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.

Version Eight | Artist

I personally don’t believe in giving up. On that note I’ll be brutally honest. You’re going to fail. A lot. Every single business, artist, or otherwise goes through ups and downs. There will always be setbacks and failures. But through immense determination and willpower, there is always hope in achieving that dream that may currently feel impossible. It is also important to keep the big picture in mind when faced with career difficulties, especially in the creative sphere. Read more>>

Pamela Briere | Owner and Accountant West Main Taproom and Grill, Parker, CO

COVID shut-downs really tested the “keep going or give up.” March 16. 2020 I furloughed nearly 120 employees due to the nationwide mandate to shut down. I own three concepts. A restaurant and bakery at an airport in Omaha, NE, a restaurant in Parker, CO, and a catering company in Omaha, NE. The three concepts I owned really did stand the true test of time. The reality was, I didn’t know if I was going to make it. The business at the airport was down 98% in sales, the business in Colorado just opened five weeks before the pandemic shut it down, and the catering business was down 100% in sales (no gatherings, no events, no people, no catering…it’s just that simple). I have been a business owner for over 16 years and never ever have I ever seen anything like this and definitely don’t want to go through it again. Read more>>

Ty Bishop | Sing/Songwriter

I have been creating music for over ten years. The road has not always been an easy one, Ive had big ups and some big lows. For me its always been my outlet and something that keeps me balanced in life, I feel incomplete without it, So when the lows came and maybe the songs weren’t getting the feedback I expected I just continued to express myself through my lyrics. Ultimately when I make music that connects with an individual and has made a difference to them that is my drive to continue. A lot of my music has been centered around mental health and when that reaches someone to let them know they are not alone, that’s a good day for me. Read more>>