How do you know when you should keep going versus when it makes sense to cut your losses and try something new? It’s a difficult decision most entrepreneurs and creatives have faced along their journey and so we asked some brilliant folks from the community to share their thoughts.

Damola Ajanaku | Cinematographer

One thing I told myself when I got into the film industry was that I wasn’t going to give up despite how hard it got. I love what I do too much and that love for cinematography is what Keeps me going. I think giving up is just an indication that you were never interested in what you were doing in the first place. I think when things aren’t working out we should pivot our focus from what’s not working and figure out why things are not working and approach it from a solution driven mindset. Read more>>

Nick Gaitan | Musician & Teacher

I always keep going, even if the direction or focus changes. This of course is unique to the situation and/or context, but I can’t say that I have ever just stopped doing anything that I am passionate about regardless of how bad it beat me up. Read more>>

Estefani Lopez | Beginner Nail Technician

So when I decided to launch my business on August 6th, 2020 a few weeks later, i finally had my first client. At times i would feel like my work wasn’t good enough and maybe that was a factor why I wasn’t getting clientele. And also at times I felt like giving up. Even though I knew I wasn’t going to have clients at my door step right away, I knew it would take time for me to build clientele. But eventually due to my patience I build within my self everything started to fall in place. After months from launching my business I started to get booked on the daily, 4 ppl a day (still to this day). But the main key to keep going is to be the your own promoter in your business And believe in your self , don’t give up on your dreams you came a long way to stop now! Read more>>

Ruth A. Muñiz | Jewelry Artisan | Universal Inspirations by Bazillionheir

By the time I was 26, I had already buried a husband (at the age of 24 due to leukemia), and two children (one at 2 days old due to premature labor brought on from extreme spousal abuse during my pregnancy; and the other at 1 ½ years old due to murder). If there were ever times that I wholeheartedly desired to give up, these were some of them. And while I didn’t have a strong support system during these years of my life, I did still have two living children. I’m so extremely grateful to God that they gave my life purpose when I had absolutely none for myself. Read more>>