Never give up. It’s advice that is thrown around daily – but is it always right? We asked some folks we admire about their thoughts around how to know when to give up and when to keep trying

Lindsey Alderman | Musician

I don’t think you should ever give up on your dreams, but I do think if you’re feeling uninspired, creative breaks are necessary. I believe most of my development as an artist has been a result of my personal growth. A creative lifestyle requires mental stamina, so whenever I’ve had periods of feeling hopeless, I take a step back to focus on my health and nurture my mind. When choosing to pursue an entrepreneurial lifestyle, it’s crucial to appreciate the journey above everything else. Read more>>

Janene Verabian | Clinical Hypnotherapist and Relationship Expert

As a general rule in my life, I try not to take on things I don’t see myself finishing. Yet, every so often, something needs to prematurely come to an end, even if I had the best intentions. Those moments for me I believe reveal opportunities or projects that are not resonating with me on a gut level. It’s so important to be true to yourself when trying to obtain new goals. If it feels “off,” or like something is not organic about the path you’ve chosen, it’s is totally ok and actually healthy to stay true to yourself and adjust your sails. I do not see this as giving up, or a failure, I see this as living authentically. And for me, that is the only way to live. Read more>>

John Wells III | Award-Winning Author, Playwright, Screenwriter, & Producer.

When I hear this question, I hear the voices of my mother and father in the back of my head saying, “I didn’t raise a quitter!” Giving up has never been an option for me. One of the things that I’ve learned while trailblazing my own professional path, is that failure is not debilitating. I think fear of failure is really a fear of not being able to overcome it. that’s a valid fear, but when we realize that there is actually no such thing as failure… not really. (Okay, maybe we can screw up royally. Or maybe we can just miss the mark. But at the end of the day failure is just a stepping block toward success.) And when we realize that. We can learn from it. Get up. and try again. So, no, for me giving up has never really been an option. I think the more productive way to look at it, is readjustment. Sometimes, if what you’re doing doesn’t work, take a step back. Readjust. And try a different tactic. Failure is inevitable, it’s how you grow from that failure that makes all the difference. Read more>>

Fiona Buckley | Photographer/ Videographer

If you can’t stop thinking about it, don’t give up. Sometimes if you’re hitting a dead end, it’s good to take, what I like to call, a “passion break”. It means taking a break from putting your all into your creative project and to step back to get a fresh perspective. If you’re meant to do it, it’ll keep finding a way into your mind. Sometimes we think we’ve hit a closed door when really the universe is working in ways you can’t understand yet, and when you’re meant to keep going, the joy that you get from your passion will outweigh the struggle. Read more>>

Rudi Fate | Musician/Producer/Creative Director

This question is right on time, because it’s been something I’ve been battling with lately. I want to be an entertainer, but not just anyyyy entertainer. A global one that goes on tour often, has many streams of income, a lovely home, and generational wealth. Let’s just say I’m far from all those hopes and dreams mentioned. So of course I am asking myself…”Ru, is it time to give up? Is it time to let this childhood dream go? You have bills to pay, wouldn’t a more stable job bring you peace?” My mind says yes. My heart says no. I guess until my heart follows suite…I have no choice but to keep going. Read more>>

Dang Tran | Inventor

I think I ask myself this question a lot. If I’m passionate about an idea then I keep going. My passion is driven by believing in the milestones and end goal. I’ve had many ideas in the past and try to execute it. Sometimes it never leaves the whiteboard. With Gravity Chopsticks, the idea stuck to me. I sketched it out and 3D printed a prototype. My first milestone was to get it to go live on Kickstarter. My second milestone was getting it funded, created and shipped. By setting these obtainable milestones I was able to gauge if I should keep going or give up. With Kickstarter it gave me validation that my idea was on the right track. I was able to present my idea to the public with people who I do not know. Talking to people who you don’t know will usually give you a valid feedback on your idea. People who knows you tends to sugar coat so that your feelings won’t get hurt. Read more>>