Never give up. It’s advice that is thrown around daily – but is it always right? We asked some folks we admire about their thoughts around how to know when to give up and when to keep trying

Talisha Elger | Screenwriter & Director

I honestly believe that if you keep going you will get to where you need to go. It may take months or it may take years, even decades. The most important thing is if you enjoy the process. For me, it’s always been a struggle, but I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. I look back at how far I’ve come and realise that I have actually made progress and I’m on the right path. To some degree, I do believe in signs from the universe. Read more>>

Amanda Rush | Hairstylist

Everything that is meant for you will give you as much energy back as it takes. Everything that is meant for you will feel like a deep exhale, a return home. Sometimes the quest is about how to keep pushing through the discomfort and finally reaching the other side and sometimes it’s about knowing when to let go. Letting go is hard and it’s not the same thing as giving up. Sometimes letting go is the most courageous act. It’s knowing that something better, something more aligned is trying to enter your life and all that you need to do is open your hands. Read more>>

Nori Shi | Digital Artist, Illustrator

When I was still in art school, one of my teachers said something like, “When you want to redo an old piece, then there must be more than two years from when you first finished it for your changes to be valid.” I also use this as a benchmark when deciding whether or not to end, aka “give up” on a piece – do the art effects that I want now take a certain amount of time of study and practice before I can express them? I called this the “two years from now I’ll work it out” point, and this is the core point for me to check whether to keep going or to give up. Read more>>

Jessica Valenzuela | Wedding Planner & Designer

Being a business owner is not easy. There’s a reason why majority of the world works in corporate and relies on their benefits and a steady income. I would be lying if I didn’t admit that I have thought about going back to corporate a few times when things have gotten hard. What keeps me motivates to keep going is my “why” and knowing I wouldn’t have come this far if I did stay at my other job. Yes, it’s hard right now, but businesses take time. I believe 100% in a few years I will see exponential amount of growth. Plus, my clients are so sweet and I do genuinely love what I do. Read more>>

Pamela Bautista | Photographer

For me, when I can’t stop thinking about what I want to do, I’ll keep going even if I don’t have everything figured out. Right now I feel like I’m no where near where I want be in my photography career. There is still a lot that I want to do and learn. In all honesty, there have been so many times where I wanted to give up photography. It’s very likely I’ll have this battle with myself again, but that’s just me being impatient. It’s like I have goal and dreams ‘fomo’ where I’m afraid I’m gonna miss out on some amazing opporunities then live just in regret. So I rather just try and keep going without straining too hard on my expectations. Like that one saying about how success is the journey— I’m basically trying to live by that. But you know how I said that I’m impatient? Read more>>