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.

Errikos Kasari | Caricature and portrait artist

Without risk I would not be the person I am today, I would still be in Greece working as a waiter or baker on minimum wage in the village I grew up in. Risks are a chance to improve your life and grow as a person so I believe that given the opportunity you should take the risk, failing or succeeding doesn’t matter the experience is the most important part. My life has been full of necessary risks all of which have worked out for the best. Read more>>

Ramona Edie | Fashion Model

I think risk taking is essential for growth. But it can also be scary. Looking back to some of the happiest and most important moments of my life I was definitely in front of a few crossroads. And the best outcome always came after choosing the scariest option. Read more>>

Regina Smiley | Director, Producer & Cinematographer

The more risks you’re willing to take, the more chances you will have at success. I’m a firm believer in risk taking because the best outcomes tend to happen outside of your comfort zone where you know exactly what’s going to happen. I’ve never witnessed anyone win by playing it safe and some of my most fulfilling moments in my career happened because I decided not to take the safe predictable route to the finish line. Read more>>

Valeria Corso | Artist

Taking risks is the key to success. Since I was a little kid, I’ve tried to challenge myself by testing my abilities in sports, art and literature. I remember trying out different sports like: ballet, swimming, volleyball, athletics, boxing, tai chi, yoga, weightlifting, modern dance and Caribbean dance; I’ve tried painting, sculpting, writing poetry and short fictional stories, piano lessons and voice lessons. My entire childhood was dedicated to find out what I really love doing, which now I can finally say is music. Read more>>

Ismary Santos | Mobile ultrasound company

As a mother of 2, deciding to quit my full-time job to pursue a path in entrepreneurship was one of the hardest decisions that I had to make. At the time of my career jump I was comfortably working for 7 years, a full time job for a great Medical Center, with even better employee benefits. But at some point in your life you have to wonder what it would be like to step outside your comfort zone, and so I did. More than one year later and I truly count my blessings. Read more>>

Mher Khachatryan | The Smoke Artist

Risk taking is the only way to grow, without it there is no improvement. “Growth and comfort do not coexist.”Ginni Rometty Read more>>

Narayanan Nair | Double Board-Certified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon

When taking care of peoples’ loved ones mitigating risk is paramount. Medicine is a science and not math, thus even for the smallest procedures, risk is ever present. However, it is our job to thoroughly and honestly discuss the levels of risk that are associated with each procedure. Read more>>

Kaileen Cox | Intuitive Medium, Innate Healing Instructor, and Spiritual Mentor

When thinking about risk I would rather use the word chance. I believe the words we use in our life’s have power in creating our reality. The way I think about taking chances is following my greatest level of excitement and conversation with my spirit team. I know that I am being guided by the life I want to create so those chances are being given for my highest good. Read more>>

Nicole Birkholzer | Relationship Coach for Animals + their People, Podcaster

Taking risks = desire to grow. A surprise job opportunity carried me to New York City, at age 23. I spoke 50 words of English, and carried vocabulary cards in my purse to guide me through the tangled urban jungle. I remember the steel, the smoke, and being booted out of a bagel shop because I couldn’t order fast enough. I loved the speed, the intensity + the energy. But I missed the horses. Read more>>

Jasmine Carter | Photographer

I’ve never been the person to take risks. I always feared taking risks, always wishing I had the courage to do something out of the ordinary, like sky diving for example. I’ve never liked not knowing what the outcome would be and I that is why I feel as if I never lived life fully. I did not begin taking risks until I was a full adult. Come to find out, I am a risk taker. Read more>>

Pocahontas McQueen | Entrepreneur Entertainment & Artist

POCAHONTAS MCQUEEN Took A Risk At The Age Of 17 Years Old Starting My Own Business Being Able to Take A Risk By Not Working A 9-5 Job. I Currently Have 4 Established Business, That I Been Building up Since The Age Of 18 And I have Made So Much Money Hitting My First 6 Figure In 2020, And Giving Back To The Community. Read more>>