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.

Teresa Castaneda | Artist

We all risk getting rejected, judged, and making mistakes. I resolved to encounter such reactions turning risks into a growth mindset. Not taking risks would be detrimental to my career because feedback from rejections and acceptances add to my work. My lifestyle and career involve deliberate risks, for example, I choose not to have a traditional job with a steady income, founded a zero-use organization sustained from trash to teach all demographics how to make art from it, at the same time I’m processing trash I work with high-end jewelry and priceless diamonds, received national recognition for making up a word “Crinkleism”, 11 years ago I capitalized on an obligation to buy roses on Valentine’s Day by supplying stores with roses I make from toilet paper cores. Read more>>

Hannah Green | Realtor | Mother | Creative

Risk taking has been a learned skill in my life. When I was younger, I was more cautious and planned out every detail of my future. That was until I decided to drop out of my doctorate program and give up everything I had worked for, for a life that was more fulfilling to me. I spent countless hours in school rushing and working to get accepted into that field, and once I was finally in it, I realized it wasn’t right for me. I decided to take a step into the unknown, and that was the first step of many. Read more>>

Noelle Miller | Mixed Media Artist

Risk taking has been at the forefront of business lately. When things feel stagnant I think it means something needs to be pushed. I believe the only way to grow my business and to grow in life is to take risks. Risks challenge me and every challenge, small or large helps push me to realize what I am capable of. This builds confidence, both personally and professionally and creates a cycle of growth and excitement. Read more>>

Kayleigh Schadwinkel-Hickman | Dance Entrepreneur and Professional Traveling Choreographer

I firmly believe that risk taking and failure are two of the key ingredients that are essential to leading one to success. Risk-taking and failure gets such a negative tone in society, however, all of the most iconic innovators, artists, athletes, and influencers at some point in their journey had to step outside their comfort zones, and took a leap of faith to be known for their amazing accomplishments today. Read more>>