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.

Carrie Mikuls | Yoga Instructor, Energy Healer & Writer

One thing we can all rely on is the unpredictability of life. We can make all the plans, have everything perfectly in place and it still may not go our way. For me, the state of my physical, mental or emotional health is key. Is my health being negatively impacted by this business or my lifestyle? Are there red flags that I am ignoring? But often, in all the discomfort I am exactly where I need to be learning the lessons of resiliency and perseverance along the way. Just because things might not be going my way does not mean things are not going in the “right” direction. Read more>>

LaQuan Pegues | Author & Model

Life is hard. With the times that we’re living in it, sometimes it feels like every decision we make is so final. What I have learned over the years is that life is not going to stop or pause when we want it to. Whatever decision we make at this moment is connected to our next, so if you stop now, you’ll never get to experience what’s to come. Every goal I have achieved did not come as I planned it. So now when I think things are not going as I planned I know that my goals and dreams are still coming so I must keep going. I also constantly remind myself that “EVERYTHING I WANT, WANTS ME”. Read more>>

Sofia Uraizee | Author & Dentist

I know it sounds cliché but never give up. If you really, truly want something, I am a firm believer in staying persistent. It took me twenty years to successfully accomplish my goal of publishing my book. Had I gotten discouraged or decided it was “not worth it” or it was “too late”, I would not be where I am today. Read more>>

Jaydah Jacobs | Author of “Seasonal Flaws” & “Embrace Your Flaws” Workshop Leader

When something is worth the fight, I feel it in my soul. I can try to let go and put my dreams on the back burner because things aren’t working out, but then there’s always this lingering emptiness inside or even agitation. It’s an inner knowing I can’t run from that tells me I need to keep going because I’m meant for more in this life even when it’s hard to believe. Read more>>

Rowan Dowdall | Artist and Musician

To me, that is completely defined by how I feel the process is going, and how much I’m actually enjoying that process. For example, if I’m working on a song and it’s just tedious little things that need to be fixed and I’m not even that excited about how it’s coming along, I’ll probably scrap it or tuck it away. On the other hand, if it’s the same really tedious stuff but I’m having fun with the song and liking the way it’s starting to come together, then that’s essentially where I know to keep going with it. Read more>>

Tia Hargrove | Co-Founder of Trip Sales Inc. and a moonlighting DJ

This question is truly one of life’s many conundrums. I start by asking myself how much is this truly costing me. A lot of times it has nothing to do with financial matters. I begin to weigh the cost of the pros versus cons. I constantly lead with my heart, so keeping a list of pros versus cons helps. I ask myself a series of questions. Am I losing sleep over this? Am I gaining weight because I’m stress eating? Are my close relationships suffering because of my poor attitude? I look at these yes or no answers and begin to weigh the cost. If what I’ll gain by continuing is greater than giving up I’m not stopping. The journey is something I’m willing to take. Regret is not an option. Read more>>