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.

Jesus Segovia | Podcaster & Spanish Teacher

I think risk taking is crucial to success. For some people it comes easier and they get the opportunities without the risk, but most of us have to go through some struggles. It also tastes a lot better once you reach a certain goal knowing whatever you had to do to get there paid off. It was all worth it. My parents took risks during my childhood to ensure a better life for my brothers and I. Moving to a different country where they didn’t even speak the language. Now were all here doing well and living a life they helped shape for us. So I definitely feel like my risk taking comes from them. Read more>>

Christie Hutchinson | Hair Artist

I’ve always been a risk taker but my biggest risk was in July 2018 when I moved my family across the country to Prosper, Texas as a hairstylist. No clientele. No friends. Just started over and took the risk to bet on myself. I opened my salon suite and now almost two years later I have a successful business. The greater the risk the greater the reward! Being ok with taking calculated risks has never let me down and in fact, made my career more successful. You have to always be willing to change and adapt to any situation. It makes you stronger and wiser. Read more>>

Jennifer Christy | Artist & Educator

It’s funny, I don’t consider myself a big risk taker, but when I look back, It appears to be quite the opposite. I can’t recall where I first heard, “Say yes, and then figure it out later”, but it pretty much defines the last decade of my life. The years following the birth of my children turned out to be some of the most exciting, messy, and risky years of my life as an artist, educator, and small business owner. Soon after my son was born, I was offered the opportunity to have a solo exhibition at an art gallery. At the time, I was hardly getting any sleep, and had only a handful of paintings completed. Of course I said yes! Read more>>