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?

Kseniya Yorsh | Producer

That’s a big question that any creative, any business owner, any person in general faces at different points in their life. We ask ourselves this question when faced with a challenging situation – and an internal doubt, tiredness about it. Some adopt the mentality of going forward no matter what, others “quit when the going gets tough.” But all those are external metrics used to evaluate the behavior. And the real question here is how do you yourself make this decision in the moment. Read more>>

Tula B. Strong | Performance Artist

Good things are hard. Purposeful things are hard. So, at least for me, the presence of challenges – whether small or big, intense ones — are not a sign to give up on something. Instead, the signs I pay attention to are (1) the loss of peace (aka feeling unsettled) combined with (2) the loss of passion or love for what I am doing. For me, these two things combined are signs that I might need to stop my pursuit of something. Or, at the very least, it’s a sign that something is not right and I need to take a step back to re-evaluate. Read more>>

Keturah Hamilton | Actress/ Humanitarian

It always easy to want to give up whether it’s on your career, relationship, or life. Giving up is never an option for me I was raised to believe nothing that’s worth having comes easy. I am an immigrant from Jamaica and Jamaica is run by a class system. You have to fight with every fiber of your being to stay on top. It’s been embedded in me to ”never give up.” I believe we all have a gift to know what is worth fighting for. For me, making that decision to never give up is my inner conviction and belief. Read more>>

Stella Golden | Storyboard Artist

There have of course been some times when I didn’t think I was cut out to be an artist but I realized creating makes me feel fulfilled and that I wouldn’t know how far I could go if I stopped prematurely. There are so many different forms of art and I learned that if I didn’t find success in one avenue there might be another one that would be better. Originally I was pursuing concept design but felt the storytelling aspect I enjoy expressing so much was missing from that avenue. Read more>>

Ruben Ramirez | Award-Winning Director, Actor, Stand-up Comedian, and C0-Founder of Starpower Film Company

When you genuinely love something, I don”t believe that you would give up. We all go through moments of doubt, but when we discover what our true LOVE and PASSIONS are…we take it to the chin and keep moving forward. There will be times when the phone is not ringing, its up to us to discover why, regroup and go back head strong at a different angle. I find that we grow the most in those times of re-adjustments. we see what is not working. we see what we need to work on. Its up to us to humble ourselves and see where we can do better, and even better when you have a team behind you to tell you that for you. Shoutout Starpower The Elites Read more>>

Matt Manasse | Pickleball Coach to the Stars

There is never a choice whether you keep going or not—-that is something that is constant. There will always be new challenges and hurdles to overcome that may cause you to fail. That being said, true failure happens only when you give up. There are times when you must reevaluate certain situations and pivot into something new or leave a situation that is weighing you down. That isn’t quitting though—-that is being smart about focusing your time and energy into things that can make you and those around you happy and successful. Read more>>

Diamonn | Singer & Songwriter

I rarely give up on things that I am passionate about. Normally before start anything, I pray about it first and think before diving in. Being passionate is really key for me. If I’m passionate, I’m all in. I can also feel when something is no longer for me. I pay attention to signs, and if my intuition is telling me to let go, then I will. Read more>>

Javosski Rembert

Knowing whether to give up or to continue will depend upon the person. But if we’re speaking on business in general, if it’s a bad business move than you may want to rethink your decision. But it’s something that works, but you haven’t quite figured out how to make it run properly, I would continue until it’s running the way you thought it would run. Example if you created a product and you’ve tested your product and you noticed your product sells, maybe not every day, but it sells, I would continue manufacturing that product until it’s selling out. Read more>>