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?

Rey Acevedo | Artist and Designer

I personally don’t believe in giving up. I would rather try and fail, learn from my mistakes and continue to try until I achieve my goals. Read more>>

Wilson | School Counselor and Personal Trainer

I love this question because we all feel this way at times. What fitness has shown me is that although you may not see the results immediately as long as you keep working consistently towards a goal, the change will come. Sometimes you can workout for 3 months and nothing seems like its happening, sometimes it’s 6 months and no changes, sometimes it is even a year and you barely see anything, but I’ve never seen someone that has committed to the process and wants to improve their health not see a significant change in their body, mind, and spirit when exercise is a regular part of their lifestyle. We’ve all seen the transformations on social media and other sites. It is definitely not an overnight event, but the common theme for everybody on their fitness journey, is the idea that they wanted to give up, because things weren’t going well, but they were glad they kept going because they never imagined how much of an impact not quitting would have on them. Read more>>

Aubrey Wollett | Singer- Songwriter / Country Artist

If chasing your dream was easy, everyone would do it. Dreams takes imagination, belief in yourself with the courage and drive to achieve them. It’s human nature to think things are too hard and impossible, but it’s the ones who stick with it through the ‘not so glamorous moments’ that end up making it to the top. I believe that we all have a purpose on Earth and if we listen closely to our gut, we’ll be guided along the right path for success. It’s also important to keep in mind that everyones journey will look different even within the same industry. There has been many times where I have felt like giving up because it gets tough and doubt often takes over, but I’m here to tell you it’s worth it! If you are passionate about something and love it without the reward, go for it! I’ve always believed if you work hard and truly love what you do, the right doors will open for you at the right time. Trust that process and believe in yourself. Read more>>

Gabriela Gamboa | Visual Artist

I think this is a perfect question for the year 2020, a year in which everyone has struggled, and I’m sure many  have considered quitting their profession -regardless of career or situation. To look towards the future has not been an easy task under these circumstances. We usually think careers in the arts are very tough anyway, not only in terms of stability, but also in terms of success, acceptance, economic possibilities and most artists go through periods of dissatisfaction and doubt, I’m sure. Personally, being an artist has not really been a choice, it is a need I feel, the desire to communicate my interpretation of the world, or life or current events and use it in a creative way. Nonetheless, I have had periods of less productivity and even had to ‘suspend’ my artistic production for almost 8 years, given the situation in Venezuela. But when you tap into the power of art in the face of hardship, art as the perfect medium and tool to build and sustain resilience, then I really found a purpose to what I do. Read more>>

Jamie Smith | Musician

Definitely, never give up! Always keep going, try new methods, try a new approach, always chase your own dream and don’t ever give up on your own dream and don’t let others decide your destiny. Some people have the luxury of giving up, others like myself had to continue and had to make it work, so for me personally giving up was not an option. Read more>>

Dania Bernard | Website Godmother & Instructor

We have a natural knowing within us that overrides logic, reason and experience — and most definitely the opinions of others. The problem is that most of us haven’t been taught how to tap into or trust our inner wisdom. Everything worthwhile takes time, energy and massive commitment. Building a customer base, running the back office, rolling out an effective marketing campaign — it all requires significantly more time and effort than I would’ve ever imagined. But sometimes no matter how many sleepless nights or sacrifices I make, the results just aren’t there… That’s when I have to ask myself an important question: should I stay the course and double down on my commitment — or do I cut my losses and move on? The answer is not always black and white. I’ve often felt torn between whether I should commit to or quit running my creative business. So I ask myself this question when I’m feeling disappointed or defeated: “Why am I *really* doing this?” This questions leads me to investigate my motivation, peel back the layers and keep it real with myself. Read more>>

Zorina Frey | Poet, Publisher, & Content Writer

As an editor, publisher, spoken word artist and writer, I’m always juggling more than one goal because frankly, one is usually not moving quick enough for me. So, I start another task and so forth and so on. After a while, I’m spreading myself so thin, that I’m not investing enough time on any of my goals. As a result, it doesn’t look as if anything is working. The obvious solution would be to just give up, but here’s the thing: Every idea that comes to mind isn’t necessarily a bad one! It’s all about timing. So anytime I feel like giving up on one of my projects, I pull out my notebook and remind myself, “What do I want?” Then I make a list of all the projects I have going on. Next, I list each project according to which ones will expedite my goal of being a successful writer. The projects that don’t apply are hobbies that need to be tabled. Then I figure out if the remaining projects are long-term or short-term, which ones incur the most expense, the least, and which of these projects will provide the greatest ROI? I promise if you do this, your vision will become clearer and you’ll find that you’re not giving up, just reprioritizing your tasks. Read more>>

Alanis Forde | Contemporary Barbadian Artist

As a conceptual artist who lives and works in the Caribbean, Barbados in particular, it can be very difficult to want to create when the overall “atmosphere” here doesn’t necessarily view art as a valuable career. There needs to be a lot of self-discipline and control throughout my process and artistic development to want to even continue going in my art career. I personally take my work very seriously therefore my mindset has changed and shaped around my work ethic and how I approach my art. Read more>>

Faith Grant | Social Impact Professional & Servant Leader

I often grapple with knowing when to actually give something up. I’m a natural problem solver and I enjoy challenges and the rewards of overcoming them, but I’ve found that “giving up” sometimes just means pivoting. Whether it’s reevaluating a romantic relationship that’s hit a low point or dismantling the systemic oppression that reeks from every corner of our communities, the option to pivot in the face of any barrier has always been my starting point. There’s never only one way to accomplish a goal–and more than often it’s our belief system that holds us back from the creativity that’s necessary to reroute. We must allow ourselves grace in the pursuit of our desires, and we must never stop moving forward. Read more>>