore. I felt unappreciated & overlooked like so many other healthcare workers. From working short staffed, PPE shortage, being looked at as a number not a human. We were highest risk but nobody cared. I was mentally, physically and emotionally drained. Many times at work I would find a secluded place to cry and pray for strength. Read more>>

Claudine Texada | Full Time Social Worker & Part Time Thrift Blogger

When I think about risk, I try to concentrate more on the result rather than the risk. I have taken every risk possible when I created Beautifully Thrifted and started my journey as a blogger. I created this space to inspire women to value their coins while looking and feeling fabulous at the same time. The thing about risk is that they must be taken. I always say that your greatest blessings are just beyond your comfort zone. We have to risk being uncomfortable to facilitate growth and forward movement. This journey is both frightening and exciting. However, pushing past the fear and taking the risk creates confidence and resilience. In my life taking risks has allowed me to learn many valuable life lessons. No matter the outcome of the risk there is a lesson, and lessons promote overall growth. Read more>>