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.

Aryn Carter: Frozen Lemonade Specialist

Risk taking: how do you think about risk, what role has taking risks played in your life/career. Fredrick Douglass once said, “without struggle there is no progress.” Well, as a 8 year old, I feel the same way about risks. You must be willing to take a risk if you want to grow and be successful. My mom always tell me that every successful business person must be willing to bet on themselves if they want to win. Read more>>

Khemra Montague: CEO & Creator of HFSE

I think that risk takes faith and a certain level of comfortability. It is the willingness and audacity to take a chance on something or someone. I took a big risk during the pandemic when I put some of my savings into buying machinery to create and design clothing. It quickly transitioned from a risk to my best investment. Taking risks has played a pivotal role in both my career and personal life. It has developed a stronger trust within myself and my instincts. I’m still learning and appreciating the blessings of risk and reward. Read More>>

Ja’min G. Walker

I think risk is important. I’m a firm believer in the saying no risk no reward. You don’t wanna miss out on any great opportunities by not taking a chance. You never know how it may can change your life. Read More>>

Kaila Love: Hip Hop Artist Helping Other Artists

Sometimes safety can only take you so far and you have to take a risk to get a greater reward. The greatest risk I took was running away from home and becoming a homeless teen in order to pursue my dream to be the first in my family to graduate from college. I risked the safety I had known my whole life and the relationship I had with my grandmother (who I ran away from). Read more>>

EHUNG: Colorblind Abstract Artist and Curator

I believe life is about risk and choosing to dive into the unknown. Who am I and what would I have become if I never picked up a random tool to paint with and if I never chose to express the most inner parts of me onto a canvas? Being colorblind is a risk in itself. I never know what the blend on my canvas is until I ask a friend. Read more>>

Al Simon: Sales Performance Organization

Without risk you don’t grow. However, I wasn’t much of a risk taker in the first twenty or so years of my professional career, therefore, I wasn’t growing my skills and thought processes. And it wasn’t until starting my sales training and consulting business that I became familiar with taking risks. All of a sudden I had no salary, no benefits, and no guarantee that the business would be successful. Now, we train and coach our clients on the processes involved with risk taking and decision making and help them grow through those processes. Many people feel they would have to sacrifice whatever they have now if they took a large risk on something like their career. Read more>>

Brittany Beasley: Entrepreneur & Pet Mom

Risk taking is literally what being an entrepreneur means. When I decided to leave my 9-5 full time job with benefits to pursue Brittany Leanna Productions, I had no idea what the outcome would be. Would everything work out as planned and I’d be a successful business owner? Would I fail entirely? I remember saying to myself before I took the leap, ‘ It’s possible I may fall flat on my face with this decision. But, at least I’ll know I went for it- and have no regrets!’ I’ve always been someone who has the mindset of life being too short, so why not take that leap? If you fail, go back to the drawing board. But always go for it! Read more>>

Susan Spells: Birth Doula & Placenta Encapsulation Practitioner

I believe risks are just risks no matter what risk you take, they can affect you positively or negatively. For me, every risk taken has played a major part in where I am today in my business. If it wasn’t for my strong will to be able to take those risks and learn from them, I wouldn’t be here. Read more>>

 Jahdi Smith: Photographer of Di Vision ATL

Risk, when I think about risk I think about being fully satisfied regardless of the outcome. Similar to the smell of good food when it sparks your taste and sense. Risk taking has gotten me everything I’ve strived for. The Idea of building a family, marriage, being a supportive father. The Idea of being an incredible photographer, building a brand, owning a business. I manifested those thoughts through faith and fine works, giving me the ability to take on any risk. Read more>>

Alexandria Jones: Esthetician & Public Relations Consultant

Some people say it’s easy to walk away, but I think it’s hard to walk away. It’s hard not knowing what is on the other side because comfort keeps us in the same position doing the same things. It is risk that shakes up comfort and helps us to become a better person. Read more>>

Germaine Mobley: Business Man

You have to take risk to get the reward. Everything I have done thus far has been a risk weather in life or business. In order for me to know the outcome of my idea It had to put it to the test. My whole life has been a risk, I take chances, that’s how I figure out what works for me. Since I was 16 my life has been a risk, when i lost my mom all I could do was bet on myself. Read more>>

Ashley Johnson: Makeup Artist

I love this question. Before answering this question, I had to take a minute to check the definition of risk. Upon my research, here are some of the descriptions that are associated with the word risk. 1 : possibility of loss or injury : peril. 2 : someone or something that creates or suggests a hazard. 3a : the chance of loss or the perils to the subject matter of an insurance contract also : the degree of probability of such loss. Read more>>

Khemra Montague: CEO & Creator of HFSE

I think that risks takes faith and a certain level of comfortability. I’d prefer some type of preparation to feel a little at ease with my career risk decisions, otherwise I may overthink or overanalyze. I took a big risk after losing my job to the pandemic when I put some of my savings into buying machinery to create and design clothing. Read more>>

Cameron Wilson: Children’s Book Illustrator and Graphic Artist

I have always bet on myself. There has been many moments in my life were I was felt I was denied the opportunity to show want i could do. I never would interview well. I would get so caught up with thinking about what I should say, hoping the interviewer would like me, verses being authentic and true to myself. So I would have a hard time getting a a job in my industry of art and design. Read more>>

Carla Moore: Artist and Content Creator for ATL CHEAP DATE

A couple of years ago, I quit my job as an assistant professor at a university without knowing what was next or what I ultimately wanted to do in my career. I just knew I was burned out and didn’t feel like the work I was doing was making a difference or aligning with my purpose. Read more>>

Alyssa Carmona: Seriel Entreprenuer: Wellness Coach & Advanced Esthetician

I’m a HUGE risk taker & that stems from confidence in myself and in my creative ideas. My GREATEST blessings & accomplishments have came from me taking a risk and making it work because I chose to not have a Plan B. Read more>>

Peggie Lyons: Owner of PJL Candles

Taking risks can be extremely uncomfortable and scary, I started my business in the middle of the pandemic. I had a choice to make: either continue to let one entity control my livelihood or take the reins over my own life. Though I had previously considered candlemaking years prior, I never truly believed I could run a product-based business. Who would buy from me? Read more>>

Leslie Gomez: Personal Brand Photographer & Visibility Coach

I think of risks as necessary in entrepreneurship it produces opportunity. Taking risks has played an important role in my career in as it has allowed me to stretch myself and help me to understand my capabilities. Through the many risks that I have taken so far, most has led me on a path of success and has created the ability to thrive in my business in amidst of the pandemic. For the risks that I have taken that have failed, I interpreted those failures as stepping stones and utilized them as research in making future decisions in my business. Read more>>

Ronald Burgess: Graphic Designer

Risk taking is something I both love and fear. One of my favorite quotes is “ Life is either daring adventure or nothing at all.” Such profound words be Helen Keller. I’ve found these words to be true in many aspects of my life whether I’ve taken a risk and failed or succeeded – the moment has always been well worth it. My business iRONix Design Suite was nothing but a risk as I knew nothing about running a business. Read more>>

Nicole Theodore: Business & Entertainment Attorney

Call me unconventional, but risk taking is absolutely ESSENTIAL in the life of a successful entrepreneur. We are all familiar with the phrases “scared money don’t make money” and “no risk it, no biscuit”, right? I’m not advocating for misguided exercises in stupidity. However, it is possible to take measured, calculated risks in your industry and enjoy a huge payoff. Fortune rewards the brave! Will every risk work out? No. But in business, sometimes it’s better to be a PIRATE, rather than join the NAVY. Read more>>

Lex Martin: Artist

I feel with being an artist literally every step you take on this path is a risk. When I first decided to even attempt to be apart of my first art show I took a giant risk. I changed my normal Instagram into a business page & started posting my work. Read more>>

Ketrina Mitchell: Non-profit youth organization director/Entrepreneur

In my life and career I have always been a risk taker. When I met my late husband in 2008, while we were dating he was diagnosed with A.L.L. a rare form of childrens cancer. We married in 2009 and left our corporate jobs, pooled together our savings we had in the bank and our 401k savings and invested in starting our non-profit, I Beat ALL. Read more>>

KC Logan: Credit Consultant

When I think about risk, I get excited! I feel that risk are what’s needed in life to challenge you to become greater. For the past 2 years, my life has been all about risk taking. From me quitting my jobs in Alabama and moving to Houston with no job, to me landing a full time teaching position(7 months later) and then quitting that to become a full time entrepreneur. Lol crazy right! Read more>>

Kendra Britton: Head Start Organizational Consultant/Certified Transformational Life Coach

I feel risks are necessary and that success does not come without them. I took a risk on April 23, 2021, and stepped out on faith into full-time entrepreneurship. I did not have the ideal or suggested amount of money saved. I just knew it was time to pursue my God-given purpose of helping organizations and individuals meet their full potential. Read more>>