If not giving up was always the right answer life would be so easy. History shows us that sometimes quitters prosper and sometimes they miss out. Knowing when to quit and when to keep going is one of the most difficult questions and so we asked folks we admire to tell us how they think through this question.

Antoinette Jones | Self-taught Acrylic Portrait Artist

My name is Antoinette Jones and I am an acrylic, portrait, and pet portrait artist. My art journey began a little over 3 years ago. I started making art as a hobby and was just something I would do to relax and make for friends and family. It took me a while to really gain confidence in myself as an artist and in my art. I still am not a full-time artist yet but this is something that I have had to work on overcoming. Whether you are referring this question to a painting, your business, or any other goal you may want to pursue, the ability to know when enough is enough is a great asset. Read more>>

Alex Cherry | Music Journalist & Curator, Novice Principles

The belief in yourself starts from within. When you begin your creative process you’re supposed to have a defined purpose. That purpose alone should be the backbone to never giving up. As you grow, you’ll begin receiving feedback, positive & negative but opinions should never drive the decision making to your process. Every step you make as an artist is progression, even the most minor of things. Even on the darkest of days, when doubt creeps through your mind whether to keep going or give up, always choose to keep going because you became a creative for a reason. Your unique path will bring you to places once unimaginable with the belief in you and your product. Read more>>

Coby Ficklin | Photographer & YouTuber

This is one of the biggest questions in life, whether to keep going or give up. How do you know what you are doing right now will help you in the future if you cannot see it. I”ll give you a little secret on why you should keep going. FAITH. The assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. You make a commitment to yourself and have faith in trusting God that all your dreams and goals can be achieved. Because without him faith or the idea to keep going it is impossible so you must believe with all your heart and he rewards those who seek him. Read more>>

Derrick Mullins | Filmmaker & Photographer

Good question! My favorite quote is by Dolly Parton, ” Find out who you are and do it on purpose.” I’ve always been a story teller and always had a huge imagination. I could always visualize or picture an idea in my mind. Which got me through a lot tough times and experiences over the years.. It’s very easy to throw your hands in the air and say I’m done. Maybe money issues, a car that doesn’t work right, or family issues. That being said you have to pick yourself out of the dirt, just because plan A didn’t work there is always a plan B. Read more>>