To pivot or to persevere? Or more bluntly – to give up or to not to give up? This is a haunting question, a question that has ramifications far after an answer has been chosen and it’s also a question that almost everyone in our community has had to face at one time or another. How do you know when to give up and when to keep trying?

Kevin Caraballo | School Social Worker & Authentic Podcaster (Host of the F.A.C.T.S Podcast)

A few people in my circle knew that I failed my social work state exam on my first attempt to obtain my professional license. A few months later, I retook the exam and passed. I know to keep going when my passion feels greater than my fears. I preferred to try and fail at something than give up. People view mistakes as failures when they should view them as learning opportunities. I believe when a person can sit in discomfort and make it to the other side, the reward is so much sweeter. A lot of people forget that growth is sometimes uncomfortable. Read more>>

Rocky Luckey | Writer & Creative Director

This one is a doozie! A wise mentor once said — get hit with a bus and keep going. LOL Part of what’s behind that is the experience that things you’ve planned and especially things you haven’t planned are going to pop up. Keep going! There are going to be several factors, external and internal, that will tell you to give up but don’t. This is if you are the one standing in your own way. If you are having bouts of negative self-talk, you need to shut that down and keep going after your dreams. Read more>>

Meagan Adele Lopez | Filmmaker & Omni-Channel Creative

I recently read this incredible book by Twyla Tharpe called “Keep It Moving”. In it, she describes the difference between a goal and a pledge. (Elizabeth Gilbert (author of “Eat Pray Love”) also talks about this idea often.) A goal is something tangible – like making $100,000 in a year or winning a Grammy. A goal you can achieve and the question that often follows is, then what? A pledge, however, is a lifelong promise to yourself. For Twyla, it was “I will dance through life”. For me, it is “I will make cool shit with people I like.” So, when you have a pledge, it’s like this question doesn’t exist. There is no thought towards “giving up” because it’s not something I set out to achieve. It’s something I’m here on this Earth to DO. Read more>>

Nihal Ruparel | Filmmaker and Photographer

It’s not wether I’m going to decide to keep going or give up. It’s just that I know that I love creating enough to know that I can’t. It’s almost as if you need to keep building yourself and some days might not be your best, some days you might not feel like going and doing something, but you do need to know that you’re trying your best for the day regardless. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but things will work out if you put the hours in and are persistent.. Read more>>

DHKC | Outsider Artist

All we have in life is persistence. As artists, and as people in the larger sense, we will face trials; it’s an inevitability of life. But persistence is what propels us through life, sustains us within it. Think of humans as hummingbird wings – it’s unnatural to see them still. But how do we KNOW is a loaded question. As an artist, I keep going due to a calling to my artform; to music, particularly on social media, where I’m primarily active on Twitter, Clubhouse, and Instagram @the_dhkc; Read more>>