Legend holds that Cornelius Vanderbilt had built a massive fortune in the steamboat shipping industry, but then realized the railroads were the way of the future and invested almost his entire net worth into railroads. The gamble paid off and made Vanderbilt one of the wealthiest entrepreneurs ever. But risks are inherently…risky. How do you think about risk and how has it affected your life and career? Some of our community favorites share their perspective below.

Thatboybrucebruce | Hip-Hop Artist

Scared money don’t make no money! Risk are lessons that are necessary throughout our daily journey. For example, Seeing how the struggle could change a persons living situation and how taking unnecessary but necessary risk for means of survival can change your mindset wholistically. Read more>>

Lauren Martin | Beauty Guru

Taking a risk can be scary- it’s you doing something out of your comfort zone. I think it’s important to really analyze every risk taking situation before jumping in… but I also think it’s equally as important to not let fear of the unknown control you. Taking risks has allowed me to understand myself more than I ever have before & has opened the door to so many opportunities. I mean hey, if I never risked leaving college for cosmo school then there would not be a StylesByLauren.(: Read more>>

DAnte Cox | Producer

I feel that many people don’t take a risk nowadays. You want know the outcome tell you do it. I took a risks by giving artists free beats for the longest. I knew what the outcome was going to be by doing that and now I see more people coming to me to get beats. Read more>>

Shevette Hicks | Realtor

I feel as if you don’t take risk how can you succeed, or even experience failure to make a better you, and decision making. I have given so much time, and energy to making other successful businesses become more successful, and not realizing I could have invested that time in my business. I had to learn the hard way, because I had the fear of taking RISK to build my business u as a realtor. Once you take that risk you learn along the way. Read more>>