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.

Kimberly Kulak | Wedding and Portrait Photographer

This is the million dollar question isn’t it? With everything going on in the world regarding COVID-19: quarantine, health issues, shut downs, the socioeconomic climate has been trying and unprecedented. For us small business owners this has meant total shut downs, scaling back on what we were previously able to do, moving onto new ventures to survive; weathering out the storm, so to speak. It’s been hard to say the least. Having been a wedding photographer for 7+ years, 2020 has left our entire wedding industry in ruins. Some of my colleagues have packed up and left altogether. I can’t blame them, but I’m still here. I’ve built my business from the ground up and I’m taking this time to pause. Read more>>

Angela Ledyard | Photographer, Yogi & Plantbased Cook

I feel that the deciding factor of whether you keep going or give up is best determined by your passion. When your passion is no longer the driving force and your lust to attain whatever it is that you want has diminished, it’s time to let it go. But, as long as you desire, your passion is fueling you and the fire inside grows no matter what comes your way, those are obvious signs to keep going. Nothing can hold you back when your passion is strong and rooted deep inside of you. Read more>>

Jackson Finn | Artist & Gallery Owner

Never Giving Up is not a statement it’s mindset. When you adopt that mindset and then put into action, one literally becomes almost unstoppable. No matter what life gives you and we all know that it’s a series of wins and losses, ups and downs, setbacks and breakthroughs. Without it, it just wouldn’t be life! Adopting a “Never give up” attitude will make the difference in everything you do. That, I can promise you. The approach, when applied will utilize your mind, body and spirit and give you the confidence and the ability to get back up each and every time you are knocked down, let down or told No. Read more>>

Abby Farr | Owner & Designer

SD Voyager Interview How to know whether to keep going or give up? Spending a year to research this business idea, creating a business plan, and then launching a Kickstarter campaign to get it off the ground was as intense as it was invigorating. I’m so thankful to say, 5 years later, we are still open for business. Between then and now, I never could have anticipated the challenges and changes we’d encounter. What kept us going is remaining mission-minded, even when the going got tough. I’ll admit, that’s easy to do when the cause we’ve chosen to align with, fighting human trafficking, is so embedded into my heart. Read more>>