We asked some brilliant folks from the community to talk to us about how they think about risk and the role risk has played in their lives and careers.

David Vargas | Realtor

When thinking about risk, I believe that there is no success without risk. Being complacent about where you are in life rarely leads to any big achievements. I understood this when I started my real estate career and quickly found myself in very uncomfortable situations that I had never been in before. Through risk you learn how to face problems and add tools to your tool box. Read more>>

Joley Mae Gow | Entrepreneur, Actress, & Social Media Influencer

Being an entrepreneur/actress, taking risks has played a major role in my life. My mom and I have dreamt of opening a performing arts studio for years, and we finally decided this year to take that leap of faith and make our dreams a reality, because it will never be “a perfect time” to start. It took major sacrifice, and it has been so worth it. Read more>>

Carlos Alberto Sarria | Professional Dog Groomer

Taking risks is in my DNA. Without taking risks I would not have been the man I am today! This topic is one that I have so much passion speaking about. It is vital to take risks, to learn something new and to experience things you have not done before!! With my career, I took the risk to not apply for anymore jobs and stopped taking interviews from companies, and chose to start my dog grooming business. From home, self-taught, I crafted these hands to scissor and trim, and gently handle all beautiful dog breeds, from puppies to seniors! My experience continues to grow and my vision for my business will soar, all due to taking risks! Read more>>

Joseph Watson | Illustrator & Fine Artist

I think about risk in the same way I think about gambling. Without taking a risk, it’s hard to imagine that I could gain that win. I like to take smart risks, meaning that I’m willing to take a somewhat minimal loss to somehow have a gain in furthering my career as an artist or creating a higher visibility for my art. Early on in my career, I clearly remember taking various risks in order to succeed. Read more>>

Kim Kenney | Wedding Venue owner

I believe the saying “no risk, no reward” is very true. And starting the business I had to completely step out of your comfort zone. I had been presented with a good opportunity and I was going to make it work no matter what. When you have a lot of risk, determination and the will to succeed can become intoxicating. Read more>>