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.

Ty Lewis | CEO, Educational Advocate, Author, Consultant, & Homeschool Mom

Giving up is not an option. My ability to keep going is driven by my God-given assignment, family, people that are assigned to me, and the lives that I was called to change. My gift is greater than my feelings. When you feel the urge to give up, ask yourself, “Is giving up worth aborting the plan to impact lives and be the answer to someone’s problem?” You’ve got this! Keep pushing. Read more>>

Molly Bailey | Graphic designer

As a graphic designer, the urge to push yourself never dulls with how competitive things are! It’s a drive, like so many of us have! In my line of work the project direction, the overall layout, or even the color scheme doesn’t always work on the first draft. It hardly ever works! I may have to tinker with it for hours, possibly days trying to get it right before I realize… sometimes it takes giving that idea a rest (or dropping it completely) and trying a new one. Read more>>

Alex Watson | Artist & Designer

I think it is important to make a distinction between giving up and making adjustments or changes. It’s inherent in my artistic process to allow myself to experiment and problem-solve as I go. This keeps my artwork fresh and interesting and keeps me invested in my creative practice. When you have that struggle where you are forced to think differently the outcome can sometimes surprise you. You are constantly learning and evolving, therefore what you want and need changes. Read more>>

Sheretta Armstrong | Sheretta Danielle Photography

I believe when it comes to your passion, you should answer those questions before giving up. Personally, what photography does for me can’t compare to anything else. I know there are a lot of things to take in consideration when making that decision, but what i’m willing to sacrifice to keep picking up the camera tells me to keep going. Ask yourself what are you willing to sacrifice then I believe you’ll have your answer. Read more>>

Steven Daniel | Publicist

Honestly, being faced in a position where you find yourself asking if you should give up on your dream, is a difficult place to be in. You’re stuck between a dream and reality. Then and there you have to make a decision. In 2014, I found myself asking God if I should shut my business down, because I became overwhelmed with college and wasn’t passionate anymore just doing graphics and not really providing my best potential I knew I had inside. But surely, every time I said I was quitting, throwing in the towel and shutting it all down. Read more>>

Nicole Jones | Entrepreneur & Podcaster

You know you should keep going if you are not satisfied with where you are today. Place as much energy and dedication towards achieving the goal as you do thinking about it. You owe it to yourself to at least try to keep going in pursuit of your goals and happiness. No matter how many obstacles come your way do not let it deter you from the ultimate journey towards success. Read more>>

Lisa Marie | Certified Life Coach & Author

The option to give up is rarely an option for me. I believe that just because something may not come easy does not mean one should give up. The bases of my faith allow me the great opportunity to know that once I have done everything that I can humanly do , then God will step in and do the rest. Now, one must know the difference between what is for them and what is not. I believe that when I am about to start something or do something new I must first seek God to see if this is for me. Read more>>

Yvetta Young | Yvetta Young | CEO, Reiki Master & Production Coordinator

This is a good question. There have been many times that I feel as if I should quit or keep going and just when I “ask” my higher self if I am walking in my destiny, I get a wink from GOD and a door opens up and an opportunity presents itself and I become restless with creativity. Also, I know that it has always been important to me to be an entrepreneur. Read more>>

Amelia Jackson | Photographer

I always keep going going. Giving up is never an option unless I am physically unable to perform my tasks. Fear is one big reasons many people give up. Fear of failure. Fear I will not be able to do better than last week. Fear of competitors. Instead of running away from fear, I (F)ace (E)verything (A)nd (R)ise. You never know if the choice to give up today was a blockage of your success tomorrow. I believe in the saying, “keep going until the wheels falls off”. Read more>>

Shawn & Edward Alshut | Architect + Interior Designer (Shawn)

If you maintain your passion in Life and Career | Business GIVING UP is not an Option. Life is Change : A set of given, yet variable conditions, challenges, opportunities and personal choices. Our business, STUDIO A2, was founded at the beginning of the 2009 Global Economic Crisis. We had both been laid-off from our respective firms and decided that at that time of a paradigm shift, it would be as challenging to start our own business as to find a job with another office. We were confronted with unplanned Changes requiring Choices. Read more>>