To persevere or to pivot is a question that do-ers have been asking themselves since the beginning of time.  It’s never a straight road when you are doing something new, blazing a trail, breaking a ceiling, or pushing boundaries, so it’s only natural to wonder whether to give up midway.  How do you know whether to keep going or to give up?

Sonia Medrano | Medical Examiner

You should give up on something if it becomes clear that it doesn’t bring you joy anymore, you aren’t loving the process. Always keep going if what you are doing excites you and gives you a sense of purpose in life. Read more>>

Sami Collins | Artist

I’ve recently become a mother, something that I imagined being only after I had achieved my goals and had my life in order. But no matter how much I prepared for a career, unpredicability was never anticipated. Now I have someone else in my life I want to live for. I don’t want to give up, nor do I intend to neglect others for the sake of my own ambitions. I do know the right choice isn’t decided by pride. Life is just unpredictable and there’s no clear answer. Do right by yourself but do right by others far more. Read more>>

Melissa Showers | Fine Artist & Graphic Designer

We have all been faced with this question at some point in our lives. I was recently faced with it when I was diagnosed with an aggressive breast cancer in October 2019 at age 38 years. You never now how strong you can truly be until you are faced with the option to keep going or give up. I chose who I became in the last 8 months. Coming out the other side of treatment and surgeries, I am a stronger woman and realize that each second we live is a gift I had taken for granted. As an artist, I am bursting with new found inspiration and emotions I need to express. I will never give up. Read more>>

iiiYansa T. Muse | Oratory Counselor, Spiritualist & Artist

It all boils down to how well you wish to succeed. This is a reason I encourage people going into business for themselves to choose a skill that would make them happy over a skill that will make the most money. You will naturally put more effort in to something you love, and it is Universal Law that you will manifest what you place the most of your energy into. All beginning journeys have setbacks and struggles, and that is certainly not the time to give up. THAT it the time to go in deeper, to try new ideas, and to learn from your setbacks. I cannot say when is a time to give up, because I don’t believe in giving up. It isn’t an option for me. However, if you feel burned out, frustrated, or on the verge of giving up, (these moments do happen to the best of us) slow down. Take some time to reflect, or consider changing lanes. Never, ever, give up. Read more>>

Jaszlyn Gardner | Handbag Designer

To me giving up is not an option anymore. I gave up for 10 years losing myself and forgetting I have dreams. You will always have people who don’t want to support you, but at the same time, you have to keep pushing. I had to teach my boys that you can’t give up no matter how hard life gets. Just keep going until you get to where you wanna be. Than everything else will fall in to place. Read more>>