To preserver or to pivot is a question that do-ers have been asking themselves since the beginning of time.  It’s never a straight road when you are doing something new, blazing a trail, breaking a ceiling, or pushing boundaries, so it’s only natural to wonder whether to give up midway.  How do you know whether to keep going or to give up?

Brittany Mendez | Hairstylist

I’ve been doing hair for almost 15 years and about 5 years in I almost wanted to give up. I wasn’t making much money, I wasn’t seeing my clientele grow and things were tough financially. I even worked a second job for a few years at another salon and when that didn’t work I worked retail as a second job. When I saw my paychecks from my retail job I knew I could make more money and enjoy my work if I put my heart into my work again at the salon. I got serious about my career again and started with how I showed up to work. I got too comfortable and stopped dressing up for work and stopped doing my hair and makeup before work. Read more>>

Paul Hunyady | Designer / Community Enhancement

To give up is never a question, the question is only how do I adapt and grow. Read more>>

Silvana Barrios | Shoe Designer

When I started 8 years ago I didn’t have anything to lose, so I never stoped, I never give up and I always believe in what I was doing. I pushed forward because I had the feeling that I was doing something different with my own identity. Today I have a different tools to measure; if I should keep going in a new product or idea or if I should give up: those are my clients, my community. I present the new ideas on the social media and see how they react, if the like it or not, but sometime even if I don’t have good feedback but I have the feeling that I should keep going, I just do it. Read more>>

Casey Freundt | C&C Images Photographer

How to know wether to keep going or give up? My first thought is giving up is never an option. Having had a rather difficult childhood definitely gave me the strength, the tools and the answered prayers I needed to endure. To keep going and not lose hope. To not give up. I am thankful for that hardship as it helps me through the challenges of today. Life truly is beautiful. It’s precious! Life is challenging.It is suppose to be. life is a gift . It can be painful. The overcoming is what makes it so rewarding. Not giving up and having hope. Being still yet moving forward. I do feel things either contribute or contaminate our lives. I apply this truth to my day to day when making choices. Read more>>