How do you think about risk? What role has taking risks played in your life/career? Check out responses from hidden gems from our community below.

Kem Henry | Entrepreneur & Chandler

My idea of risk taking is planning a random solo trip in the middle of the night. Or landing a job and moving in two weeks to a city I have never been to, in a state that I had only visited a handful of times. I think taking risks has allowed me to step out of my comfort zone. Which have create uncomfortable situations that has allowed me to learn about myself and grow tremendously from these experiences both personal and career wise Read more>>

Cheramie Law | Owner- Cheramie Wine and Texas Wine Guru

Risk taking has been a huge part in me becoming who I am today. Risk taking is very important to live a life you want to live. How I think about risk is “I have to wake up, I have to live so I might as well risk it all in creating the life that I want to live, instead of settling for a life that someone else wants me to live.” Read more>>

Khatera DeGrate | Fashion Designer & Mixologist

Risk taking is one of my favorite things to do. I’ve always been the type to try my luck at things just to see if I can do it, especially if someone said it couldn’t be done. I think about risk taking as a gamble, either it’s a win or loss. Regardless of the outcome, the result is still a learned lesson that I could add to my knowledge. Read more>>

Annie Henderson | Life Coach, Author, and Podcast Host

Risk taking used to be something I avoided like the plague. My brain wanted comfort and predictability, and I made sure it had just that! The problem was, by not taking risks, I became a people-pleaser who focused on making sure everyone around me was pleased by my actions. As we all know, you can’t please everyone. So even though I thought I was doing my best to make everyone happy, I wasn’t. Most importantly, I wasn’t happy. Read more>

DJ CELEBRITY | Professional DJ

I think risk taking is ESSENTIAL with being successful in life. Who do you know with millions of dollars, or just wealthy people in general who haven’t taken any risks? I came from a small town in east Texas, so my whole Dallas career has been about me selling myself to these city promoters and club owners that i could do my job as good or better then these other DJ’s from here. It’s still an uphill battle to get some gigs but i have the respect of my peers which means i have somebodies attention. Read more>>

Kandace Anderson | Cofounder & CEO of Departmynt

One thing I now know and am reminded of often is that I have a high tolerance for risk. The things that I’ve done, start a business, claim to be great at it, take on cofounders, really just commit to this thing: I understand that for some it seems almost crazy. But really it’s either you have a high tolerance for risk or you don’t. Read more>>

Vivian Anderson | Founder & Executive Director

Risk taking for me is directly connected to my trust in God. Every move I have made or think of making I pray about it. Then I move my feet. A friend has a saying when you pray move your feet. So I am not sure if I think of it has risk taking. I know that if what I decide to do or if I make a decision that doesn’t work, I have the capacity to make it work. And I reflect and say maybe that wasn’t the thing for me or the right decision. Read more>>

Marquis Paige | Owner of K&M CLEANING CREW LLC

Life is all about risk. A wise person once told me the man who thinks he can and the man who thinks he can’t are both right I just try my best to feed the positive energy and starve the negative. Taking risks has gotten me to this point so I have no complaints. Read more>>

Walter Lee | Professional Actor/Singer & Entertainer

In my line of work I’m constantly putting myself out there. Whether it be Theater, singing, or Drag, I’m presenting myself to be judged or praised. We as artists never know what the outcome will be BUT that is the risk we are willing to take because the passion for what we do runs so deeply. Without taking that first risk, that passion would have never been found. Read more>>

Daniela Dwek | Artist and Storyteller

I think of risk as stepping outside of your comfort zone, an essential way to grow. I believe that the more we get used to taking risks, the more likely we are to reach our goals. I had always been a very shy person, who hardly took risks because I did not think of the “what if it goes well”, but rather the “what if does not”. Read more>>

Kourtney’s White | Singer

Without taking risks, reaching your goal would be impossible. Fear, I believe is wha’t holds most of us back from fulfilling our dreams. In order to succeed you must take a risk! Read more>>