In our experience, most folks, including ourselves don’t have enough of an understanding of risk and the role it plays in our lives and careers and so we have made a concerted effort as a team to have conversations about risk with our interviewees. We’ve shared some highlights below.

Terrell Swinton | Artist/Photographer/Videographer

When it comes to taking risk, it plays a huge role in my artistry. I feel inclined to push not only myself but the boundaries of what I create. A life with no risk is a life not lived and I choose to create a space where art is free to reveal and govern itself. Beautifully illuminating culture through colors and history on canvas. Read more>>

Lauren Wootton | Content Creator

I used to be the kind of person that did not want to take risks simply because I was worried that I would fail. The thing about taking risks is you never know what the outcome will be, that’s why they call it a risk. If you never step out of your comfort zone then you may end up missing opportunities that come your way. Risks are necessary for growth in all aspects of life. Once I came to terms with the idea that failure is a possibility, I no longer let it stop me. I was tired of feeling complacent with where I was at in life. Read more>>

Chris Stank XM” Steinke | Founding producer of the bands Lend Me Your Ear and obcdion from Austin

It’s always a balance. You see people — especially young people — willing to risk everything to put themselves out there for the world, spending thousands and thousands of dollars. And I’m sitting here like, I could do what they’re killing themselves to do if I sold my house or whatever. So do I really care? Read more>>

Lamar Lacañgan | Musician / Chief Executive Officer

My life began with my mother taking a risk, she was only 17 when she had me. She risked everything. Growing up in an extremely strict home, her father was from The Philippines, and it was forbidden to have children with a black man, especially at that age of 17. She literally was on the abortion table, about to abort me until something said, “Don’t do abort that child.” She ran from the clinic and faced the judgement of her father, the discrimination that she would face having a half black baby… Read more>>

Dr. Jenny Le | Houston Chiropractor

I have been extremely blessed to get to where I am today, but getting there, took a lot of perseverance, dedication, risk taking, and determination. No matter the outcome, taking risks plays a pivotal role in advancing your career and getting through life. Although, taking risks can be scary, if succeeded, you gain such a higher reward than you would have had, had you played it safe. If failed, you learned a greater lesson; on how to become better, what to work on, and how to succeed the next time you try to do something. Read more>>