They say life isn’t about the things that happen to you, but about the decisions you make. There’s a ton of coverage about the best decisions people have made, but not nearly enough conversation about the tough decisions. We asked folks we admire to tell us about the most difficult decision they’ve ever had to make and have shared some of those responses below.

LAURYN ILASCO | Fashion Designer & Stylist

Recently, the toughest decision I ever had to make was wether or not I should stay or transfer out of UCLA after doing two years of school there. I was considering going to FIT in New York for fashion to help further my interest and career in fashion or stay at UCLA studying something that didn’t make me as happy as making clothes did. In the end, after much thinking and going back and forth, I chose transferring to FIT. Read more>>

Dujuan Austin Jr | Actor, Writer, Director, and producer

Going to LA to pursue acting. Read more>>

Lance Carpenter | Professional Songwriter/Recording Artist

The most difficult decision i’ve ever had to make was walking away/retiring from a federal government position, that i loved, making good money, to pursue a career in music. I was making around 80-90k a year traveling the country and helping communities recover after presidential sized natural disasters with FEMA) and when music started really pulling at my heartstrings, I chose to walk away from the government work and go 100% into music. Read more>>