Taking Risk is essential, but how much, when and why? Taking risks effectively is as much of an art as it is a science and we’ve asked some of the brightest folks in the community to tell us about how they think about risk taking.

Isabelle Amato | Founder of In House Collective, Creator, Photographer

Taking risks is the single most important thing that has helped me grow and achieve more in every aspect of my life. Risk taking is reliant on trusting yourself even when no one else sees your vision. Taking a leap of faith is the difference between living a comfortable life and living the life of your dreams. The thing I always tell myself is “you’ll never know until you try”. For a long time, I was so afraid of going after what I wanted because of the fear of failure, rejection, and judgement. I realized that without trusting myself and believing in the dreams that I hold dear to me, I would never be able to even know if I could have succeeded in the first place. In the creative world, risk taking is everything. I am a creator, a writer, singer/songwriter, photographer, and an entrepreneur. If I had never taken the risk to see where my passion and abilities could take me, I would never be in the position I am now. Read more>>

Ashley Brasovan | Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Account Executive; Professional Trail and Mountain Runner

My perspective on risk is that you can never get to a place of true fulfillment or reach the highest level of success without taking risks. With every risk taken, comes the ability to fail and to learn from those failures. I have failed so many times in my life because of the risks I have taken in my career, school, personal life, and running. Those failures have all made me a stronger individual over time though and brought me to a higher level of fulfillment in life than I would have had otherwise. Read more>>

Michelle & John Davidson | Owner Cooper’s Small Batch Gourmet Provision

Moderate and calculated risk taking is a practice in our lives that has driven John and I in our career & choices we’ve made in our personal life. As a native of Colorado, moving to the East Coast, traveling internationally, meeting and getting to working for prestigious organizations, was a time in both our lives that has shaped who we are today and how we tackle life with adversity, risk taking and a positive view to enjoy life, and work-hard, play-hard mentality. Read more>>

Cass Clayton | Musician, Cass Clayton Band

I’ve always been naturally risk-averse, so I have to push myself all the time to take risks. If it feels wrong or my body gets heavy when I think about it, that’s the wrong kind of risk, because my intuition is saying NO. But if it feels exciting but scary, that’s my GO sign. The feeling of excitement and passion is my compass for whether the risk is right for me in that moment. Read more>>

Tami Kiekhaefer | Psychotherapist

Taking risks! Ahh, it usually makes people shutter at the thought of getting out there and being vulnerable. I used to feel that way too. “What if I fail?”, “What if people judge me?”, are thoughts that would crowd my mind. But as I grew more confident in who I am and what I stand for, I began to trust my intentions and slowly, I began to take more risks. Of course, there are two kinds of risks- the impulsive type where you don’t consider outcomes and consequences- I’ve definitely had my share of those! Then there are the calculated risks, where you consider the outcome and decide if it’s a good idea and worth it. Lastly, there are the risks that you just have to take a leap of faith, trust that you have the skills to be successful, and the support you need if it doesn’t work out as planned. Read more>>

Erika Donaghy | Painter and Potter

Everything about starting a business as an artist has felt so risky to me! I’m a naturally risk averse person, but over the years I have learned to take the risks that matter. It helps that my husband is very supportive and pushed me to take the leap. I had to start with small risks and work my way up to the big ones. Sharing my art publicly was the beginning and a very low risk proposition. This spring I built my own ceramics studio. That’s the biggest risk I have taken and has much bigger consequences if the business doesn’t pan out. However, I would much rather have take the risk and failed than not have taken the risk at all and live my whole life in a job where I wasn’t happy and fulfilled. Read more>>