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.

Bodies by Jazz “Jasmine Ingram” | Certified Personal Trainer

Risk bridges goals to results! If you don’t shoot your shot, it will never go in. Risk-taking hands down is the biggest role in my experience as an entrepreneur. It has been the scariest risk that i almost did not take that got me 10 steps ahead OR even showed me what not to do. I have taken risks that would have pushed me so far ahead but my timing was incorrect. Even though my plan did not go through every time, i knew what “not” to do the next time the opportunity presented itself. Decisions become more calculated as you experience taking more risks. Read more>>

Harold and Carlton Cochran and Curry II | Co Founders

We’re risk takers. When one ask us what we think of risk, we always reply that we think of the word faith. They go hand and hand. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. When we entered into a faith/risk business it was a paradigm shift for our live. We could not lean to our own understanding and we had to acknowledge God in ALL thy ways, not just saying it but actually living it. The significance of greatness is always being different. One can not expect to succeed in this lifetime operating in a spirit of fear. The Bible says in 2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV): For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Read more>>

Jennifer Ibeanusi | Movement & Mindset Coach

I would describe myself as more risk-averse. I don’t often make risky decisions. Instead, admittedly, I seek out the path of least resistance (haha.) At the same time though, I never want to settle or feel like I am burying my talents and skills. So even though it’s challenging and it stretches me outside my comfort zone, I lean in to making bolder, riskier decisions. One example that comes to mind is my college career. I was in my 6th year of college (I switched schools and majors several times) and was majoring in Psychology and had plans of becoming a marriage and family therapist. But then, I realized during that year that I wanted to pursue working in the fitness and wellness industry instead. Read more>>

Jennifer Benefield | Owner/Founder

Taking risk can be a scary thought. Many people fear the unknown and struggle with decision-making in business. As an entrepreneur, I found myself here many times. The fear of what if, but in order to achieve success you must be willing face failures. No one plan failure as a goal, but unforseen circumstances tend to happen and it can result in failed goals. It’s important to understand the significance in failing, get up redo, restart, and renew. I have failed in several areas, but the key 🔑 was the lesson learned in that experience. On a positive note, some risk were a benefit and it propel the business to the next level. Words of encouragement, as long as you’re physically, mentally and spiritually able you can do anything you put your mind to. Read more>>

VINCE | Recording Artist and CEO of Little Entertainment Group

Bill Gates said it best, “To win big, you sometimes have to take big risks.” In other words, what I believe Bill was saying is that success can never be had sitting idle and taking small steps. It is never EASY to be successful. You have to take a risk to “make it big” in life. I remember sitting at my job back home in Memphis, TN in the year 2019. My lease was up, and I was at my computer looking for new apartments. It came to me at random, like an epiphany: “Put in your 2 weeks notice and go to Atlanta!”. If you can imagine the feelings of fear and self-doubt that flooded my mind in the moments after. I prayed and said, “God, that sounds crazy!”. However, I couldn’t deny that my time was ending in Memphis, and that I needed to be in a city where the entertainment industry was booming. Read more>>

Jeremy Grelle | Music Producer/Engineer & Record Label Owner

When it comes to evaluating risks, I believe strongly in following my intuition. If a risk is truly worth taking, usually that inner voice will be screaming at me, “Go for it!” I tend to have a strong and clear picture in my mind of what the desired outcome is from taking that risk if it’s truly worth taking. More often than not, when those signs have been there, the risk-taking has worked out. But I find those worthwhile risks to be somewhat rare. If those signs aren’t there, I will usually seek to gather more data to see if the picture becomes clearer. If that inner voice doesn’t start getting more insistent at that point, then I know it’s a risk that should be left to the side. Read more>>

Sika Noxolo | Platform Curator, Entrepreneur and Artist Developer

Risk are extremely vital in life and career paths, reason being, the exposure of strengths and weaknesses. I use taking risks as an advantage to gather information about my progress or lack of progress. They have certainly served a purposeful role in my life and career. Read more>>

New New | Makeup Artist, Lash Technician & Skincare Specialist

Risk taking has played a pivotal role in all aspects of my life. I’m super in tune with my spirit, so if there is something disruptive to my spiritual peace, I remove myself from it abruptly. For example, less than a year ago, I was working for a Fortune 500 company. Great pay and benefits. But, the structure of our department was trash. We had little to no upper management support, training was also trash because of the lack of upper management support. When COVID struck, we were pushed to work from home. The energy from my daily interactions was not only consuming me, it started consuming my home. Read more>>

Roxy Taylor | Entrepreneur , Influencer & brand ambassador

I think risk taking is very important. It’s one of those things if you don’t you’ll never know what could be or for that matter learn lessons gain experience & expertise. The biggest role taking risk has played in my career , it has helped me become comfortable with change most people are afraid of change or getting out of their comfort zone. where I’m constantly taking risk trying new thing & switching gears I have no choice but to adapt to new things & situations gracefully all while being ok with temporarily discomfort & mastering that sector in which I decided to take a risk on. Read more>>

Jazmine Barnes | Mental Health Therapist & Artist

I’m terrified when it comes to risk. I always second guess the decision and talk myself into leaning towards familiarity and comfort. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that getting comfortable with being uncomfortable offers greater reward. This summer I decided to leave my full-time job as a therapist working at a non-profit to start at a private practice. Let me say that again, I left my full-time, full health benefits, PTO paying job to start at a private practice where I had no clients yet which meant no real pay yet. I did not take the monumental decision lightly, but one thing I had to remind myself of is the bigger the risk the greater the reward. Thankfully, I was right. I couldn’t be happier at the private practice. Read more>>

Bleu Marley | A&R/SongWriter (for Uglymoney ent)

Taking risk is what defines me. Everyday you wake up and walk out that door you are gambling on life. Your life. Every day we rolling the dice. Rich people didnt get rich sitting down waiting on handouts. They got up and took risk. They gambled on ideas. On themselves and there dream. As they say “scared money dont make no money” this is true in life and business. you have to invest in you. In your brand for it to even become a real brand you got to invest in it. It’s a sacrifice. a risk that has to be taken in order to achieve success. Read more>>

Leya Starr | Music Artist

Taking risk is important because if you don’t you will live your life in routine because your too scared to take a risk and do something that’s out of the ordinary ,chances make champions ! and if your scared to take a chance you might miss out on what can make you a champion . Taking a risk has played a big role in my life and career because I chose a career that isn’t your typical 9-5 and walked by faith not knowing what tomorrow may brings I always keep going no matter what obstacle I face I never give up on myself .  Read more>>

Raven | Raven Sharrone | Fashion Boutique Owner and Blogger

Risks is just taking a chance and seeing what can happen even though you aren’t sure about the outcome. When it comes to your career especially starting a business I know risks can be scary but you have to have faith the size of a mustard seed and believe that if it’s meant to be GOD will lead you the entire way. Life can be unpredictable and sometimes we worry about what’s next but I say taking a risk and constantly encouraging yourself will get you a long way. When I started my boutique I knew that I had to take a risk. Fashion is just not a career to me its what I love and I know this is one of my purposes GOD has set for me so I am going to do what I have to do to get where I need to be. Read more>>

Anahya Pankey | Traveling Makeup Artist

One of the biggest pieces of advice that someone once told me was that chances make champions. Big risks equal big rewards. Taking risks for most people is hard because they’re afraid that it won’t work out or what will happen if they fail. But the other side of that mindset is what will happen if it succeeds? Taking risks is the sole reason my career is what it is today. I have always bet on myself. Whether I was broke, confused, or whatever may have you. But the secret in taking risks is to always make sure they’re calculated. In 2016, the first big risk I took was to leave undergrad at Ohio State University and focus on my makeup career. It was spring time and I told myself that if I took this semester off, I’d have this semester and the entire summer to make something happen and if it didn’t work, I’d just go back to school in the fall. Read more>>

Keta Greggs | Owner & Creative Director of Mauve Boutique

The moment you decide to become an entrepreneur, you instantly become a risk taker. Taking risks are inevitable because you never know what the outcome will be. I literally decided to invest in an idea that I was passionate about, didn’t know anything about business, marketing or sales. Just a vision and some fly clothes! Four years in, I’m definitely a pro risk taker because I’m always gonna bet on my brand! No, I’m not sure if my community ( hey Mauve Babes) will LOVE my next collection but I’m most definitely willing to take my chances. Without taking risks I wouldn’t have made the decision to start Mauve Boutique! Read more>>

Savvy Melado | Recording Artist & Actor

The way I think about risk is for sure a 360 from what it used to be for me and how I approached it. Today, I see risk as an opportunity, a way to get to where you want to be. There’s a risk in just about everything, so within that, I choose to keep a positive outlook on the situation. Aware of the fact any risk could go different, when that happens a lesson is learned instead of seeing it as bad or it went wrong. Being aware of certain risks to take is important to me as well because every risk isn’t worth taking. Since following this path, risk taking has been the number one role in my life and career! Read more>>

Erika Jaquez | Graphic Designer & Painter

My path to an artistic career was not a straightforward one by any means. There were many complications, feelings of indecisiveness, and questions along the way, but ultimately I’m so happy it happened the way it did, and that I’m doing what I’m doing now. Both of my parents are dentists. I also went to a college-prep boarding school that was academically-focused (specifically in the sciences, maths, etc.,) and artistic practices were viewed as more of a hobby or side interest. With both of those things in mind, my artistic practice took a back seat for many years of my life. Although I had a very consistent interest in drawing/painting/designing while growing up and dedicated a lot of time to creating work, I pushed that aside in my teens to focus more on achieving academic success. Read more>>

Maggie Fuchs | Visual Storyteller, Photographer

Taking risk is vital for any form of growth. Even if you fail, you’re learning something out of it. I’m pretty introverted but in recent years have forced myself to step out of my comfort zone and explore the world and the people in it. This expanded my perspective so much and as for my career I am no longer afraid to ask someone if they want to shoot or let my full creative thoughts spill when we are shooting. Authenticity is the most beautiful form of creativity and what we are all craving so why not take the risk and show your truest self to the world? Since I have, I’ve noticed a major shift in my friendships, family, and quality of life as a whole. Read more>>

Adrian Maloney Jr | Player development coach

Risk taking: what do I think about it? We need to take risk in order to be successful. What role does it play? It has been at the forefront of my entire life. All my life I have been taking risk. I knew I would be different, from my ambitions, the way I moved, when everyone went right I went left. I realized early on that i needed to take the stairs and not the elevators. I couldn’t take short cuts I had to take risk and make sacrifices. Read more>>

Keynia Hardley | Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

When I conceptualize risks I simultaneously hear and see the word faith. Faith at its most basic form is doing, saying, or believing something can work for your benefit if you just do it. Risk is a faith-driven step in that there typically is something on the other side of it that one is willing to take a leap of faith to manifest. One day during the last 4 years of my teaching career I became frustrated with sensing the ceilings of potential that were all around me due to the limited framework those around me saw me through and the limitations established that do not allow teachers to play both roles as teacher to the parents’ child and credible source of guidance in the personal affairs of the parents. Read more>>

Candace Emerson | Fashion Designer & Fashion show producer

I honestly look at the word risk or the phrase risk taking the same way I do the word faith or taking a leap of faith. It’s just all depends on your mindset at the time. If you’re in a negative head space you’re more than likely to talk yourself out of something beneficial because you may feel it’s “too risky”, but if you look at the same opportunities from a positive mindset you’re more than likely to way the pros before the cons and take that first step of faith into your blessings. Read more>>

K. Calloway | Musician & Founder of The K. Calloway Foundation

I see risk as something that is similar to betting on yourself and stepping out on faith. Taking a risk is the first step to believing in your mindset and skills in a world where opportunities are endless. Betting on myself was the best thing that ever happened to me because it grew my faith. I had doubts when it came to stepping out and building my brand as a musician and starting my nonprofit. I kept playing compare and contrast to everyone around and I felt as if this was something I did not need to do right away, but it was something in me that was louder than my doubts telling me to go for it because the one thing I had a lot of people didn’t was faith and support. The way life was moving for me, God started to show me my purpose, and that when I stay focus on what he has for me, His power will continue to work in my favor. Read more>>

Dr. Josephine Almanzar | Licensed Psychologist

I believe risk is a necessary element for growth. It is relatively easy to make decisions when we have reassurance, reinforcement, and all the information. However, the decision-making process becomes significantly more difficult when the path ahead is unclear. In those moments, something important happens: We have to believe in ourselves and our purpose. That belief has to override doubt, anxiety, and fear and compel us towards action. I am a proud legacy of individuals who embody this level of conviction. My grandmother took a tremendous risk when moving her two young boys from the Dominican Republic to the United States in the early 70s. Read more>>

Tricia Lakes | musician and teacher

I would not necessarily classify myself as a risk taker, personally or professionally. So starting my own business is the biggest risk I have taken to date! Read more>>

Rebecca Heiss | Professional Speaker | Author | CEO/Founder of The Leap & icueity

I’m a huge believer that too often people let their fear of taking action prevent them from fully living their lives, without ever calculating the cost of inaction. Sure, it’s terrifying to take the leap into an unknown career, or relationship, or any new trajectory but to me, the far greater risk is not playing the game to begin with. When I was a little kid I knew exactly what I wanted to be when I grew up – an actress! I loved the spotlight, the drama, the theatre! But when it came to me actually performing, I allowed the pressure and the fear of failure to get in my way. When I was 8 years old I had made it to the public speaking state finals but on the day of the competition I never showed up. Read more>>