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.

Fernanda Ruiz | Digital Designer

You don’t. It’s a matter of whether you want to keep going to see your plan succeed or fail, in which any case it will be a learning experience and it will only take you further ahead in life, never back. Failures are lessons, and there’s a lot of value in them. If you want to give up that’s also OK as long as it gives you peace of mind in the end. Read more>>

Jessica Gallaher | Storyboard Artist

I think the way to tell when to give up is to assess whether or not you’re sacrificing your mental or physical health. For example, in my senior year of college, I had to make a lot of priority adjustments so I could focus on my main objective, which was to finish my senior film. Some classes fell by the wayside in that pursuit, which ultimately ended up being okay. Read more>>

Sabina McKenna | Writer, Curator, Model and founder of the Where are you from? Project

This is something I have been thinking about a lot lately. It is hard to know whether or not your ideas are valuable until you put them out into the world, which is something that keeps me going. But at the same time – since creating your own job or side hustle is not following a pre-outlined path – it can be very hard to create that structure for yourself and to do so in a way that is going to create longevity and sustainability for whatever it is you want to achieve. Read more>>