Legend holds that Cornelius Vanderbilt had built a massive fortune in the steamboat shipping industry, but then realized the railroads were the way of the future and invested almost his entire net worth into railroads. The gamble paid off and made Vanderbilt one of the wealthiest entrepreneurs ever. But risks are inherently…risky. How do you think about risk and how has it affected your life and career? Some of our community favorites share their perspective below.

Michelle Bushey RID, IIDA, LEED AP | President and Design Director

I was always that person who was never afraid to try something new, exciting, or even dangerous – even though it might not have been in my best interest and scared my mom to death i.e. skydiving…. I think we are faced with risk everyday from a very young age – playground,school, acceptance, driving, walking across the street, etc…- and how we are taught to look at it and react to it shapes our ability to make decisions and take chances as we get older both personally and professionally. I learned very early on that if you want to learn, move forward and grow you have to take chances. Read more>>

Cody Mullican | Exotic Car Transporter

Growing up, failure was a constant in school. So, although I don’t like to fail, the fear of it isn’t strong enough to keep me from trying. When thinking about the risk of starting my own business I look at others and think if they can do it, I can too. Read more>>

Judi Perrotti | Hair Stylist/Owner of Salon 70

I’m a third-generation hairdresser, so hairdressing is pretty much in my DNA. My father owned a salon in Rhode Island and moved to Texas to work at the Neiman Marcus Salon in Fort Worth. A risk to be sure, moving your family away from what they know and starting over in a new city, a new state. He eventually opened another salon of his own in West Fort Worth called Richard & Co. This is where I took my first leap into working as a hair stylist. Read more>>

Maria Del Carmen Guzman | Owner and Chef of Carmel Cakery

Are you familiar with the quote ” If you never try, you’ll never know” by Jo Miller? I always go back to this quote when a new opportunity presents itself. My latest endeavor is Carmel Cakery LLC. Even though living in the middle of a pandemic, I chose to start up my home based business not knowing if it will gain popularity. I took that risk to prove to myself if it’s meant to be, then so be it! Life is too short to stay inside the comfort zone. Read more>>

Alexus Anderson | Graphic & Apparel Designer/Creator

I think risks are always a good thing. I strive to push myself in areas that I am not the most comfortable. I always tell myself it is better to be uncomfortable than it is to be comfortable. Uncomfortableness comes with paths and lessons and I’m still growing. I’ve taken many risk to get this far in my business. In the beginning I feared risks and thought that they equaled failure and I would now say I’m grateful for the way things turned out. Read more>>

Sade Stunstle | Soul/Hip Hop Artist, Writer, Producer, & President of CMSMG

I believe it’s important to take risks in life because wonderful things happen by chance. I’ve always taken certain risks, at least when it comes to leaving jobs that weren’t fulfilling. I’ve always known that I was created for a higher purpose and that doesn’t include being an employee for too long. I took a risk when I moved to Memphis, TN in 2005, right before Katrina. Moved back to Dallas 3 years later. I moved to Houston in 2011. Read more>>

Maiya Michelle | Photographer, Creative Director, & Visual Artist

It is the risk that shows us how much we are willing to sacrifice to achieve growth in life. When I think about risk, I think of how much you have to give up to achieve what you want. You have to give up going out and partying to have the time to work on your craft and achieve something more for yourself. Deciding that art is my career path was a risk in itself. Even though times have changed, there are still people that doubt. At one point in my life, I wanted to do what was best for others and not necessarily for me. Read more>>