Knowing whether to keep going when things aren’t working out according to plan is one of the most difficult decisions – both emotionally and intellectually. Below, you’ll find advice from some of the city’s best and brightest about how to know when to keep going and when to give up.

Sharae’ Mobley | Owner of Rae’Diant Artistry

Giving up is never an option! The road may get rocky and pathways may get dark, you pivot and find another way. But, you never give up! Always remember your WHY and keep going! Read more>>

Carlean McWright | Videographer, Photographer, & Editor

I listen to my heart in order to know when to keep going. Personally, I do not believe in “give up”. Instead, I believe that a person should be redirected. For example, if it is not working then choose a better path, but do not give up. Giving up is not an option. Read more>>

Jasmine Cutler | Certified Personal Trainer/Fitness Professional

When you’re thinking about whether you want to give up or keep going, you first have to think about why you even allow the thoughts across your mind to give up in the first place. When we’re against the ropes and we feel like we no longer can and REALLY we want to give up? That’s when courage and strength push us forward and propel us into a different place. There are so many times where I wanted to give up on my branding, my business and the many things that I am aspiring towards. Read more>>

Tye Brown | Event Planner & Caterer

There are plenty of times that I contemplate whether or not I should give up or keep going. The one thing that keeps me going is the satisfaction of my customers. There are a lot of companies out there making products and not open about what goes into them. I consider myself to be very open about what my customers are buying. I always put myself into the shoes of a customer and think, “what would I, as a customer, want if I was buying this product?” I often get reviews and I see good feedback and appreciation for the products that they have purchased. Read more>>

Martha Mari | Blogger & Content Creator

How to know whether to keep going or to give up? I’ve often asked myself this question throughout different phases of life. When I was in college, I questioned whether I was in the right major or should I just quit and start over. Even with the different professions that I have held, this question would always pop up in my head. But in recent years as I have pursed more creative projects, I have found that this question still lingers at times. Read more>>

Tracey Bonner | Actor/Entrepreneur

You may feel like giving up when things get challenging but giving up isn’t and can never be an option. Sure you may need to take some time to step away and evaluate your progress but you must regroup and get back to accomplishing your goal(s). And you must also note that there’s no time limit on when your goals are to be met so don’t look at other people’s lives as a timeline. All of our paths are different and we will experience obstacles on the way but that should never deter you from reaching your full potential. So to that I say giving up is never and option!!! Read more>>

T.Nicole Gonzalez | Music/Lifestyle Blogger

As a blogger, striving to build a strong social media following; it can seem disheartening not having the engagement that you want. Giving up can seem like a viable option, but it’s never long-lived. I often wake up in the middle of the night with writing prompts, I could be grocery shopping and come up with an idea of something that would work well on the blog. I’ve heard songs that have launched new segments for my site. These are the moments that I know I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing and that tell me that I have to keep going. Read more>>

Lanisha Javon Gholston | Actor & Army Veteran

This is a rather simple life lesson that keeps presenting itself to me over and over again. Faith. Faith is what keeps me going. God speaks to me through my ups and my downs. I often have to remind myself ALL of which he has brought me through. I went to war fresh out of college in my 20s, for 367 days. I made it back home, something I don’t take too lightly. He covered me and my company every day! Before every mission, we would pray the 23rd Psalm “The Lord is My Shepherd, I shall not want”! Read more>>

TeAndra “Stryngz” Presley | Music Consultant

My determination to keep going forward comes from every disappointment,rejection ,failure or let down. I end up feeling like I have a point to prove to myself, like look how far you’ve come. I tell myself that both giving up or giving in cannot rent space in my journey! Read more>>