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.

Argelia Curiel | Actress, Writer and Director

I would say “follow your heart” whenever you hesitate if you should follow certain path instead of another, just take your time ,take a deep breath and reconnect with yourself, you will for sure get the right answer, do not force anything, you need to flow with whatever insight is being given to you by your intuition it could be a feeling a thought and image, and then you will know what is best for you and your life path. Read more>>

Julie Bedard | Maker & Creator

This question comes up often for me, and I think this is one of the hardest parts of being a small business owner. I came from a very comfortable background in corporate retail, with a steady salary. Everything was very predictable and stable in terms of my job security and income, until it wasn’t. Being a new, solo, small business that started during the pandemic, there is nothing consistent besides the fear of failure, and the looming dread of rent due on the first of the month. However, there are two main things that keep me going. 1. My friends, family, customers and community. From the beginning, I have received so many encouraging messages, and a constant rally from those closest to me. People will reach out to tell me how proud they are of me, and how they love what I’ve created, and how happy they are for me that I’ve turned lemons into lemonade. Knowing that I am inspiring others, and bringing others joy, not just through the products that I’ve created, but by the way that I’ve sort of risen above the ashes of a very difficult time, is what keeps me going. Read more>>

Rae Rae Jensen | Singer/Songwriter/Recording Artist

Giving up for me has never been an option. I was born and raised in Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley, and come from a strong musical background. I have worked so hard and sacrificed so much as a singer and songwriter and Ive gotten to share the stage with so many amazing musicians and artists. Had I given up, those opportunities would’ve never happened. As hard as life can get, I could never imagine giving up on my dreams. It’s been my message since the beginning. So, at this point, not even a pandemic will stop me. These hard times can only make us stronger. This has been the fuel for my music and writing all along. Everyone knows, that great music has always come out of the darkest of times. Despite the crippling domino of this pandemic I will keep encouraging all of my fellow artists and musicians out here, that LA will always bounce back – we’re the Mecca for entertainment; and I encourage all artists, aspiring and working – those that’ve moved here and that’re down on their luck or just not able to figure things out in “Lonely LA”. Read more>>

Cindy Espinoza | Makeup Artist

I personally have dealt with this dilemma all of my career. There has been many moments I felt like giving up completely it can seem like the easier thing to do, especially with the year we just had. When covid began my stomach dropped I knew the effects it would have on my business. But what really helped me is realizing I am not alone and so many of us have been hit. I know how challenging and stressful it can be when it seems like it’s just not working out but I remind myself why I began. That is where hope comes to play, hope means to not give up! Yes there has been many bad days but those too shall pass. If you don’t give up on hope and realize you can reach out for help I believe you’ll eventually find the right people, tools, and resources you’ll need to progress. Never stop believing in yourself, to have breath is to have a chance life is too short to give up. Read more>>

Maegan Iamjan | Artist & Independent Designer

I think the best way to put it is – if you don’t believe that it is important to you, then ask yourself, why are you doing it? To keep going for me is that I am learning what not to do, and what works best for me. I don’t believe anyone should give up, I think it is a personal decision if you allow yourself to seek growth and change.  I think most people who see failure at the beginning of their work, seem to give up. They think they’re doing it wrong so they tend to walk away. I do understand that feeling and I had thoughts on that too, but over time I have learned that failure to me is not a bad thing. It means to me that I had an expectation but I didn’t reach it. Failure gives you the gumption to get back up and to work progressively, and the work is never really done. By committing yourself to the idea that the work is always looking for improvement and have the willingness to hear feedback from others, will generate good ideas for you on how to improve it. Read more>>

Rachel and Jenny Segura | Entrepreneurs

In the beginning we went through some rough times when we were learning about the vintage community. We could have thrown in the towel and given up but the dream of having our own small business was much bigger then the obstacles we were facing. We leaned on each other and figured out our individual roles that would make this business grow. We’re two sisters building on a dream Rachel is the face of the business and is the one who takes care of the vintage sourcing and curating pieces. Jenny handles designing promotional content and handling other business behind the scenes. We try not to focus too much on what everyone else is doing we just want to be unique and different in the vintage community. We reflect on how far we have come in 3yrs and we know we can’t give up because there is still so much more we want to do.We have so many new ideas for the business this year that we are really excited to get to work on and looking to build our team with the new business ventures ahead. Read more>>

Lauren Fejarang | Artist

I know to keep going on a project if I’m still learning and finding new things with it. As far as my career, I keep going because I know when I’m not being an artist/not making work, I get unhappy and stressed. The things that give you joy, curiosity and push you are ultimately the things that keep you going. If a an artwork I’m working on just doesn’t feel right, or I know I’ve exhausted all attempts at making something work, I know then to give up on the piece. Read more>>

Arielle Pytka | Artist

Giving up has never been an option for me. Art is my passion, I could never see myself dedicating my life to anything else. Read more>>

Peter Ivanov | Actor

You don’t have a choice. Just keep going. Giving up is NEVER the right answer! Cutting losses, on the other hand, is something else entirely(so be able to distinguish between the two.) If you have a drive, a desire, a goal that you strive for, that makes you feel alive, that gives you purpose, that you think about constantly, that you want more than anything, and you’ve officially decided for yourself that this is the way things should be, then nothing can stop you. You have no choice but to keep going until you reach whatever that is, because no matter how long it takes, or what comes your way, you know deep down inside that you can’t live your life any other way, and if you do give up, you no longer feel alive. So pull yourself out of your cyclical mental mania of self-questioning and have the courage to keep going. Once you’ve succeeded, everything you’ve gone through up until that moment will make sense, and you can revel in the relief of achievement, but by that point you’re already on to the next thing. Never give up. Read more>>

Van Bui | Freelance Photographer, Writer, and Activist

More often than not, it feels easy to want to give up. And that’s an understandable and valid feeling. But remember that there aren’t just the two options of giving up and to keep going. There’s also another option to pause, take a moment to reevaluate your progress, and breathe for a moment. I think that’s something that a lot of people, including myself, don’t realize. Taking a pause is not quitting or giving up, not that there’s anything wrong with that. But if you’re working towards something you really want to see come to fruitition, pausing is more than OK. Who knows, maybe when you look back on all those times you wanted to quit, you will be grateful that you paused instead of quitting, and will be grateful for those decisions. Read more>>

Caley Joyner | Embodiment Business Coach, Yoga Instructor & Cosmic Nidra Guide

In human design, I am a manifesting generator…which means that I don’t like to go out in search of things…I like to magnetize them to myself. I wait for the right people and things to come into my sphere, and then I pounce on the opportunities! But when things don’t come my way with grace, ease, joy, and flow…when I get stuck in thinking about the “how” instead of the “what,” (the desired outcome) that’s when I know it’s time to either shift my perspective in a BIG way OR move on. I don’t think of this as giving up. To me, its means I am releasing something that is not meant to be mine in the first place. I am conserving my energy for something else amazing and better than I can even imagine that will come my way. Read more>>

Zed & Ace – Favorit | Musician/Band

I think in each part of our lives there is different circumstances that can factor into a decision on what is best for us in that moment. Being in this band is exactly the same. We find the best way we handle the decision on “keep going or giving up” is almost like going through your old clothes in a closet. Does a project “really bring us joy” or Inspiration and moving on from there. It feels like a lot of self analyzing and making pro and cons list. But remembering to give your main passion everything you’ve got because that’s where your heart is. Read more>>

Tovi Schenk | Songwriter & Producer

In both my personal projects, and projects I do for other people, I’m stubborn when it comes to giving up, so I really try to eliminate it as an option. That being said, I think it’s important to give myself room to give up, as long as it’s not permanent. When I’m working on a project, I often feel like I’ve hit a point of no return. I used to feel that the only solution was to delete the whole thing and do it over, but I’ve found a more successful practice, which is this: notice when you’ve hit that chaotic point in your project (that point with too many elements, and specifically for me aa horrible production mix), walk away, sleep on it, and come back to it. What’s important to know is that the coming back point can be anywhere from half a day, to weeks later. As a musician/producer I’ve found that cleansing the palette of my ears, so to speak, greatly helps me in seeing the specifics of the flaws I had before. Working on something for hours on end has a way of wearing down your senses, numbing you from being able to differentiate between what’s working and what isn’t. Read more>>

Melissa Studdard | Poet and Writer

Once, when I was in an unhealthy partnership and trying to stick it out just for the sake of perseverance, a very wise friend told me, “Quitting this toxic mess is not failing. Allowing it to linger on is the failure.” And she was right. I found myself in a much healthier and happier relationship after that one ended.  People like to talk about how Thomas Edison tried thousands of times to invent the light bulb before he succeeded, and how that means we should never give up. But he also tried inventions that never came to fruition or that he wisely passed along to others to follow through with. It’s true that giving up on the light bulb would have prevented him from inventing it, but it’s also true that obsessing over less viable inventions would have prevented it too. I think how we phrase and conceptualize our questions in a decision-making process is important. If the question isn’t, “should I give up or not?’ but instead, “where do I want to put my energy?” things look different. It’s suddenly a lot clearer whether what you’re engaged with is giving something (to you, someone you want to help, or the common good) or draining your energy for no reason. Read more>>

DeVon Cosby | Creative

First, I would say we learn through our greatest mistakes. Whether that is in your relationships, career, or in my case business decisions. I separate career and business decisions because I have a career that is opposite of my business ventures. Recently, I have learned the difference. In my career, I work for someone else and with others in the same field. In my business ventures I work for myself, but in service to others. Reason being is if I were to work for someone else in my creative endeavors then it becomes something I have to do. My Creative is something that I need to do. This is what showed me to never give up. Never give up on what you struggled for, never give up on something that has caused pain in your life, and never give up because you can be inches away from Gold and you will only know if you keep going. Read more>>

Karen Isabella Set | Music Enthusiast, Photographer, and Inspiring Poet

I don’t think there is one answer to the question. There are countless reasons one can provide about giving up, but there is only one answer to keep going. The most important question one has to ask themselves instead is: “Will you be happy? Will it make you happy?” If what you are pursuing makes you happy, then you will always find a way to achieve your objective. Your passion for what you love will still exist and that determination is all you require to keep pushing forward. A person’s happiness for their endeavor is the most important ingredient. Often times I find myself questioning the choices that brought me to where I am, but then I remember in that precise moment, my choice was solely based on “I did it because it was what I wanted and in that moment I was happy.” Holding that in mind, even though the result was not what I was expecting, it still brought me peace instead of regret and endless wondering. Instead of giving up, there is always the option of readjusting plans and conducting a different approach. Read more>>

Niclas Gillis | Writer-Director

When people ask me for advice about how to become a filmmaker, I always ask: “Could you see yourself doing anything else?” If the answer is “Yes”, don’t even try it. But if the answer is “No”, you know that you will never give up, and that you will be happier to have died trying than never to have tried at all. Read more>>

Laura Rose DePinho | Actor & Writer

I have been a big dreamer and risk taker my whole life, so I always say keep going! I look up to artists in my industry who set deadlines by which to achieve their goals and as the deadline approached, they booked the role that propelled them into stardom. I had a similar experience (to a lesser extent, of course) where I had been auditioning and working in theatre in NYC tirelessly, and I had just about had enough; I moved out of the city and started attending community college classes for journalism and in my first semester, I booked my first SAG indie film alongside “Nip/Tuck”s Dylan Walsh. For me, that was just a sign from the universe that I had been on the right path the whole time, I just needed to trust the process and keep going. I think there’s also an important distinction between continuing in the same direction, despite running into a series of endless dead ends and continuing to pursue your dreams by way of trying different methods. Read more>>

Elias Ressegatti | Director

I’ve had chats with various folks in the creative industries (fine art, film, tv, music) about this: when do you consider it a failed path? Some said: “Success will come eventually if you just stick with it long enough. Most quit too early.” But that doesn’t apply for everyone, it assumes a base-level of talent and a few other ingredients. You read stories about the Mad Men creator waiting 9 years to get the show onto TV. Ang Lee sitting in his chamber at home with his wife providing a meager income for a decade before making his first film. The stories are great, but we always only hear from the winners. How many have tried for a decade and then had to concede for every Ang Lee out there? And how does that feel, having to confess to oneself that the dream is just that, a dream? Does one feel better after that? Or develop a drinking problem because of it? I’ve hit several dry patches during my career as a commercial director. Sometimes a year without a single bid/pitch. Whenever I got close to throw in the towel, the next milestone project came up, sometimes out of the blue, sometimes as a result of passion projects that went until then unnoticed. Read more>>

Meagan Ward | Athlete & Health Coach

Anytime I feel like giving up, I have to remember why I started in the first place. You know when its time to stop pursuing something when your reason behind doing hard things doesn’t hold much value to you anymore. To keep going especially when you get knocked down requires an extreme amount of discipline but for me the only option is to keep going. There is no time line, only the destination. Along the way, you must accept that there will be failures, but those failures are lessons and you must continue to be bold and act towards your biggest dreams. When you are faced with the option of giving up or to keep going, you are faced with the thoughts of what you think about yourself. I’ve learned time and time again that simply choosing to try creates the courage needed to continue to keep going. Even if you don’t arrive to your destination, you will be one “move” closer by not giving up. If you want to find fulfillment, you will need to adapt the skills in order to become that version of yourself. Read more>>

Jamie Janett | Artist and Designer

There’s been a few times when I’ve wanted to give up. A recent example is when covid hit back in March 2020 and businesses were ordered to shut down. All I wanted to do was work a “regular” job, so I wouldn’t have to ride the up and down waves of having my own business anymore. I wanted a steady income. So I went to work for Amazon in a warehouse lifting heavy boxes and equipment because it was the fastest opportunity to get back into the workforce. I was injured on the job after the first month, and then injured a second time, just a few weeks later. It was obvious that the universe was telling me that job was not for me. I got another job doing door to door sales, again because it was fast and easy. After a few months there, I found out I was pregnant, so I weighed out the good and bad. I decided going back to making art full time was my best option. These are the questions you should be asking yourself when it comes to deciding whether to give up on your art or business, or keep going… 1. What is the universe is telling you? 2. How are you feeling about the work you’re doing? 3. Are the experiences in your life unfolding how you want them to? 4. Read more>>

Lesley Kice Nishigawara | Artist

Giving up isn’t an option for me. Being an artist is an integral part of who I am. Through the years what being an artist has looked like for me has taken various forms; a practicing studio artist, independent textile designer, and an owner and designer of a clothing line. For me it has been important to be flexible, and adapt to changes in my life which is important to keep going. Read more>> 

Olivia Treece | Actor

As an actor, I knew the path to success wasn’t going to be quick and easy. From the beginning, I have been hustling with day jobs, submitting myself to every project available, shooting multiple audition tapes a day, and constantly taking acting classes. My days are always packed with things that are going to improve and polish my craft. I do all of this and there are still weeks and months where I am working tirelessly at my day job and coming up with zero bookings. It can be so discouraging at times but then I book something, whether it be a commercial, show, web series, film, or play, and my entire view shifts. There is nothing that can compare to the feeling of acting. I always joke and say that I am going to get a desk job and climb the corporate ladder instead, but there is no way that I could ever let go of this dream of acting for a living. Every time I get the opportunity to act, I am reminded that giving up isn’t an option. That I wouldn’t be happy doing anything else. If you can find that one thing that makes working a day job worth it, never give up on it. Read more>>

Analisa Jimenez | Designer

I believe every artist, designer or creative comes to this crossroad at least once. It’s the true mark of artists isn’t it? The “starving artist”. I have been there a few times! However, being a true Sagittarius- hardheaded and never a quitter, I continue finding new ways to diversify my income and projects. Especially since being thrown for a loop at the start of the pandemic, scrambling to stay afloat. Working with other brands in production and collaborating to make exclusive designs that remain behind the scene from Marloe, are just some of the ways I keep my creativity going and funding for my true love- Marloe. Being self funded since our inception in 2014, you get quite comfortable thinking creatively for income. I think the way to know for sure if it’s time to call it quits, is when this no longer brings me joy and inspiration has dried out. It’s a total cliche, but you have to love design to be in the design world, otherwise it’s just a job. Read more>>

Jamie & Kiraleigh | DJs & Music Producers

We’re going to go ahead and say the short answer here is DON’T GIVE UP! If it’s something that you are truly passionate about and that brings you joy, always keep going! But really, we’d be lying if we said that giving up hadn’t crossed our minds at one time. Many times, actually! When we first started DJing and making music, we went all in and worked hard, but we gave ourselves these unrealistic timelines and goals we thought would SURELY lead us down a road to success. So every time we hit an obstacle or experienced rejection, we would think that was the end because we weren’t “on schedule” or “making progress.” And looking back now, we realize we hardly even knew what we were doing at that time! Some of the biggest lessons we’ve learned are to have patience, enjoy the journey and accept that failure will only help us grow and improve. This last year was actually great for providing us with some perspective. In the past, we might have been bummed out that we weren’t playing better time slots or bigger stages and let those feelings put a negative cast on an experience that otherwise could have been a lot of fun. Read more>>

3sixo | Creator of Dope Rhymes, LA Representer, and Dope Human Being

As an artist, as an mc, as a rapper, as a lyricist, in one of the city’s in the United States that is known for its glitts and glamour, the Hollywood scene, its beaches that just brings out a boiling pot of vibrant energy, there is a lot of competition. It really makes a lot of people think twice if they should even take a music or just any creative endeavor. But at the same time to some people it becomes natural or second nature to jump in and try something new. Some people give up before they even try and as an indie music artist there is no doubt that the thought of maybe this was just a phase has come across my mind. But then I look at the broader scope of things, and the passion, and the love and excitement of the journey that I’ve undertaken and know that this is what makes me human. I take the losses and mistakes now and enjoy the lesson and enjoy the moments and never take for granted when I’m in the studio, rocking a stage, or supporting a fellow artist. My goal is to be able to reach great lenghts of people, and know how to direct the energy of my music to where I want to go and where I want to take it. Read more>>

Kimberly Haley | Certified Neuromuscular Therapist and Health Educator

There comes a time in everyone’s life , especially entrepreneurs when they will be faced with this decision . Should I keep going or should I give up ? My advice is simple, if there is at least one person that would be negatively affected by you throwing in the towel , then don’t. Being able to differentiate growing pains from a purposeless pursuit is beneficial when trying to decide whether to endure a challenging moment or call it quits. Something practical I do is envision the person or people I serve and recount all the ways that my existence , business and services have assisted them in their lives. Doing this exercise reminds me of my why , brings me back to center and helps me remember that what I do is bigger than me.  I have found that when our why is not solid or is steeped in selfish gain, giving up can be fairly easy to do. ur why isn’t solid or is steeped in selfish gain, giving up can be fairly easy to do. Read more>>

Jennifer Pearl | Musician

Scott Spaulding, friend, brother from another mother, and drummer in our band, VUM, introduced me to the popular aphorism ‘expectations are future resentments’ as I was railing against the pay-to-play system of promotions, transactions, negotiations and promises entrenched in the business of being a band. This ever so prescient set of letters was later reiterated by a PR agent moments after we handed over our scraped together, meager savings to him in exchange for blog writers to tell the world how much they loved us. Ironically, he was one of the few who delivered! Overall, however, our experience in the music industry, peppered with devoted music fans, dedicated DJs, sycophants, hard working musicians, narcissists, impressively talented people and human barnacles, ultimately lead us to decide that negotiating the bureaucratic web of scene administrators and label keyholders operating somewhere between legitimate enterprise and racketeering proved too expensive and too socially complicated for us to maintain. Read more>>

Kristen Drayton | Licensed Aesthetician

I’ve been in business for five years now, and there were many times that I considered giving up. Being an entrepreneur has its challenges, just like any other job, except you have no one to answer to but yourself. In life we face many changes, personally, financially, business-wise, health-wise, etc. With those changes, we have to learn to navigate through them instead of allowing them to overtake us. Most recently, my industry like many others has experienced tremendous impact as a result of the current pandemic. At the beginning, my initial thought was to possibly close my business permanently. Instead, I allowed my creativity to take the lead, which in turn has enabled me to reach an even broader audience. Currently, my business is 80% virtual, which has given me the opportunity to maintain contact with my established client base, and connect with new clients as far as Tokyo, Japan. I am grateful to be blessed with such an amazing support system, such as my mom, close friends, and mentor. Without them “Kristen Drayton Aesthetics” might not have been in existence today. Read more>>

Laura Padilla Halcón | Photographer

If 2020 or even 2021 has brought out feelings of wanting to give up, go ahead and cut yourself a break. You’re not alone and this is not a reflection of your talent, worth or capabilities. You will bloom again. Take care of yourself. When you discover your love for photography, or any artistic expression, that love becomes apart of who you are. It becomes another means of communication, another sense, it changes the way you see the world. That will always be there for you. There’s nothing to give up. The business of photography is what can end in burn out. If you’re considering giving up, spend time reflecting on the root of why. My brand will evolve with me and reflect changes as I change. As with life, there will be highs and lows. If I decided to take five years away, I would still be shooting for myself because I love photography and it’s second nature. I could pick my business back up and start again. You don’t forget how to shoot or run a business. We put so much pressure on ourselves and by doing so, often kill our own magic, our own possibilities and excitement for storytelling. Read more>>

Caitlin & Melinda Dahl | Musicians, Actor/Photographer (Melinda), Director (Caitlin)

I guess the answer to this question depends on what exactly it is that we are choosing to “keep going” for.  Is it simply fame, wealth, or the validation of others? (And if so – does our work become irrelevant if we never achieve those things?)  Over time, we have enjoyed varying degrees of success in acting, directing, composing, performing music, and placing songs in movies and television shows like “Dumb and Dumber To” and “Virgin River”.  But while some artists work their craft in the hopes of making money, the truth is that we have spent most of our lives making money to support our craft. For years we ran our own company, “Dahlhouse Productions”, providing commercial content for companies such as Bosley, Guess, Sexy Hair and many more. And after paying the rent, almost every dollar we earned went back into our craft, recording our own albums such as “Midnight Picnic”, writing and directing short films, and shooting videos for our band, The Dahls. And while of course we would welcome that fame, wealth and the validation of others, the fact is that our work in the music and the arts is our passion. Read more>>

Gwendoline Roger | Professional Dancer & Software Engineer

In general, that’s not an easy question. But for me, keep going is almost always the answer. My motto in life has always been to live your life without regrets. When i want something, i would do anything that is possible, I would push myself and work as much as i can to go where i want, achieve my goals and live my dreams. I did some things I never thought I could just by not giving up, even if it would take me some time. And I really want to show that if you really want something, accomplish something that seems impossible, then there’s always a way. But it might require patience and effort. I constantly try to do things the right way and I think it always ends up paying off. I would give up on people who don’t care or take advantage of me or others tho. Read more>>

Patrice Dworkin | Artist

The question of whether to keep going or give up seems really poignant in the midst of the pandemic, when there are so few outlets for creative work. But the fact is, I’ve always said I would keep creating art whether anyone saw it or not! No matter what’s happening, I’m always drawn back to the studio and into the process. Making the work is not always easy or straightforward, but it always grounds me and brings me joy. Read more>>

Frankie Ingrassia | Filmmaker

What a wonderful question. You don’t, that is the only true answer. I love it enough to keep going at all costs which can be quite challenging at times and I struggle with this every day. I love telling stories, so if I can’t direct, I write. I am constantly shifting and adjusting to where I can find space to create. This year has been particularly challenging. I decided to go back to school, looking for inspiration myself to stay in the game and stay curious. I will always be a creator and a storyteller, it may look different at times but as long as I can be creative, I can find my happiness. I would advise young creators to do the same, be flexible, be ready to adjust, and constantly be writing. Read more>>

Margaret Lazzari | Artist, Painter, Author, Professor Emerita Unversity of Southern California

There are internal and external reasons that influence my decision to keep on making some work and not other. I think this also applies to decisions about one’s whole career, whether to keep going or give up. Success is a strong external factor in a decision to press on with a project or a career. If I have an exhibition scheduled for a group of paintings, I will keep on making them. If I have a good feedback in a studio visit, I will continue making whatever kind of work was on the wall. If a collector wants some pieces, I am encouraged to make more in that vein. There have been times that I continued with a series longer than I should have, when I had success and positive feedback. In my mind, the final works in a series are often not the best. However, afterwards, I don’t regret that I made or showed them. I know that artistic practice consists of both 1) internal periods of private experimentation; and 2) externally, the public reception of the work. The public is always coming to my work from a different place that I am as I make the work. If the message continues to resonate with them, then it was worthwhile to do those paintings. Read more>>

Shawana Ward | Spiritual Practitioner & Mental Health/Lifestyle Blogger

Passion is the determining factor for when you should keep going or give up, and I don’t mean this in the obvious of ways. Most people don’t talk about how when you’re chasing your dreams, you will fall in and out of motivation, and in the moments where inspiration feels few, far, and in between-remembering your why and being able to re-conjure passion for your creations will help you know. I don’t believe you can blow the torch out on something that’s meant to be, so therefore if you can muster up an inclining of passion and purpose when you visualize where you want to go, it’s worth giving all you got and seeing it through. Giving up is a disservice to what you truly deserve, so if you have to walk away, let it be into the next open door of endless abundance and opportunity. If you can still SEE [visualize] it, see it through. Read more>>

Slevin Mors | Photographer, Artist and Co-Owner of Elysium Studio

Never give up. Change direction, look for alternatives or even move the goal posts. Success is never a straight line its a jumbled mess of ideas and failures. If you are set on achieving your goals but struggling to find success take a minute and re-evaluate where you are and where you want to be. There is no shame is taking a break, slowing down or changing course. Over the years my goals have changed shape or scope but I kept my focus on making those goals a reality. Sometimes that may mean accepting that it will take longer to reach your goal, or that when you get there it looks different than when you started. I think a lot of people have this image in their mind that you have to set a specific goal and reach it in the first shot. No one sees the messy truth that it takes the ability to adapt and accept that life has a tendency to change your plans for you. Read more>>

Shirley Lipner | Psychic/Medium, Spiritual Catalyst, Psychic Cheerleader, Energy Mover and Shaker

If you’re asking this about life in general, we must never give up! I’ve had days in my life where I felt so hopeless, I didn’t know how I could go on. Inevitably, when I was truly at the end of my rope, something wonderful would happen that would turn things around for me again, As an example, when I was in my early 20’s, I had a job I hated at the Board of Trade in Chicago, At the end of yet another depressing workday (because the job had nothing to do with my soul’s path) I took an elevator to the top floor and considered jumping off the roof. I was alone in the elevator, but I heard a voice say “go home and answer the phone (this was way before cell phones!) The “voice” was clear and loud enough that I listened. Sure enough, I got a call that night from one of my earth angels with a job offer in a field I was really interested in at that time in my history. I have several other life stories like this and I’m sure a lot of people reading this do as well. When we choose to follow the simple path before us, the boulders become stepping stones and everything turns out fine. Read more>>

Mychal-Bella Rayne Bowman | Actor/Model/Management

When I see that I inspire others & give inspiration that’s all i need to fuel my fire… making an impact & carbon footprint always rules! So giving up is not an option & inspiring others to tap into their greatest potential is the reason I share my visual story board. Read more>>

Juliet Piper | Songwriter, Indie Artist, Mindset Coach for Creatives

If the desire is still in your heart, that’s the nonnegotiable sign for me to keep going. I believe our desires are safe guidance, and anytime I’ve followed what I truly desire and trusted my intuition, it has always paid off and led to beautiful things. I think sometimes we reference our outside circumstances as a sign to move forward or jump ship, but I always think it’s better to look inward because you never know when you may be ONE day away from the major breakthrough. Plus, the pursuit is SO fun. Read more>>

Melissa Ward | Recipe Creator & Food Blogger

This question really hits home for me. I’ve been struggling with the question of “do I offer something people want to see?” a lot lately. It’s so challenging to take something you truly love and put it out there for others to see, judge, and essentially vote on – love or hate. Cooking and entertaining are my passions. It’s that simple. Before starting my blog, I was already spending most my free time in the kitchen and finding any reason to have friends over and entertain. I played with the idea of starting my own blog for over 8 years. I work full time, I’m the primary bread winner in our family, and I have 2 toddlers. Needless to say, I really don’t have the time for anything else. One day my husband asked me what I would do if money didn’t matter — the answer was easy: I’d have a cooking blog. The realization came to me that if I would have started this 8 years ago, who know’s where I’d be today. Do I really want another 8 years to go by without trying. So, I made the decision to go all in. No, I couldn’t quit my job, but I could take every free moment I had to put into the blog, so that’s just what I did. Read more>>