Risk is the most common topic that comes up in our conversations with entrepreneurs and so each week we ask entrepreneurs to talk to us on the record about how they think about risk.

Sarah Caton Wynne | Contemporary Artist

Taking risks helps me stay challenged and interested in what is waiting for me in the studio each day. I can get bored painting a similar subject matter but taking risks with new styles and subjects keeps me focused and energized. The interplay of color often drives my artwork, so I’m also always on the hunt for colors that will really pop next to each other. Sometimes these risks don’t pay off, but what is the opportunity cost? My time, some paint and maybe a canvas if I’ve used a thick application. I learn from each of these mistakes and sometimes the mistakes become my favorite pieces. Read more>>

Stephanie Pineda | Brow & Makeup Artist

Risk taking to me means fear. Once I let go of the fear of failure I begin to take risk. I remember the day I decided I was going to open up my own business, my back was against the wall and I made the decision to overcome that fear and went for it. I knew it was going to be hard, but I was willing to take the risk. Taking these risk in owning my own business has allowed me to be able to have a schedule that allows me to tend to my children. As a single mom of 3 ,it was hard working a 9-5 job. In 2017 I was let go from a job because I didnt have anyone to care for my kids so that i could work. I would look for jobs that would allow me to have my children there. Read more>>

John Williford | Director of HeartSupport Houston

As a Director of a mental health organization, the way we think about risk is vitally important for the people we serve. Risk, vulnerability, and courage are all tightly woven into the mental health conversation. When I think of risk, opportunity comes to mind. I enjoy the challenge of risk, as it indicates something that doesn’t have an easy, self-imposed outcome. If something I’m about to do is risky, it means that it takes courage; if it goes well we’ll receive a greater reward. Often just the action of taking risk allows an opportunity for me to grow, even I don’t receive the outcome I wanted. Read more>>