To persevere or to pivot is a question that do-ers have been asking themselves since the beginning of time.  It’s never a straight road when you are doing something new, blazing a trail, breaking a ceiling, or pushing boundaries, so it’s only natural to wonder whether to give up midway.  How do you know whether to keep going or to give up?

LaChanda Gatson | Hair Artist & Cultural Content Creator

The desire in my soul to fulfill purpose keeps me going. Knowing there’s always purpose encourages me not to give up. Read more>>

Rose McAleese | Writer & Hella Useful

If I’m being real, I choose this question to answer because it scares me so much. And if I’m being honest, I recently thought a lot about giving up. What attributes to this thinking is my depression, as well as the current state of the world, and being crippled by not having financial security. A few weeks ago I broke down in front of my mom and dad, I wanted to call it quits. I was overcome with this wave of guilt and anxiety. I told them I was unhappy and terrified that I made a huge mistake. I was so raw and exhausted I finally admitted something I’ve always tried to ignore; I think choosing to be an artist was a very selfish thing to do. That I regret not chosen a career path that was more sustainable and secure. I feel as though I should have become a more productive member of society. I know I’m lucky because my parents told me I was wrong. That the choice I made to purpose being a writer was far more powerful and impressive. Read more>>

Boston Schulz | Music Photographer & Creator

For me, it’s all about the love and enjoyment of the work. If I stop enjoying what I’m doing, it’s time for me to move on. I don’t think there is anything wrong with pivoting, changing direction, moving on or “giving up”. We all have one chance at this life; make sure you’re doing something that you love. Keep going in the direction that you love, and feel free to let it go if you no longer love it. Read more>>

Carla Silveira-Hernandez | Creative Storyteller, Marketing Leader, In-house Creative Champion & Cultural Philanthropist

Whether I find myself grappling with this question for personal or professional reasons, it helps me to start by recognizing that more than likely it won’t come with a clear and cut decision. Often we’re enamored with the idea of pursuing our dreams and hold very tightly to this lofty vision in our minds of what it looks like. Often that vision is pristine and flawless, and the journey short and sweet. In reality, however, nothing significant in life happens that way. Challenges are our greatest teachers and build our character. They also help us determine what’s most important in our lives, and what aspects of ourselves we want to develop. Whether or not to give up or stick to a course I’ve chosen is a question that I can only effectively answered through a multitude of other questions. Over the years I’ve learned that when I find myself at what feels like a fork in the road, there are often a lot of emotions wrapped into it. Read more>>