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.

Nick Napoletano | Artist, designer, muralist, technologist

I would attribute the vast majority of my success to the big “leaps of faith” I have taken throughout my career. When I was 20 years old I took all the money I had at the time and poured it into building and stretching a 8’x16’ canvas. I spent 2.5 months that summer in a donated warehouse space in Hartford Ct teaching myself how to oil paint using old master techniques I read in a book. Read more>>

Angie Robinson | Event Planner

I’m all about calculated risks. I’m a planner at heart so it’s difficult for me to jump into something without giving it a lot of thought beforehand. Risk-taking was the catalyst for starting Heavenly Days Events. My husband and I planned for three years to hike the Appalachian Trail. Read more>>

Brooke Moran and Paul Tame N/A | Culture and Leadership Development Consultants and Certified Professional Coaches

Risk has been the foundation of our collective and individual work for 25+ years. We’re risk nerds! Most commonly, people think about economic and physical risks, and the word “risk” tends to have a negative connotation. However, there are all manner of risks: emotional, intellectual, creative, spiritual, artistic, social, leadership, etc.; risks are also associated with gains and growth. Read more>>

Jessica McGaugh McGaugh | Filmmaker

As a filmmaker and a teacher, risk-taking is a big part of my life. I have always been inspired by punk-rock DIY and cultures, and live as an artist this way. If there is something I want to make, I just go ahead and make it. No need to ask permission. Trying something new and working outside of my comfort zone can lead to failure, but I believe that these risks are essential for growth as an artist and as a human being. All of my successful work has come from taking chances. Read more>>

Tama Kieves | Inspired Visionary, Bestselling Author, International Speaker, and Career/Success Coach

I teach my clients and students that “Any choice is a risk, except the right one.” It’s natural to want safety, but there is a kind of “safe” that isn’t safe. There is no safety in denying who you are. My whole career is based on one huge risk I took, followed by many others. Having graduated Harvard Law School, and on my way to making partner at a prestigious law firm, I felt empty and unfulfilled. I’d always known there was “something more” in me. Read more>>