By far, the topic that comes up most in our conversations with entrepreneurs and creatives is risk.  We’ve had conversations about risks that worked out and risks that did not. We’ve seen eyes light up sharing about career-trajectory changing risks as well as folks sigh about the risks they wish they had taken.  Below, we’ve selected and shared some of those thoughtful conversations.

Renee Rutherford | Visual Artist | Creative Director

When it comes to taking risk I pretty much embrace it. I’ve learned over the years that sometimes your greatest achievements are on the other side of the risks you need to take. Most of us are delayed or stopped completely by the fear of risk taking. However if you can get past that then you’ll see that you are more than capable of doing great things. Sometimes taking risk don’t work out in your favor but at the same time that’s just a lesson to be learned and then you can get up and try again. In my own personal career in art I’ve had the pleasure of meeting people and getting my work in the hands of performers, athletes and other creatives alike by just showing up and taking the risk. Even when doubt and fear consumed my mind I just didn’t let it stop me. Read more>>

Maca Carrera | Interior Designed | Principal

I always say ‘If it scares you and excited you at the same time, you probably should do it!. Today I wanted to write some thoughts about taking risks. When I was 18 years old, my twin sister and I moved to Savannah, Georgia to study Interior Design in my dream College, SCAD ( Savannah College of Art Design). I was so scared to move abroad, to a country that I didn’t know anyone, new cultures, new system and that Spanish was not the first language! I was so scared to leave everything behind to start a new life but thank God I was with my sister and we knew that this was a great opportunity that our parents were giving us and we couldn’t rejected. So after 4 and a half successfully years of schooling, we graduated in 2010. Right after, I got a job offer in NYC. NYC!! It was another dream of mine to experience life in the Big Apple! Read more>>

Morgan Field | Best Selling Author | Intuitive Life Coach | Medium | Psychic | Motivational Speaker

In my second book—Powerful As Fuck: Own your Shit. Live the Life of your Dreams. Which can be found on Amazon—I have an entire section about The Alchemy of Fear. In that section I share how you can leverage fear and use it as a tool of transmutation acting as a catalyst to unleash more and more of your inner power with each risk you take. You can literally change the entire trajectory of your life and assume new identities one decision at a time as you choose to lean into fear. Here is a partial excerpt with some adlibs from that section as it relates to this topic of how risk has played an essential role in my life and career: “Your personal relationship with fear is either going to be one in which you are anchoring your power in or one in which you are hemorrhaging power as fast as blood flowing from a direct cut of a main artery. Read more>>

Michelle A M Miller | Visual Artist

Being open to stepping outside of one’s comfort zone is essential for life. Risk aversion is hardwired, so I think it’s those scary leaps that propel us toward our goals. Read more>>

April R. Martindale, MBA, Esq. | Owner/Managing Partner of Martindale Law

In my opinion, being a risk taker is imperative to be an effective leader and have success in your respective field. Taking risks has been the trajectory of propelling my firm forward to be at the forefront of pressing issues in both legal and business sectors. Entrepreneurship necessitates taking risks on a daily and consistent basis in order to meet both business as well as personal goals. As a serial entrepreneur, it is imperative to take risks daily and have the confidence to go forward with your dreams, visions and ideas. Taking risks is important if you do not want to live a life of mediocre or average existence. Read more>>