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.

Molei Wright | TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) Survivor

My relationship with risk taking has changed dramatically since my accident. Before my accident; I wouldn’t consider myself as much of a risk-taker. I mean, I had gone skydiving but that’s because two of my best girlfriends sprung it on me and didn’t give me a chance to talk myself out of it. (They called me and said “what are you doing right now. Cool, well you’re coming skydiving with us!”) But aside from that I had a steady job where I hit my required 80 dials a day selling mutual funds. I walked to work (because I don’t like the uncertainty of other people’s driving skills) and I made sure to lock my doors. I played by the rules; I am a rule-follower. (If there was a sign warning passerby of wet floors, I would walk the extra steps around to avoid the possibility of falling) Now, after the accident, I like to say I’m still a rule follower but I’m more risk-tolerant. Read more>>

Liz Hochstetler | Health and Fitness Coach

I truly believe that in order to grow and move towards any goals, you have to get comfortable with getting uncomfortable….if something scares the crap out of you, you’re moving in the right direction. Risk taking and getting out of your comfort zone go hand in hand. It’s taken me a long time and a lot of support to get to a place where I constantly push myself to take risks and quiet the voice that is constantly saying “but what if this doesn’t work? What if I’m not good enough?” and I switch it to “don’t overthink, just do.” Read more>>

Miguel Gonzalez | Educator and Director of School

Risk-taking plays a fascinating role in the life of an educator. Much of what we have been taught through school and as educators is to mitigate risk, to backwards plan to avoid it. This comes in direct tension with the wide recognition that meaningful learning takes place at the intersection of success and failure. It is impossible to find the intersection of success and failure without taking thoughtful and intentional risk. I see this come to life each day at Embark Education, where I am the School Director. We support our learners to courageously inquire, engage, and discover a sense of self. At any given moment you can see student learning manifesting itself in a conversation between learners and the managers of Pinwheel Coffee or Framework Cycles, the two small businesses that Embark is embedded in. Read more>>