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?

Lyndosha Jamison | Attorney and Creator of the Personal Development Brand Matchless

As I mature, I’ve realized that while I never give up on my goals or myself, I do pivot. You should never plant yourself in a place where there is little to no provision. When I see that a relationship or a business venture lacks the resources that I may desire or need to sustain my life, I pivot. Read more>>

NaPortia Mitchell & Chryston Fadeyi | Physical and Occupational Therapists & Mothers

One very important aspect of knowing the difference between giving up and continuing on is knowing what your purpose in life is. If you are working in and towards your purpose, keep going. It may be uncomfortable, but it will be worth it. Read more>>

Termar Lawton | Lifestyle Coach & Personal Trainer

Giving up is not an option! If I see a plan is going wrong, I adapt and stop the bleeding as fast as possible. One similar mindset that I have noticed across some of the most successful people in the world. Is they do not have a plan B when they go into business or attack any goal for that matter. They instead make adaptations to their plan as they go. That keep them on track with serving their life purpose at the highest level. So now when I make plans I do not make a plan B, but plan A1, A2, A3, etc. Read more>>


Awesome Rise | Art•trepreneur of AweMostPerfectPhotography

Totally depends on what you personally think giving up means. It’s ok to pause regroup refocus rebrand revamp. And it’s ok to completely stop! You’ll know! You knew when it was time to start! Even if you started a little later than what you thought you should have, even if the start was slow and uncertain! You knew. And you’ll know if it’s slow down, take a break, or stop! Always remember your why! If you still have a why, if you still have a purpose, if you still have the passion, I would recommend not to give up. Things happen; such as life! Read more>>

Kyzmen Wood | Creative Director | Artist

To give up or not solely depends on you evaluating you, your predicament, and your surroundings. If I was unsure whether it was something I liked doing or even cared about, it would be ok to let go. But, after I officially received the trademark for my brand in 2019, I knew I had to make something happen. By then it was too much money and time invested for me to just let the brand fall to the wayside. Read more>>

Jason Toole | Artist

This is always the annoying, self-doubting question in the back of all of our minds when we try to create what we are most passionate about. The end result never comes quickly and often times, even building traction towards our goals, seems stagnate. There are two things I always consider when these thoughts try to get me down; the first being the “why”: If I find myself pursuing something only for the possible rewards that follow, I realize that neither the journey nor the outcome will be very satisfying. It will prove itself to have been an artificial passion, a materialistic desire. Success in such endeavors can often feel worse than failure. The key is to find the thing that calls to you from within, something you would enjoy thanklessly, something that makes you feel complete and validated, regardless of public approval or disgust. Read more>>