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

Jamie English | Photographer

I love this question, mostly because I think it’s the wrong question. There is no giving up! There is only trying, learning, and making more informed choices, even if those choices mean adapting. When I first started my business I had so much to learn. There were challenging times, but I was so happy to be working for myself and doing what I loved that even those challenges were exciting and interesting to me. I could see my progress both in my skills as a photographer and in my skills as business person. It felt easy to put in the long hours and weeks and work all the weekends because I was young, unmarried, and enjoying it. It honestly didn’t feel like work! Then my life changed and so did what I wanted for it. I had “succeeded” with 30+ weddings a year, but I realized it wasn’t the kind of success I wanted anymore. Read more>>

Darcy Fagerwold | Dance Studio Owner

The question of whether to keep going or give up is one that many business owners are facing right now. Current regulations have placed numerous obstacles in the way of running a successful business. It has been 6 months since it was “business as usual” at Expressions. Within 3 days of the shut down we were up and running virtual classes online. Some of our students have been dancing at home since then. With current regulations, only a small number of students are able to come into the studio for live classes. We were forced to cancel our biggest shows of the year. With the cost to do business increasing while revenue decreases it’s no wonder that many business owners are ready to throw in the towel. If I didn’t have such a powerful “WHY” , I would’ve given up already. Children and their well-being are the core of my “why”. They always have been. Read more>>

Marc Wortman | Owner & Head Roaster

I think this is one of the toughest questions for an entrepreneur to answer objectively. Just about every one has poured their energy and money into a venture, and for that reason alone, never wants to give up. I believe that rather than make it about what you’ve put in, it’s a question of what value you’re providing to your community. There are so many businesses right now that aren’t making enough money to feasibly stay open but they’re pushing through because these are unusual times, and because they are providing something of value. The answer to this question is not how to recoup what you’ve put in, but whether you are providing your community and partners with something of value. If you are, keep going and things will fall into place. If this is instead about your dreams and investment, then you’ll probably find you eventually have to give up. Read more>>