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.

Sean Stone | Filmmaker, Author & Media Host

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wanted to give up. How many nights I went to bed in tears, feeling that all my hard work and effort was going unseen. How many days I felt like a failure, rejected and misunderstood. And then, one day, while hiking with my girlfriend in Hawaii, I suddenly realized, all that I thought was my purpose , was wrong. And it sucked the wind right out of me. I was thrown into a void, wondering what I’m doing on earth, and why had I been walking the wrong path… But the message wasn’t negating my work, or my effort. Read more>>

Marissa Martin | Photographer

Well, I have never been a person to give up on anything. I think giving up is the easy/lazy way out of any situation. Anything that I have started, has been finished, whether it took me a short or long amount of time to do it. I think it’s important to keep pushing through on something that you believe or love to do. Nothing that we love comes easy in life, we have to work for it and I believe that makes each of us stronger as individuals. Read more>>

Brooke Luciano | Light Aficionado and Photobiomodulation Therapist

In the most simple terms, trust your gut! I have learned over the years from my mistakes in not trusting my gut feeling or intuition. That voice in my head that steers me in a certain direction (right or wrong) and then I second guess myself. The more I calm the noise and surrender to my own intuition and knowledge, the more I am able to trust and have confidence in my decisions. When I bought my first LightMD Photobiomodulation device, I didn’t know the gravity of the effect it would have on my life, both personally and professionally. Read more>>

Jane Donaue | BeeKissed Caramels

The isolation and limited opportunities are overwhelming during this quarantine, and we can’t help but think about what to do next to keep our business going. To know the hard work it takes to build your business from scratch and to brace yourself for this rough time, even if that means placing your business on hold if necessary . Hard times will pass but the love you have will remain. This is a defining moment for small businesses. The world is recognizing the need to support each other in a selfless way. Read more>>

Mark Steven Greenfield | Artist

I am an artist, and the idea of giving up has never been a consideration for me. I’ve never looked at my vocation as a matter of choice, but rather one of pleasant compulsion. Modern existence is beset with challenges, and to the degree to which my work can provide alternate views, perspectives, critiques and offer informed understanding of our human condition, is how I choose to my measure of success. It is the artist’s passion for what they do that allows them to be something of a conduit between the universe and the world. Read more>>

Clay Ostrom | Founder & Brand Strategist

As an entrepreneur, this is one of the hardest and most important questions you’ll face. And the answer can probably be found within a mix of passion and traction. Passion is what drives you day in and day out. It’s what pushes you to take a few more steps up the mountain even when the peak still seems really far off. Traction is the signal that your work is paying off. It means your efforts have value and that you’re solving legitimate problems for people. To know whether to keep going or give up, you need both. Read more>>

Alisa Barsegyan

I often get asked “how do you know when a piece you are working on is finished?” A difficult question, and one that I do not have a real answer for. I know that it is done, because I feel that there is nothing more I can or want to do to the piece. I look at that work and I am happy with my decisions for it, and proud to share it with others. Not much is different if I am to answer how I know whether to keep going or to give up, as it relates to both life in general and a work of art in particular. Read more>>

Christine Rasmussen | Artist

As an artist running my own business, I’m challenged with this a lot, and it’s never easy. Looking back on past situations, I realize that I’ve asked myself lots of questions and then made the decision to keep going or give up based on my answers. For example, I check my gut about why I’m doing this thing – is it to prove something, to fit into some kind of societal expectation, or because I’m actually passionate and excited about it? If I give up, what would that free me up to do instead? Would that other thing be more, or less, fulfilling than to keep going? If the decision is to keep going, it takes work to cultivate the courage and stamina to push through challenges to make it out the other end. Read more>>

Jana Johnson | Yoga Teacher

You can only move forward. So you’ve got to be honest with yourself about the big picture of what moving forward in a certain endeavor truly looks like for you. How does it feel when you think of moving forward? How does it feel when you think of choosing a different option? It may not be that you have to totally give up on something, it may simply be a tweaking of your approach. Read more>>

Samantha Morris | Artist

Over the years, I have really learned to listen to… myself. Only I know what I want and if I’m not sure what I want, only I can figure that out. Right now, while keeping busy sheltered at home, being a single parent of three kids during a time of distance learning, and re-evaluating career goals, it is especially important to pay attention to how I am feeling. But adaptation is key whether you are amid a rapidly changing society during a pandemic or living a “normal life”. Setting goals to accomplish tasks is essential for getting things done whether the job is great or small. Read more>>

Lisa McCormick | Lead Vocalist

Throughout my professional music career as a singer/songwriter and now as a tribute artist, there have always been struggles and challenges. While I would never give up on music, it is my passion and life’s love, sometimes you have to end a particular project in order to keep moving forward. When times are at their worst, I ask myself “Am I enjoying what I am doing and have I done everything I could to make this project successful?” I try to step outside myself and look at the situation objectively. Are there changes I could make? Resources that can help me? Read more>>

Ericka Kreutz | Photographer & Actress

So. I have given up. Maybe 176 times by now. Or, at least I have exclaimed it, pronounced it, said it as fact to my family before going to bed. And then I wake up, have my first cup of coffee, and move forward in my artistic life, because it’s in my sinews. My logical brain says “the numbers are not adding up, the stress of freelancing will kill you, you won’t be able to handle another rejection” but my blood runs creative and it takes one audition or one click of my camera and I feel complete, I feel alive, I feel free. During these times I wonder what my business will look like afterwards. Read more>>