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.

Devin Burgess | Rapper | Producer | Engineer | DJ | Musician

I like this question. Primarily because the answer is subjective. It’s a case by case basis because the answer is inside you. It’s a testament to your will and your drive. I know for me personally I struggle with this question every day. Not because I want to give up, it’s just that constantly getting beat down in some regards can become overwhelming and very taxing mentally over time. I think purpose resides somewhere in this answer as well. If what you’re doing isn’t aligned with whatever you feel like your purpose is, it’s probably gonna be more difficult to navigate an answer. Read more>>

Janelle Orange-Williams | Real Estate Broker

Sometimes it can be hard to tell if I’m supposed to give up and let go, or if I’m being tested to see how long I can maintain. And this is OK. I realize that sometimes I have to fight through bad days to get to the best days and that giving up is never an option. I strive each day to live life with a full cup, by filling it with the best of what’s around me. With family, especially my 2 young daughters, who are the biggest contributors to this and the WHYs behind all that I do. Read more>>

Temeka Stanley | Growth Mindset Leader

You know I believe it is not about giving up or to keep going, it is about the choice you make right now and the ripple effect it has. If I focus on whether or not to keep going, I feel like I am trying to control the outcomes; yet, remaining present and surrender to the process. In the each moment, we have a decision to make – a decision that keeps us in peace, in balance and in the flow of life. Or a decision that has us anxious, forcing, and escaping our way out of life. I say focus on the choice you make right now and don’t worry what the outcomes of it is. Read more>>

Sarah Jacobson | Interior Designer

The biggest factor for me when deciding if it’s time to give up or keep going, has always been this: “How badly do I really want this?” I have had many career ideas and personal goals for success in my life. I remember when I was in jr. high and I joined a dance team. I wasn’t as coordinated as the other girls, and I had a terrible time remembering the choreography, but I really loved the art of dance. One day, when I was ready to quit the team (weeks before the recital), my mom gave me this wise advice, “You can quit and let your team down, or you can invest in extra practice and get ready for the show. If you still feel like you don’t want to do it after that you can quit, but at least you really gave it your all and tried your best.” Read more>>