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?

Whitney Varney | Scroll Saw and Laser Artist

There have been a few times over the last 7 years that have made me want to throw in the towel on the whole business idea. Thankfully those moments have been brief minutes of frustration that always subsided when my head cleared and I think the reason why i’ve never ever seriously considered it, is just simply because making things is just so deeply rooted in who I am. If I gave up, I’m not even sure what I would do with myself! I’ve always been a sort of “Jack of all trades”, and in the past I have jumped from hobby to hobby so fast, even I got annoyed with myself. Read more>>

Jenn Beach | Personal Chef

This was a very difficult lesson for me to learn because I had always been programmed to believe that giving up equates to failure. But it’s actually a very powerful thing to be able to recognize when something is not aligning with you anymore- or just isn’t working. You may feel compelled to keep pushing forward because you’ve seen similar efforts work out for other people- so logically if you follow the same steps you’ll end up where they are. But that isn’t how it works. No matter what, the work is going to be hard at times. Read more>>

Louis Chaix | A Survivor of A Rare Disease

At a very young age, I learned the hard way that giving up is never an option. I was 6 years old in the hospital and I was losing my battle to Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis, I was presented two options: Giving up or keep fighting to see another day. I chose life, I chose to persevere and see the brighter outcome for myself and my future. Since then, I realized we must always show up for ourselves. Day after day no matter the circumstances and what others might say around you. Read more>>