Are you a risk taker? Do you think you have a stronger appetite for risk relative to your friends and family? We asked some folks from the community about their approaches to risk and have shared their thoughts below.

Nephatini Crowley | Boutique Owner

I would like to say everything in business is taking risks. Starting was a risk. Placing that first order was a risk. Putting it out there to the world was risk. Some things are going to work. Some things will not but that’s okay. It’s your job to keep going; yeah that didn’t work but what are you going to do now? The only way you can fail is if you try first. One day those risks are going to pay off and how are you going to get to it if you quit. Read more>>

Joshua Edwards | Doctor of Chiropractic

It’s ironic because my personality and those who truly know me, I’m typically not known for being a risk taker or being the overly adventurous type. I tend to overthink, over analyze and try to make calculated decisions for the most part. Taking risks began during my college years as I had to continue working to put myself through graduate school. Although my family was not in the position to help out financially, I knew that if I wanted to become a chiropractor it was something I would have to do despite having to do it on my own. Read more>>

Sandra Newman | Owner/Operator @ Soul Of A Lion Studio LLC

OMG…….. RISK….. that has always been like a bad four letter word to me. Taking risk has always scared me and I have let that hold me back over the years. More times than I would like to think of, I would have much rather not even try than take the risk and fail. I have always felt that failure was not an option for me. Now, at 50, I have finally learned that it is ok to fail as long as you learn and progress from it. It is still scary for me but my faith in the Lord is strong and he leads my way so I know it will be ok. Read more>>

Tracee Wilson | Tracee Wilson, RN, BSN, MSN I Spa Owner & Business Strategist

Life is inherently risky and I believe risk taking is necessary for growth and can be life’s biggest teacher. No matter the outcome, we grow through the process and become more resilient and confident throughout our career and daily lives. Since I was a young child, I have always been known to take risks and often times even considered impulsive. I embrace and accept those characteristics about myself. When I act on impulse and/or take a risk, I’m acting as my true authentic self and by trusting my initial instinct, the outcome has either been favorable or has taught me a lesson. Remember, when taking risks, you don’t loose: You either win or learn a lesson. Read more>>

Beth Beck, PhD | Founder/CEO

No risk – No reward. Risk is often a word that naysayers use to describe actions that ‘step out of line,’ challenge the norm, or don’t fit within the established understanding of what is possible. I’m interested in figuring out ways to create new solutions to unsolvable problems. Just because something hasn’t been done before doesn’t mean it’s impossible. It simply means we haven’t figured out how to do it…yet. Read more>>

Paige Alexandria | Content Creator

I view risks as simply jumping into the unknown. I think we as human beings get this itch for the need to know how, when, where and what the outcome will before we decide IF we’re going to take a risk or not, and the truth is, we won’t know until we jump. Taking risks is also being vulnerable. You’re vulnerable to failure, backlash, embarrassment and all of the negative “what if” thoughts we ask ourselves. I use to believe that I had to muster up boldness first and then I’ll be able to take risks, but I learned quickly that it doesn’t work that way. I had to do it afraid. YOU, have to do it afraid or you won’t do it at all. Part of jumping into the unknown, is being okay with feeling uncomfortable. Read more>>