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 eye 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.

John Burke | Composer & Pianist

Taking risks is a part of the job. Sharing a new song/composition with the world makes you feel vulnerable and completely naked. The risks you take are not just professional (e.g. losing listeners, streams, interest), but they are very personal and challenge your self-respect as a musician. But with every risk you take and new release you throw out into the world, you find steadfast followers who appreciate your music, support any changes or experiments you create, and you grow more self-respect by courageously revealing your artistic voice. The risks are always, always worth sharing your voice. Read more>>

Mary Doornbos | Pediatric Dentist & Pediatric Dentistry Owner

I was pregnant with my twin girls when I decided to start my own dental office. I had three year old twin boys at home. I had a husband who worked long hours, often overnight and on the weekends. We were moving to a new town. From the outside, my circumstances didn’t exactly scream “it’s a great time to start a business.” But here’s why I had such peace. First, I got wise counsel from my husband, parents, in-laws and close friends; the people whom I most trusted and who knew me, my values and my goals for my family and career. I also stopped listening to advice from those who meant well but did not really know me, my path or my gifts. I would often hear things like, “Oh, Mary, are you sure? Don’t you think this is too much?” but I learned quickly that these people were speaking from a place of their own reservations. They were really saying that they would never do that. Read more>>

Patti Krohngold | Creative Consultant, Designer & Artist

Risk-taking happens when you take that scary step into the unknown. Like you are climbing a long ladder, one rung at a time. I worked for an architectural firm in Atlanta for four years from 1980-1984. I fell in love with interior and graphic design there. I went on to SCAD which was a new art college in Savannah in 1984. I moved back to Atlanta after that and worked for an advertising agency. After years of working for other people and having a boss I wanted control of my own design and benefit financially by being the main recipient of the paycheck. To be honest I wanted to make more money. I met my husband/partner and opened many nightclubs, restaurants, and bars in Atlanta for 25 years. I named the businesses, created the visuals, logos, graphics, and interiors for these businesses. Read more>>