Legend holds that Cornelius Vanderbilt had built a massive fortune in the steamboat shipping industry, but then realized the railroads were the way of the future and invested almost his entire net worth into railroads. The gamble paid off and made Vanderbilt one of the wealthiest entrepreneurs ever. But risks are inherently…risky. How do you think about risk and how has it affected your life and career? Some of our community favorites share their perspective below.

Diana Helman | Artist and Illustrator

Risk is part of human life; not accepting it is not living a life worth living. The risks of not taking risks are stagnation, anxiety, and frustration that don’t fit in the wonderful gift of life. It doesn’t mean that this process will be easy. There are hard moments when you decide to take risks, not everything goes as planned, and sometimes you will take the risk and fail, but you can always grow and learn from it. Read more>>

Mandana Zarghami | Entrepreneur & Founder of mSOCIAL Creative

Taking no risk is the biggest risk- Mark Zuckerberg Life is filled with many challenges, losses and victories. How you choose to move forward despite failing at times just shows you how resilient you are. Taking no risk is the biggest risk. I was never one to believe in the term “luck”. I truly think that each and every one of us has the potential to create and live out a life we’ve always dreamed of. Yes, some people may have a bit of an advantage compared to you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get to where you need to be. Looking back at all I’ve accomplished thus far, it wouldn’t have been possible without taking any risks. Read more>>

Brittny Bishop | Online Business Manager

My mindset doesn’t gravitate towards the fear/failure feelings associated with risk. I view risks as opportunities. Sure there are some risks that scare the crap out of me, but how exciting that we get to make choices in our life that scare us like that. Up until recently, most of the risks I took involved my career. How will this risk help me learn more, make more money, and grow within this company? I didn’t go to college, it just wasn’t in my cards, so instead I found a job on craigslist and I ended up spending 10 years with that company, moving and chasing a role I would later find out I hated. Read more>>

Shawnn Monteiro | Premier jazz Vocalist

I have been a risk taker all my life. Life is a risk. Living is a risk -every step you take and every breath you make is a risk. Every day that you get up you never know what’s going to happen to you. I have experienced that firsthand in my life. I believe in taking chances. I have taken chances since I first started singing. Taking my children on the road with me when they were little. And every choice that I have made in my life has been a risk because you ever know about the the outcome but you hope for the best. Read more>>

Anna Cook | Travel Blogger & Content Creator

Risk is always involved with the big decisions you make in life. The way I look at risk is “What’s the worst that could happen?” and then figure out what I would do in that situation. When starting my own business and deciding to leave my job I asked myself that question and decided that worst-case the business failed and I wasted time and money. If that did happen all it means is I would have to get another job. I didn’t waste time and money because I gained valuable experience and invested in myself. Read more>>

Lien Cabrera | Content Creator & Fashion Enthusiast

Risk is innately tied to trust, mostly in one’s own capabilities and intuition. I consider myself to be risk-averse, although, it might not come across that way for others. To give some context, I graduated with a bachelor’s degree that is currently not relevant in the industry that I see myself working in, I left a fairly stable position so that I could pursue a career in social media as well as fashion, and these are highly competitive industries of which I have no prior experience in. I still consider staying at my stable position as the high-risk choice because I knew I would be denying myself the opportunity to pursue something that interests, inspires, and motivates me. Read more>>

Kyla Derkach | Human Design Expert & Business Coach

Taking risks makes me feel ALIVE. In 2017, I quit my job in Canada and packed up my life and moved to the island of Mallorca in Spain. My spanish was limited, I was entirely solo and had never been to the country before. (I’m not new to this, as I moved to Australia at 21 as well.) This shift carved out a new paradigm which was the catalyst for starting my digital business as a Human Design Business Coach. In only eight months, I have scaled to six figures and built a strong foundation and helped many others revolutionize there life and career. Read more>>

Ethan Thornton | Photographer

Risk is taking the jump not knowing the outcome. Several years ago I dropped out of college to pursue my photography dreams. With very little knowledge and work. I had my mind set on doing what made me happy. As a christian I felt it was my calling as well. I then put my faith in God, trusted my gut, and put one foot in front of the other. Since that day my relationship with God grew as well as my photography. He opened up opportunities that I never imagined. From working with big influencers such as Addison Rae, Gabi Butler, Claire Stone, Carrington Durham and many more my talent grew tremendously. Read more>>

Andy Saintilus | Real Estate Investor & Airbnb Host

In life, I find that those who take risks live a life with fewer regrets. That is why I believe the best time to learn about taking risks is as a child. Children are not born knowing about fear and danger, it is something that they learn throughout life, from their parents or their upbringing. Growing up I was fortunate to have parents that taught me the importance of taking risks directly and indirectly. I observed the trials and rewards associated with my parents making unconventional decisions in their lives and it helped shape my mind at a young age. Subconsciously, my risk muscle was being built during this time and throughout my life, I’ve had to exercise it on many occasions. Read more>>

Yvenson Ervil | Content Creator & Investor

I believe that risk are a necessary part of life in order to see growth, and as corny or cliche it may sound failure is the best teacher. Taking risk has put me in some very difficult positions but through those tough times it has also challenged me and forced me to adapt, expand, and grow. Taking risk shows bravery. I took a risk and left home to attended a college far away, and in doing so I was able to network and experience the real world. In the end I was able to graduate college with more than just a degree. Read more>>

Desiree Kawass | Visual Artist/Creative

“Sometimes you just have to jump out the window and grow wings on the way down” – Ray Bradbury …. And that is exactly what i did in 2013. I took that risk, that leap of faith and left all previous careers behind to focus solely on art. I had no plan, all I knew is that i wanted to create and so I did. I believe taking risks should be a constant in one’s life, how else would one achieve their goals? We always risk something, no matter how minuscule it is, to achieve something. At the same time, I acknowledge that there can also be consequences but we learn from those consequences and continue to grow our wings. Read more>>

Waleska Anez | Broker & President of SOFLO International Realty

If you want to be an entrepreneur, you better get used to the idea that risk is your ally. Opening my business was a risk, yes, but waiting for a paycheck every other week was riskier. I chose to take risk into my own hands. Read more>>

Crystal Marie Young | Event Extraordinaire, Speaker, Group Fitness Instructor, CBD Company Owner

Taking risks is literally how I live my life..lol. Which can be identified as a blessing a curse to some people. I felt like I played by my family rules and standards they set for me. I am thankful for the guidance that my family provided but if I can be honest, I didn’t get the results that I was told I would get. Go to school, get good grades, go to college, get a great job, buy a house..you know the American Dream that doesn’t really exist anymore. I played by the rules and didn’t get the result that I thought I deserved from doing everything I was suppose to do. I looked at my life..I beleive I was about 25, and I said oh hell no. Read more>>

Cathiana St Preux | Owner of Elsea Skin & Skincare Enthusiast,

Growing up, I was scared of taking risks because I was afraid of the unknown. I lived my life in fear of “what-ifs”. Due to this fear, I literally never took risks that would affect my education or my future career. I woke up one day realizing that I should do more with my life. This realization did not come from not being successful, in fact, for someone my age I was actually excelling. I started my career at an early stage of my life and completed all my degrees at a decent age however it was not enough. After speaking with several friends at the time, those conversations led to one conclusion: Just do it! Read more>>

Jordan Gale | Documentary Photographer

Risk plays a very core role in my practice of making pictures and telling stories through photography. I want to know the intricacies of the world, and I want to share people’s stories. In order to do that, I have to put myself outside of my comfort zone and risk being vulnerable. That risk is always there as I’m working, and it help me fully realize what it is I’m producing. At times, there will be financial risk. You risk your mental health or general safety, Read more>>

Mindie Molina | The More The Risk

My dad says as I child, I was not afraid of anything. Fearless. Perhaps that’s true in many ways. I was adventurous and still am. I love the challenge of doing things most girls could not or would not do. However, the fear of failure turned out to be a challenge as an adult. If someone had asked me if I was afraid to take risks, I would have said no; however, it would have been untrue. Unknowingly I would be lying because indirectly I struggled with taking risks due to my fear of failing. Read more>>

Kayla Bivins | Speaker, Licensed Esthetician

Taking risk is inevitable to everyone’s life. I believe that taking risk will help you discover who you are, as well as give you the satisfaction of believing in yourself once you concur what you were pursuing. Taking risk is like going up on a roller coaster, waiting at the top to drop, and then finally falling. Now that could be a different feeling for everyone which is what makes it unique. What I consider risk, and what others may consider risk can be different. I believe that risking your last dime for a dream is considered a risk. Some may think that it’s just plain stupid. You see what i’m saying? Risk isn’t a general thing. Risk help mold me as a person. Helps me understand who I am and the power I hold. I feel so empowered when I accomplished something I took a big risk for. Read more>>

Keara Ozuna-Hernandez | Licensed Esthetician/Electrologist

Risk is made up of two parts which are the probability of something going wrong, and the negative consequences if it does. By approaching risk in a logical manner you can identify what you can and cannot control , and tackle potential problems with appropriate action. This can then help to alleviate feelings of stress and anxiety. Moving forward, in my case, I took a risk moving from DC to MIA with absolutely nothing and no one. It all began with a job offer and as much as I love where I am from, it was just time for change. Read more>>