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.

Lee Quarrie | Actor & Filmmaker

This is such a terrific question. You can answer it with your heart or you can answer it with your head. For many people the heart says one thing but the head dictates otherwise. The head says, “Be safe! Make choices that will protect you from fiasco and ruin!” The heart says, “Enjoy life! Have fun! Throw caution to the wind!” I am actually a very practical person on a lot of levels, but my heart has always guided me to a life of creativity. Read more>>

Bruce Rubenstein | Artist

Giving up is never an option. All artist’s go through cycles. There are tougher days than others for sure. Sometimes a painting will burst out of me in a pure stream of consciousness approach. And those are usually the best pieces. I also have days when I get stuck, when I overthink a particular composition. Read more>>

Paris Mendes | Business Owner

In all honesty, the line is very thin and some days I feel great and have nothing but confidence and other days I think “what the f*** am I doing?”. When I first started Adenah, I had just left my job that I had right out of college and I could barely bring myself to say that I owned a business without feeling silly; I knew I wanted to have my own business but it was in that awkward teenager phase where you feel like everything is absurd and embarrassing. Read more>>

Mecca Walker | CEO and Creator of Everyday Vibe LA

I honestly wanted to give up because of comparison and imposter syndrome since the last interview. Life has been happening and moving rapidly and so my business presence took a hit on social media and trying to promote myself and keep up with re-stock and my own goals and demands. Read more>>

Julia Culbert | Actress

Firstly, and most importantly, the choice to keep going or to give up is, and always will be, entirely up to you. If you give up, you will never fulfill your dreams. No one else is going to do the work for you. If you choose to keep going, then every day you give yourself another chance to make your dreams come true. Read more>>

Taylor and Savannah Hinds and Sivert | Co-Directors/Co-Writers/Co-Creatives/Co-Dependent

As filmmakers, we have asked ourselves this question many times. The answer is always, “what else would we do?”– This may feel like a cop out, but let’s elaborate. What else would we do when we are already doing what we love? When we already do what we are always thinking about, obsessively thinking about… It is borderline unhealthy, but it is ours. Read more>>

DINER | Recording Artist

The music industry is one of the toughest in the world and I have been through the wringer. It’s so hard to know if you’re wasting your life on a pipe dream or if you’re doing the right thing. I put my entire life into music and its the only thing I’ve ever seriously pursued since I was 9. Read more>>