How do you think about risk? What role has taking risks played in your life/career? Check out responses from hidden gems from our community below.

Tammy Pahel | VP of Spa & Wellness Operations

I have an entrepreneurial mind. The definition of Entrepreneurship refers to the process of creating a new enterprise and bearing any of its risks, with the view of making a profit. The person who creates a new enterprise and embraces every challenge for its development and operation is known as an entrepreneur. “an entrepreneurial culture” That describes my career. Read more>>

Stacy Hall | owner/ instructor

I like calculated risk. There was alot of thought going into business for myself, but at some point you have to stop talking, thinking, planning and just go all in. Every single day involves risk anyway!. There are no guarantees in this life. It was important to me to figure out my why. As for the how, all of that credit goes to God. Read more>>

Ana Cruz Hollingsworth | Radio & TV Personality and Medica Content Producer

Taking risks has been a part of my entire life since childhood. I grew up in a home with domestic violence and extreme poverty in Guanajuato, Mexico. I took the risk of leaving that home looking for my own emotional and physical well-being, as soon as I had the opportunity, and focus on been able to help my mother and brothers. From there I learned that taking risks would be the way I was going to be able to achieve my personal and professional dreams, challenge myself to get out of my comfort zone, learn about my abilities and be a better person every day. Read more>>

Carissa Simon | Beauty specialist/ Hair and makeup artist

I’m from a small town in Missouri. I graduated public school with a dozen people. At 22 I moved to the woodlands to start a new life, and that was the initial risk I took to fulfill my big city dreams of success. After taking that first leap, my life continued to be full of risks. As an entrepreneur, we never knew what direction the world is going to go, especially since the pandemic. Read more>>

Nicole Booz | Editor-in-Chief at GenTwenty, Founder of The Capsule Collab

When I think about taking risks, I usually make a weighted pro/con list. I consider what I have to lose, but also what I have to gain and how each of those things play against each other. I also remind myself that there are no guarantees no matter what decision you make. I think about all possible outcomes – if I’m okay with the worst possible outcome of a decision, I have no problems making a choice. Read more>>

Rachel Luce | Butcherista (A butcher and barista)

My outlook on risk is “Nothing risked, nothing gained.” When I began looking to start my own business, I was working full time as a registered nurse. I had a steady paycheck with predictable work and benefits. I knew embarking down the path of entrepreneurship would risk years worth of income, career development and work-life balance. However, I also hoped this risk would pay off by allowing for my income to match my effort and allow me the freedom to set my own schedule. Read more>>