How do you know when you should keep going versus when it makes sense to cut your losses and try something new? It’s a difficult decision most entrepreneurs and creatives have faced along their journey and so we asked some brilliant folks from the community to share their thoughts.

Chase Tarca | Painter, Producer & Video Editor

I often write the phrase, “Don’t Give Up,” to help remind me of that important reminder. But sometimes, it is wise to give up, but hard to know when. There’s this image that always stuck with me of a person mining the earth; they are so close to the gold but decide to turn away after a long journey of work. I think that visual reminds us all that the goal could be right around the corner. Read more>>

Indiana Bradley | Musician

You better know this before you even start. Never give up. If you don’t believe that, don’t start. Read more>>

Chloe Meynier | Fine Art Photographer

Making a living as a fine art photographer is very difficult so this question sometimes pops in my mind. The struggle can be real at times but I found that dedication, patience and perseverance are the key elements that keep me going. I used to doubt my ability to succeed in photography but I have achieved some major stepping stones over the past two years that partially pushed away this doubt. Read more>>

Elijah Jamal | Creative – Artist, Singer, Songwriter, Composer, Musician, Producer, Actor, Model

For me, identifying my “Why” has helped me in times of extreme difficulty in fighting to keep going. When I knew in part what my purpose was, every decision, every move I made was with that goal in mind. I never made time for a plan B. It was either Plan A happens or I’m going to die trying. That may seem extreme but that’s how serious and determine I was and I don’t regret it. Sure, I have developed skills along the way that could be used to do something different and maybe appear less difficult but would it be worth it? There have been times where I have asked myself the hard questions and thought…what if this isn’t for me? Read more>>

Tiana Jackson | Photographer & Student

When it comes to creating, it can be really easy to go back and forth between whether what you’re doing is worth pursuing or not. As much as I wish it wasn’t true, I doubt myself and my craft quite often. I wonder, Is this really what I should be doing?What makes me so different from others pursuing photography?Who’s going to care about this?Will this ever sustain me in life? The truth is doubt only shows me that what I’m pushing for is worth it. Read more>>

Tanisha Middleton | Ceo of Framed By Tee Tee & Optician

This honestly is the prime question us entrepreneurs ask ourselves daily. To be frankly honest, the answer to the question is personal. I would correlate your relationship with your brand like any other solid relationship in your life. A partnership, a true commitment , an investment of time, money, energy, patience, research, studying, training and never ending learning. Oh and lots of money (did I mention money lol). Read more>>

Demetrius Jenkins | Army vet, personal trainer and content creator.

This is actually a really tough question. I had this huge dream of running track professionally since I was very young. I joined the military out of high school so that i could find my college career. After getting into college and walking on the track team I had done everything in my power to be great. I overcame an injury and transferred schools and gave this track thing another shot. I ended up getting injured again and at that point i knew it was time to hang up the track shoes. Read more>>

Eliza Petrosyan | Musician

I don’t like the phrase “giving up”. I think as long as you love what you do, you should continue doing it to whatever capacity you can and want to. Whether your passion turns into a full time gig or a weekend hobby, there’s no right way to keep going. It all depends on an individual’s idea of “success” and what they want out of their passion. It’s also okay to stop or change your mind about your pursuits. Read more>>