There is a wealth of academic research that suggests that differences in risk appetite are at the heart of differences in career and business trajectories. We wanted to go beyond the theory and ask real people from the community about their perspectives and experiences with risk and risk taking.

Bri Plewman | Photographer

When I first started pursuing photography, I had to come to the harsh realization that there would be a lot of “no’s” coming my way. As a young entrepreneur, it was difficult to not feel discouraged being turned down for bookings and other projects. Photography, like all other art forms, is deeply personal to the creator. Read more>>

Marlen Rodriguez | Entrepreneur and Lover of Travel

I have been led by the voice inside my head that says “no guts, no glory”, for as long as I can remember. Many of us contemplate the “sure” the thing more often than not, but experience has taught me that very few things in life are “sure” things. I believe we make manifest the thing that we decide we want. Therefore, in essence “all things” or “no things” can be seen as a risk depending on perspective. Read more>>

Kristen Couperus | Small Business Owner

Being in business is all about taking risk. Having the courage to take the risk is the first step and knowing that you have what it will need to be a success is the next. Confidence is crucial and having the ability to adapt. You must remain consistent, be persistent and never stop digging. I am grateful I have the vision to see the success beyond the initial risk. Read more>>

DJ D-Up | Disc Jockey, Producer, Audio Engineer

I think taking risks is a necessary and important part of life in general. For me, I think much, if not all, of my life and career has been, and still is, defined by taking risks. Before I even started DJing, my friends and I would sneak into underground clubs and parties, risking getting arrested! Taking those risks exposed me to a whole new world and lead me to fall in love with the art form of DJing. Read more>>