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.

Tania Dibbs | Painter, Sculptor, Thinker, Maker

Giving up is really never in the realm of possibility for an artist with a successful career. It’s not a conscious choice, either, it is just not in the fabric of the makeup of those who make it in the arts. There might be course alterations and changes in expectations but giving up is just simply not one of the options. In other areas of life this can be a challenging trait but in my pursuit of an art career this attribute has helped me tremendously. Read more>>

Charlene Byron | Entrepreneur

I started my Cleaning business over 5 years ago. I doubted myself throughout the process of starting my business. The thought of giving up crossed my mind more times than not. Along the way I kept pushing. Kept finding new ways to improve from products to our service. From managing staff to managing clients. I questioned if I was doing the right things. I decided that giving up was not an option when I realized that I was creating space for not only myself And my family to have a legacy, but for my staff and the people we served to work with a company that believed in the people and not just for economical reasons alone. I wake daily with the passion I had when I cleaned my first space to this day. Giving up is easy to do. I chose to push through even in the hardest times doing business. Today I can say I’m proud to be a business owner and accept all the challenges and the wins that come along with it. Read more>>

Jeff Libby | Event Specialist

Only give up if you no longer believe in your vision, and before you give up, always attempt to achieve your goals in another way. There’s no one wrong or right path to achieving your goals, so sometimes you need to reroute to get there. Read more>>

Elle Powell | Freelance Illustrator & Graphic Designer

This is a question I’ve thought about a lot. My answer is this: if you have done the work to be sure you want to do something, and it has persistently motivated you over an extended period of time, do not give up on it. In my experience, even if you do “give up on it”, the dream will continue to chase you, and you’ll end up doing it eventually anyway. There have been at least three times in my life where I’ve “given up” on being a freelance artist, and yet here I am, a full-time, self-employed professional illustrator. I really believe that if you know what you want to do, you’re good at it and enjoy doing it, you may as well dive in and not give up until you’ve achieved your dream. Maybe that dream or goal will shift along the way, but if it’s truly in alignment with who you are and what you want (and it doesn’t harm anyone else, of course!), you should keep going. Read more>>

Dana Streufert | Dana Streufert | Peak One Art Studio

Soon after graduating from college, I opened up a side art business with a friend in Tennessee so we could pursue a hobby we loved part-time in the hours after our full-time day jobs. Our small studio business was a place where we could dream big dreams about art becoming something more, but always alongside the safety and security of other jobs that routinely paid our bills. Even while I still crave for art to evolve into my life’s work one day, this stability and safety net of other jobs has remained my mode of operation for the last eight years since college. At times I have been persuaded by my own doubts to believe the art dreams might best belong underneath my pillow at night. Yet every time I find myself in a place where I am trying to accept the notion that safety and comfort must prevail over the risk of pursuing something I love, I conclude that my longing to give more of my time to art is truly a longing for a deeper, more meaningful life. Read more>>