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.

Amber Long And Kenneth Douglas | Owners

Faith is the substance of things not seen in the physical. We always had a clear Vision of were we wanted to take the company. We never let road blocks are anything detour us from our mission. We stayed Solid into the fruit’s of our label manifested. Read more>>

Lynn Shareef | Entrepreneur, voice actor, Wife coach, sales & training leader

Without risk there is no reward With great risk comes great reward. There are failures, setbacks and even complete start-over’s along the way, but if you don’t risk something, you’ll never gain anything. Where there is a yin there is a yang; where there is a positive there is a negative..where there is risk there is reward. Risk-a situation involving exposure to danger or loss. Reward-a thing given in recognition of one’s service, effort, or achievement. Read more>>

Tyler Ruckstuhl | Small Business Entrepreneur

When it comes to the consideration of risk, I don’t truly believe anything you do is ever risk averse. It seems to me that regardless of your ventures into the most conventionally risk prone or avoidant endeavors, your construal of risk has to act as a bit of a meter for your appreciation for what exactly it is you are doing. For example, In the realm of small businesses and maintenance therein, it seems to me that consideration towards risk plays an increased role in your day to day mental well being as success is seldom a given; Read more>>

Sheronda Plumber | Pastry Chef

I feel like taking risk is very important when starting a business. It’s what makes you become better. In the beginning I wanted everything to be perfect. But then I realize that taking risk is the only thing that would help me grow and learn from my mistakes Read more>>

Haley Poinsette | General Manager of Restore Hyperwellness Sugar Land & Owner of UniquelyFitt Fitness

I LOVE taking risks! All of my life I grew up taking risks through the sport I played. They were small, athletic, and and daily choices that I made to grow in my sport, step outside my comfort zone, and learn more. Taking risks is an opportunity for growth in all aspects and it also allows for positive things to happen in your life or career. I can recall at least 3 times in my life that I took, what someone would call a risk, and it turned out the best thing I could have done. Most recently, I auditioned to be a part of the Houston Rockets Entertainment and made it! I do believe strongly in everything happens for a reason as well so the risk of just showing up, stepping out of my comfort zone, and putting myself out there will now open up so many doors for the rest of my life or career! Read more>>

Courtney Smith | Blogger and Group Insurance Professional

For me, risk can be challenging and a little scary. I have found that the risks I’ve taken have yielded more positive outcomes than negative. When I decided to share my keto/lowcarb journey with strangers, I was taking a risk in vulnerability. Being open and transparent with those you are close to is sometimes overwhelming. The thought of sharing my journey with strangers via Instagram was quite daunting, but I knew this risk could possibly inspire others. This started out as an accountability tool, and I now have a platform to share my recipes and encourage others. It has opened quite a few doors for me and I’ve been able to make some really meaningful connections with my followers. I’ve also built some amazing relationships with so many inspirational women in this space. Read more>>

Sarah Allison | Registered Dietitian & Yoga Instructor

Most risk in life is eventually rewarded. Often risk is viewed in a negative light, when in reality some of the biggest risks I have taken have lead to some amazing rewards. Moving to Houston by far has been the riskiest and scariest thing I have done in my life. The original “dream” job I moved here for ended after just one year due to contract issues, My second job was cut short due to the pandemic, At that point I could have said to myself that this risk was not going provide anything positive, 2 years into living in a new city I bought a condo, lost two jobs, ended a relationship, and was isolated for months due to a novel disease raging through the nation. Read more>>

Atiya Wright Harris | Licensed Natural hair and Loc specialist

When i first decided to open my salon, i had no idea how i was going to manage but i jumped right in. It went from me saying ” by the end of 2021 i’ll have a salon” to ” in 6 months”. I sat up in my bed and looked for local salons and that same day i signed a lease. I was questioning myself wondering if i was moving too fast, or if i was doing to right thing. Now look at me! Read more>>

LaTerryan Randle | Hair Stylist

I wouldn’t call it a risk but more so stepping out on faith. This whole journey with me getting my shop has been a testament to the faith that I have. The risk is making sure I don’t fall. Risk taking is what got me this far in my career. I would not have made it this far if I had not stepped out on faith. Read more>>