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.

Mr. Corny Fletcher | Brand Spokesperson

Taking risks has always been a part of the fabric of Fletcher’s Original Corny Dogs success starting in 1938, when brothers Neil and Carl Fletcher were winding down careers in Vaudeville. Just as they were plotting their next moves in life, Carl was offered a unique opportunity to run a food booth at the Fair Park. Both men had spent years marveling at the lack of cuisine offered to the Park patrons and knew they had an opportunity on their hands. According to Neil, there was a local baker on Oak Lawn Ave. who served a dish of hot dogs baked in cornmeal in the shape of an ear of corn, and while it tasted good, the process was time-consuming and complicated. The brothers tested the recipe and realized that by frying it, not only did it cut time in the cooking process but now it was a mobile food on a stick. Read more>>

Tara Lenney | Interior Designer and Art Shop Owner

Normally, I’m completely risk-averse. I’ve spent so much of my life trying to mitigate risks, especially financial ones. I’ve always been a little more cautious or timid than the next person, which is why I NEVER in a million years thought I would start my own business. I started my Interior Design business very small and very part-time, slowly building up and growing in between my kids naps. But there came a time when the business was growing quickly; too quickly for me to handle on my own. At that same time my husband hated his job and wanted out to be able to spend more time with our family. It became clear that our next move was to go full time in business together. It was terrifying and exhilarating. Read more>>

Stephanie White | Author, Event Specialist , Motivational Speaker & Blogger

I think that any important life decision you will have to make, whether it be a career decision, a personal life decision or a decision that will affect your family, will involve some type of risk. Success, growth and/or failures all involve taking a risk. There is not one without the other! Taking a risk with anything you do, involves stepping out of your comfort zone into an area that is uncomfortable. Taking “Risks” has played a major role in both my career and in my life. I would not be 15 years in business or at a place with 2 degrees under my belt if I didn’t take the necessary risks, it took to get here. Read more>>