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.

Janeah | CEO of Janeah Simone Beauty

I see risk as a chance to make things better. I think everyone in life should take risks because with out taking a risk you will never see where things can go for you. You will never know just how far your success can go therefore you won’t have the chance to learn and make improvements. Some consider me a risk taker because if I can see the path in which taking a chance will lead me and it is in alignment of what I want to do; Read more>>

Jiavani Thompson | Founder of Fitness Tenacity

I believe risks are essential for a happy life. I know so many people, which included myself at one point, who are afraid to take the risks that will make them happy. For example, I was a salary manager at a restaurant for going on 3 years. 5 days a week 10-hour shifts that usually ended up being 12 or 13-hour shifts. I had no time for my business. In fact, at one point I lost sight of anything outside of work. Towards my last few months working there I decided to make a plan. Save money to sustain myself for 4 months, then leave said job in order to get my business up and running. Then if I needed it, I would get a part-time job after my 4 months to help further sustain my life. Read more>>

Eisha Cherubin | Fashion & Lifestyle Blogger

Ah risk taking, a love hate relationship! Risks I think are one of those aspects in life where no one wants to participate but at some point we all have too or at least we all should. I believe it’s one of those necessary leaps that we have to take even though it is daunting, uncomfortable and at times mysterious. I think when people hear that they must take some risks automatically their minds jump to the extreme and they shut down the possibility right away. But risks don’t have to be as extreme as quitting your secure job to pursue a dream, leaving the only home you know with only a couple of dollars or signing a huge contract that you’re unsure of. Read more>>

Amina Mejdoubi | Poetess/CreativeJiavani Thompson | Founder of Fitness Tenacity

I would not be who and where I am if I was not a risk taker. I left everything and everyone I knew in Morocco for a chance of a new life in USA because I knew that staying in the same place doing the same things will hinder my growth. I did not know what I wanted to do exactly, but I knew for sure that I wanted to breathe in a new air in a new environment where I could learn and grow on my own. Looking back at my life right now, I am glad I took a leap of faith and believed in myself because there is always an exciting life waiting on the other side of fear. The fear of the unknown. Read more>>

Aleisha Hail | Owner of Natural Beauty Organic Products

I feel like you should take risk especially when it involves your business. If you miss the chance or opportunity you may not ever get it again. In life you have to decide what’s important and is it worth your time and dedication. I saw a need for organic products and created an opportunity to provide everyone with a healthy alternative to haircare and skincare. I love what I do and it’s my passion. If I didn’t take risk I wouldn’t be where I am today with drive and ambition to work for myself while being fulfilled in my journey of entrepreneurship. Read more>>