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?

Tonya Todd | Author, Actress, Activist

My first instinct is to say never give up, that there is no time to quit. Anything worth achieving is also worth the battle to achieve it. But in truth, the artistic journey isn’t for all artists. There are a thousand nos for every yes. There are self-doubts. There are people who don’t want you to succeed. All of these weigh on you. Read more>>

Kenneth Underwood | Videographer

You always keep going no matter what. If you are truly passionate about what you do giving up will never pop up in your head. Read more>>

Shelby C. (AhavaJadori) | Model

Knowing whether to keep going or give up when defeated is the question at hand! Figuring out how to stay motivated in the face of failure or after a demoralizing setback can feel impossible. And while you may feel your all alone in this matter you’re not. Read more>>

Justin Bates | Trainer and Tribe Team Training Master Coach

How I know I need to keep going is because I care about my clients health and well being. I know that caring for others is far bigger than oneself. Regardless the good and difficult times I have endured over the years, knowing my clients want my help and will always show up, has always given me the strength to always show up and be present for their needs and goals. Read more>>

Rodney Johns Jr | Entrepreneur and mentor

I keep a prosperity state of mind meaning I know some obstacles will occur however I keep a mind set that I will overcome any obstacle and never give up Read more>>

Juana Santos | Plant Enthusiast & Small Business Owner

I think the main thing to tell yourself is that there is no such thing as failure if you never try. When I had my daughter in 2017, I developed really extreme health issues. I had about 7 gallstones and needed immediate surgery following the birth. Read more>>

Khynna Barker | Small business owner

So many things in life don’t happen over night or with little work. I think to give up now would be such a waste of potential. When you have a plan or vision it takes some time to get there, and to map out how to get there. Read more>> 

Lori Hassler | Chef and Owner, The Farish House

This one resonates quite a bit with me. The Farish House is my second restaurant, and I’ve experienced both sides. In 2008/9, I faced the end of my lease at my first restaurant, Radda Caffe-Bar during the onset of what we now know as “The Recession.” Coincidentally, as our numbers were down 30%, my mom also had been diagnosed with a brain disease, my daughter was 2 years old, and my Grandma was in late stage Alzheimer’s. I looked at what was before me, and, tried to be realistic. Read more>>

Morgan Bailey | Sedona Picnics

Always keep going. Always. On May 30th, 2021 I had three brain aneurysms burst. I have an Arteriovenous Malformation that I found out in 2017. Only 18 in 100,000 people have them. Read more>>

Courtney Graben | Digital Artist

I’ve honestly thought about giving up a lot of times but I don’t know what I would be doing in life instead of this so I am rolling with it. And I do believe in myself to find success. Read more>>