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.

Jamila Mandisa | Model, Influencer, Inspiration

I think that in order to live the life you’ve always dreamed of you must take risks. Pray about it first of course, but take the risk, you never know what is on the other side of that. The way I see it, you only have one life to live so live it. You can never fail you just learn and if things don’t work out you can always go back to what you’re used to doing. I recently took a huge risk, I moved myself and my daughter from my hometown of Ft. Lauderdale, FL to a new city. I left my entire support system and relocated to where I only had my brother and my friend. Scared was definitely an understatement, but I prayed hard and I trusted God. Read more>>

Antonio Khoury | Luxury Real Estate Consultant

The word “risk” has historically been associated with a negative connotation in most contexts, whether in a personal or professional scenario. At a very early age, I had the opportunity to personally define what “risk” meant to me, which allowed me to always view it in a subjective manner. When I look back at my personal and career growth, I’ve always concluded that my subjective approach to “risk” played an essential role in defining my success today. Without risk, or “calculative risk” as many would like to say, I believe a person’s evolution is very limited in every aspect of their lives. Read more>>

Megan Galane | Agency & Coaching Systems Strategist

Talking about risks is such a sensitive subject, because everyone has such a different background. Recently, I have actually sat with my accountant and he told me about my money story. In my money story, he made it clear that I take very little to moderate risk with investments, but I will take high risk on anything regarding myself and my business. Why will I always bet on myself? Because I know I will figure out a way to make it happen. Read more>>

Lea Barkley | Owner/Designer

I started DogFish Design back in 2012 when I found myself with out a job and I needed to do something to pay my bills. I worked at it full time. I had gotten into a handful of stores and did the local greenmarket and some events. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough. I had to put it on the back burn and go back to a 9-5 job. It always stayed with me. That feeling of “What If?”. Fast forward to 2019, I was working for the largest insurance company, had gotten all my insurance licenses and I was miserable. That “What if” was still there. So I woke up one morning, called my family and talked to them. Read more>>


I Really Think Taking Risk Can Be A Good Thing & Also A Bad Thing. Risk Taking Played A Huge Part In My Career, I Can Remember In 2018 I Took The Biggest Risk Of My Career & Got Scammed Of 10KUsd. However I’m Grateful That It Happened Because That’s The Reason Why I’m This Far In My Business Today. I Had To Step Back Re-Organized & Re-Focus & Now I’ve Paid Top Dollar For A Business Coach & Mentors To Teach Me What I Know Today, Which Help Me Succeed Over The Pass Years. Read more>>

Saliha Nelson | CEO, URGENT, Inc. & Agent for Social Change

The way I think about risk is to take a chance and bet on yourself, your ability, your skills, and your determination to try something new to achieve a goal that you have. Throughout my career, I consider every time I created or tried something new I took a risk. I didn’t know at the time if the effort would succeed or fail. I just had to power through the unknown and any fears that I had. When you attempt something new you hope it will turn out well, but you never know. However, you can’t let that stop you. Read more>>

Jennifer Glass | Artist

Risk taking has played a major role in my life and career. Risk, for me, seems to be based on fear. Fear of the imposter syndrome-being ‘found out’ you really don’t know very much or aren’t good enough. Fear of failing or not fitting in. I look back at my introverted and insecure 5 year old self on the kindergarten playground surrounded by 50 others on day one. We’re all nervously seeking our tribe. I reach down and excitedly pick up a rock – “wow what a cool rock”. 49 kids wander off uninterested but there’s that one who’s still standing there admiring that rock. That’s my tribe. That’s organic. I’ve learned it’s not my job to find people who don’t like me or my work but to find the ones who do. Finding the few who think it’s a cool rock. That’s my recipe and everyones recipe in my opinion. Read more>>