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.

Toni Robinson | Yoga Instructor/Entrepreneur

Taking risk or as I call it “leaps of faith” is the key to living life! One of my favorite books which has also become a pick me up in my times of uncertainty, is ‘You Are a Badass: How to stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life’, by Jen Sincero. Read more>>

Deandre Johnson | Entertainer/ Dancer

Taking risk is absolutely needed for anything you want in life. As society we are taught so often to settle or play the safe road. I learned quick at a young age the safe road wasn’t where I wanted to be at. Read more>>

Monique Sykes | Public figure

life is all about making risk getting out your comfort zone without taking risk how would you know if your going to achieve your goals if i was to never take risk in my career i would’ve still been low minded taking a risk has made me more opened minded and it courage me and motivated me that you can do anything you put your mind to and you will all be successful in everything you do. Read more>>

Daijah Nabors | Licensed Cosmetologist & Custom Wig Expert

I think of risk as that dip when you’re on a rollercoaster. It’s scary but that feeling in the pit of your stomach is only temporary before you head back up to the top. Read more>>

Jonny Phoenix | Music Producer

If it wasn’t for taking risks I would have stayed a bedroom music producer lol. I am glad that even though I can be Introverted I still have enough in me to take risks and go meet people & socialize. Read more>>

CitySlicka Fre$h | Bar Spitter, Entrepreneur, Creative

No Risk, No Rewards! If no risk has been taken in life then how will we know where our full potential lies? Read more>>

Tanieka Vance-Randall | RN, Entrepreneur & Cancer Survivor

I believe that risk taking is vital to growth to a certain extent. My family is from the New Orleans area and in 2013 I took a risk and quit a good paying nursing job, got my husband to quit his good paying pipefitting job and we moved our family to Houston. Read more>>

Corniesha Johnson | Zumba Queen, Motivational Speaker, Brand Ambassador, Author, Creative Enthusiast

I had to look up the definition of the word risk. I looked up the definition because I knew and know my perspective has shifted multiple times during my life about taking risks. Everything I thought was a risk ended up being a risk that I am happy I’ve taken. Read more>>

Kid Kush | Artist

Higher the risk higher the pay off. It’s many factors of risk with being a rapper but planning and believe in self helps you keep going. Read more>>

 B8ker | Artist

In this generation, taking risks is something that every man has to do in order to not only provide for himself but for his loved ones. I learned in the latest stages of my career that all risks you take are lessons but only calculated risk leads you closer to success. Read more>>

Angelique Long | Personal Trainer and Rehabilitation Coach

In my life, I have always have been a risk taker and I know you have to be able to. step outside of the unknown and give it a try. Always look at your variables and make your moves accordingly. Read more>>

Ethan Brisby | Writer, Real Estate Entrepreneur, Teacher

I had to take incredible risks at times during my journey. My first major risk came when I quit my job at a bank in order to go back to college. Most of my family insisted I was trippin’ considering I had a “good job.” Read more>>

Matt Beckmann | Executive Coach & Yoga Instructor

That’s a fascinating question that I think deserves examination from various perspectives. Part of my career was spent as General Counsel for one of the nation’s largest energy steel distributors. In that context, my job was to identify and work to minimize or eliminate the various risks to the business. Read more>>

Soraya Orelien | Mindset & Relationship Coach

I am BIG on taking risks and stepping out on faith. Taking risks to reach your goals requires the courage to face the fear of uncertainty. Whatever the outcome, we grow through the process and grow more resiliently and confidently. Read more>>

Shawn Machie | Artist & Large Format Print Shop Operator

Risk taking…that’s every new opportunity…every door that opens and/or closes. But you can take time to calculate those risks,so instead of taking a big loss you’ll take a minor loss or if things go well and all your ducks are in a row you’ll have a big win. Read more>>

Eli | Actress

A year ago, I would not have guessed that I’d get to work on a Boots Riley production or be on the same set as Forest Whitaker. It all started with me not being afraid to ask a question! I saw people filming near campus so I stopped to ask how to get involved. Read more>>