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.

Venture Rose | Singer/Song Writer

When it comes to art, in my case, music…you don’t just “give up”. Its part of you, it will always be no matter how heavily you push yourself or how much you choose to slow down. I always feel bad for those that publicly announce that they are “quitting” their dream. How can you quit something that brings you joy? Read more>>

Ryan and Tyler | Co-Founder at Straw Hut Media

Giving up was never really an option. We didn’t want to go back to desk jobs. We put ourselves in a situation that we, basically, couldn’t get out of. We had SO many different celebrities and brands relying on us each month that the only option was forward. Read more>>

Monét A Walker | Chef & Baker, Boss, BAE, CEO

Some are born with the gift of having things easy (life, career, children, love) and there are others who must go the extra mile to make things work. I have been on both sides of the grass. I understand what it is like to have dreams so big, the moon and stars would be jealous, and to feel like I want to have it all. Then, to feel when things are not going so well, to simply give up. Read more>>

Debbie Liu | Owner/Designer

I always have a hard time letting things go. I approach this from several angles: From a business perspective, I take a long-term view on things: can I vision myself still walking and enjoying this path in 5 years? If I can, then hang tight and keep at it. This is why I never intended to tap into the retail market but only focus on weddings and events. I can’t see myself enjoying or handling retail business well. Read more>>

Linda Keo | Custom cookie artist

At the very beginning of my Keookies Journey, before I even considered it to be a small business this was actually what I questioned everyday. If Keookies was worth pursuing and whether or not if I should keep going. It didn’t help that I am the most indecisive person ever. I spent my days looking at my work and comparing it to other ‘cookiers’ and became intimidated. I stopped comparing my journey to others and then started valuing Keookies. Read more>>

Mike Jones | Actor | Writer | Filmmaker

This is a question I ask myself almost every day. I’ve been acting full time for 3 years now and my success is inconsistent to say the least. I’ve spent the past 7 years pursuing an acting career and the past 8 years away from my hometown and my family. I’ve invested so much of life in my craft, that the thought of giving up sounds as terrifying as giving up on life. I’ve found what I love to do in life and I am constantly reminding myself that it’s so rare to find this type of love. It took my 20 years to find something I was passionate about and I’m beyond grateful for that. Read more>>

Aly Gonzales | Actor

Oof. The question we ask ourselves all the time. You know, I think as creatives we often find ourselves in this place. There isn’t a right answer to this. In my opinion simply put: if you feel it in your heart – don’t give up. Even when you are in a place of doubt or a rut on the other side of that pressure you are bound to have that flame reignited in your soul. Read more>>

Doctor Yizzle | Artist

What is real will prosper. We are all humans therefore in anything we do, we will feel the urge of wanting to give up. Those are the days that will test your devotion to whatever it is you are striving for and those are the days that you should try harder than you would on a “good” day. This will build repetition to your days and allow you to be able to keep going no matter what happens. If you can work on days where you are just not “feeling” it, then nothing should be able to stop you. Read more>>

David Yoon | Musician & Pastor

I have heard one consistent thing when people have started any endeavor and it sounded counterproductive at first. It was the question of “What value can you add to another person’s life?” I’ve realized this is at the root of any transaction, that the goal is a transaction of values. Whether it be a product for money or conversation of wisdom and gratitude, it’s all an exchange of values. Read more>>

Harry Thynne | Musician

I feel like I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve given up? I have kept going and given up and then kept going again and given up again. I guess it’s a broad concept? Most of my pursuits in life falter at points and the question of purpose and persistence rears its head. I’ve done my best to not completely lose my mind (mostly) but I think it is important to process these moments in whatever way works for you. Ideally questioning things only leads to deeper understanding. Ideally. Read more>>

Misty Boyce | Musician/Songwriter/Singer

As an independent artist, I find myself running into this question a lot, because there are so many hurdles in the music business that feel insurmountable. I find myself forgetting why I love music, and why I set out to pursue it in the first place. When I get strapped enough to have to ask myself why I’m doing it at all, I inevitably come to my north star, which is the love of creation, and then the annoying parts about the industry and business get hazy and become background noise. In short: if you’re more interested in the outcome than in the process, give up immediately. Read more>>

Walter Mirkss | Cinematographer / Director

I would say that one should never give up but readjust, if necessary. For me, personally, giving up would mean completely abandoning something that I’m passionate about and going in a completely different direction, just because I did not achieve what I wanted to achieve. It seems a little bit extreme. Instead, I would say there are plenty of ways to readjust and stay within the field that makes you happy. Read more>>