Taking Risk is essential, but how much, when and why? Taking risks effectively is as much of an art as it is a science and we’ve asked some of the brightest folks in the community to tell us about how they think about risk taking.

Sonja Beck | Contemporary Artist

Familiarity & routine bring many of us comfort, however growth & beautiful changes occur when we try our hand at something new. The learning curve can dampen our spirits, but if we continue working & push through it, the sense of accomplishment is incomparable. And who knows, perhaps the trajectory of our lives can change by simply taking one small chance. I don’t consider myself a big risk taker – I’ve never jumped out of planes or gone deep sea diving or climbed Mt. Everest – but, looking back on my life thus far, I have been able to have some incredible adventures because I followed the urgings of my heart & took small risks. Read more>>

Allison Pihl | Entrepreneur and business coach

Taking risks can be very emotionally challenging for all of us. In my experience, most of us prefer to avoid risk whenever possible. Having grown up in a home with an entrepreneurial father (and enormous risk-taker), however, I have come to view risk as something that I can plan for, something that’s very necessary to achieve any outsized goal, and crazy-fun when it pays off. Read more>>

Lid’ya C. Moore | Filmmaker, Author and Confidence Coach

Risk taking is not as complicated as it seems. Yes when we hear the term “risk”, it can seem a bit frightening for we tend to immediately associate risk taking with fear of unknown outcomes, however, I tend to associate risk taking with unknown possibilities of great opportunities and growth. As I have learned that yes, there is an unknown possibility of what may come of taking risk, yet the thought of knowing that not trusting or believing in myself enough that I can successfully conquer any great opportunity and if my attempt should fail, then it simply allows me to grow from the experience. Read more>>