To pivot or to persevere? Or more bluntly – to give up or to not to give up? This is a haunting question, a question that has ramifications far after an answer has been chosen and it’s also a question that almost everyone in our community has had to face at one time or another. How do you know when to give up and when to keep trying?

Brenda Orozco-Rojel | Floral Artist & Photographer

I have had to ask myself this very question at different moments in my life. Through trial and error, I’ve realized that to live a truly happy and successful life, it is important to know when to keep pursuing something and when to move on or (give up). There isn’t one correct answer, because everyone is a bit different. We all have different thresholds for pain, suffering, and challenges. There are those that feel the need to quit after they experience their first failure. And then there are stubborn people like myself, that refuse to give up after suffering repeated failures. Read more>>

Taylor Hicks | Charcuterie Board Enthusiast

FEAR has two meanings for me: “You can Forget Everything And Run or Face Everything And Rise”. Life is challenging, starting a business is challenging, taking care of your family is challenging, and nobody ever said it was going to be easy. We have two choices in life we give up and retreat or face it and succeed. When you’re pursuing your passion giving up shouldn’t be a part of your vocabulary. As a new small business owner, I didn’t take into account the little things that make a business such as materials, licensing, insurance, websites, social media, etc.; Read more>>

Anna King | Blogger & Development Consultant

Every good idea is propelled by passion. If it’s something you truly believe in, then you never give up. In the 1990s, I began research for a nonfiction book about a ragtime musician. Because so few records from pre-1920 had been digitized at that time, the travel required to conduct on-site research from Los Angeles to Miami was both time and cost prohibitive. Read more>>