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?

Mikaela Schipani | Restaurant Owner

I rely heavily on my “gut feeling” when it comes pursuing a goal or abandoning something that just isn’t working. If you’ve got the fire in your belly, then you are going to want to see it through to the end. There is a “pure intention” that fuels the pursuit. If there are red flags that you can’t seem to shake, it’s time to move on to something else. You know when something truly doesn’t feel right. It is important to listen to your instincts. It will save you time and frustration. Read more>>

Thurman Brown | Actor & Model

I know whether to keep going or to give up by always keeping in mind that bad days don’t last forever they’re just simply temporary. There’s always light at the end of every tunnel so that is what I hold to heart and it keeps me going on those rough days when I feel low. Read more>>

Latavia Nottage Bienaime | Founder of Themortuaryspa & Makeup Artist

Everyone is born with a gift, an assignment to pursue, and at some point, hope to achieve. The value of this gift relies on you putting maximum effort and commitment to see it through. It’s that little boy or little girl that resonates within that says, “You can do it.” I believe when we allow outward influences and past traumas to bully or silence that voice, it leads us to ask ourselves, should we keep going or should we quit? I think the only thing we should quit is doubt. When you set your mind on something big or small it’s your duty to attempt different routes or just be still and allow a higher power to navigate the process. Read more>>

Cesar Lazarus | Digital Artist

It’s really just understanding what you’re capable of doing. Every small accomplishment brings a rush of confidence so learning to channel that into your work can allow anyone to go beyond. Giving up doesn’t exist in my language because there’s no such thing as a true ending except death. Life keeps going, so you give it your all. Read more>>