How do you know when you should keep going versus when it makes sense to cut your losses and try something new? It’s a difficult decision most entrepreneurs and creatives have faced along their journey and so we asked some brilliant folks from the community to share their thoughts.

Diana Badmaeva | Photographer

Sometimes everything does not turn out as we planned, and it seems that there is no point in moving further and it is worth giving up, but if you nevertheless continued on your way, then in the end you see that all your failures led you precisely to your goal. If your heart says that this is your business, it brings you happiness, and your soul smiles, then you cannot refuse, even if no one around you believes in you, or you will be criticized, never give up, go forward, even when everything is working out not as it should, you don’t know which door will lead you to your goal. And I always remember that if a door closes somewhere in my life, then another door will surely open, which will lead me further. Read more>>

Alex Layshock | Baker & Small Business Owner

That moment when you find yourself considering whether you should keep going or whether you should give up is overwhelming. Add in a dash of anxiety and a heavy splash of imposter syndrome, and you’re really in for a doozy of what ifs. When I’ve been at that crossroad, I take a step back and consider what brought me there. Is it coming from a place of rationality or a place of fear? The answer has always been the latter over the last few years running Voyager Bakeshop. From thinking I couldn’t compete with the “real” pastry chefs as a self-taught baker, to creeping feelings that I wasn’t worthy of my accomplishments, to every other trepidation in between, I’ve been there. I choose to keep going, because regardless of those worries I still wake up each morning ready to hit the kitchen and whip up something that will make someone’s day even better than before. In my experience, passion and intent always overrules that unease. Read more>>

Jasmine Ramsey | Personal Chef

For me it’s been my guy and intuition that tells me whether to give up or keep trying. There have been PLENTY of times where I’ve wanted to close up shop and quit because I wasn’t seeing immediate results or the results I had expected but my inner voice wouldn’t let me quit. Instead when I got in those tough spaces in my mind my inner voice would feed me new and productive ways of doing things and I would meet in the middle with the will power to get it done. Starting and running a business is not easy but if you love it enough you’ll try everything to make it work. Read more>>