To pivot or to persevere? Or more bluntly – to give up or to not to give up? This is a haunting question, a question that has ramifications far after an answer has been chosen and it’s also a question that almost everyone in our community has had to face at one time or another. How do you know when to give up and when to keep trying?

Kepler Beats | Music Producer & Sync Composer

Giving up sounds like such a harsh term. Any time I’m asked “do you ever think of giving up music?” I have never once said yes. But giving up and making a pivot are two entirely different things. Creatives never stop creating, the capacity in which it happens just changes. I’ve made the switch from becoming a recording engineer, to a music producer, to a sync composer, but I never felt like I’ve given up. When it comes to creativity, you have to follow what excites you. Read more>>

Dedry Johnson | Kid DJ of Roswell

I’ve never really known when or how to give up in the things I do. One of my family’s belief systems is to never give up, and I’ve never done so. As a result, I just keep going with whatever I do and keep pushing through no matter what. There has been so much stuff with my DJing that I don’t know how I am supposed to do, and there are still things that I can’t do yet so I have to keep practicing. Although I have more to learn, I look forward to pushing myself further and never limiting myself. Read more>>

Zain Moosa | Entrepreneur

I think the whole idea is to understand your goals and the impact of what you are doing. No matter how small or big, everything matters. If you know your goal and are prepared to reach all limits to achieve it, then giving up is not an option. However this is easier said than done, to be honest, and sometimes you have to read the signs and accept that it’s time to let go at that particular time. Read more>>

Taylor Mitchell | Brand & Marketing Specialist

I rely heavily on my thoughts on dreams to inform me on my decisions to either continue or give up. If I find my self still dreaming about a goal or even manifesting it while I’m busy with another task, I know it’s something I should be pursuing. I believe that dreams and goals should consume your mind. That’s what keeps me going. That’s how I know how bad I want it. It all starts with a thought. Read more>>

Jaheim Huggins | Influencer and College student

Nothing in life comes easy. How you know to not give up or if something is worth it is when you find yourself keep going back and trying to be better at it even when you keep failing or it’s not going as plan, when it brings you happiness and you get a rush of excitement every time you think/do anything associated with it. I don’t believe in giving up but how I know when something is not for me is when it doesn’t bring me any happiness and I’m not excited about it or it doesn’t contribute to my life in no kind of way. Read more>>

Jack Sharp | Actor & Lighting Designer

For me, acting and lighting design has been something that I continue to enjoy pursuing even after starting this journey almost ten years ago. It pushes me to be better not just as an artist, but as a person when I am designing or acting, so whenever I feel like it is getting too hard and it feels like I should stop and get a typical 9-to-5 job, I take a minute to realize that I am going after what I really want, something I am good at, and it is something that I enjoy deeply. I cannot imagine myself doing anything else, so I keep telling myself that. Read more>>

Tracy Moss | Personal Chef

I have thought about quitting quite a few times lol. I would say I went to school for Criminal Justice so that’s what I’m going to do. However, every single time I would try someone would always reach out to me. They would ask for meals. I keep going because now, honestly I can’t see myself doing anything else. I get paid to do something that doesn’t even feel like work. Your gift will make room for you. Read more>>