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.

Alvin Kirkland | Fashion Stylist

I think every entrepreneur goes through this phase especially in the beginning of their career. One principle that I hold on to is remembering the reason why I started my business. My passion and love for fashion has kept me from giving up on my career that was once a dream that now has became a reality. When I am working I feel a fire that inside that I only experience when I am doing what I love. Once the love or passion has left I think that is when you should give up because at that point you would be doing it for all the wrong reasons. It’s so easy to get caught up in day to day operations but their will be moments that remind you of your purpose and to keep pushing. Read more>>

Jerrica Justice | Photographer

I can’t imagine giving up. Photography is my life, even if I had no clients I would still be out there taking photos! If you’re passionate about something you keep going, even if no one is interested. You do it for you. Never give up if it’s something you love. Read more>>

Terri Hoover | Leader & Hair Stylist

You don’t get to give up just because things are hard! People count on you. Your employees, sales people, clients and family. That is why I surround myself with driven hungry people. So when one is feeling down or like quitting the others move to the front and begin to pull. I cannot say enough about a strong team. Read more>>

Julie Lefebvre Chung | Salon Owner & Director of Education

This is such an interesting question! For my husband and I and in our experiences with our business endeavors, we’ve found the the line between deciding to push further and to keep going versus calling it quits is decided more from your heart than with your head. What I mean is when you always do your due diligence and your homework into those factors that affect your choice, the bad opportunities become clear and it’s a no-brainer. But for those tougher decisions or moments, in our experiences we’ve learned once you’ve worked through the pluses and minuses of whether to continue to keep going or to give up, oftentimes it came to a near even choice: there were as many reasons to say “no” and not move forward as there were reasons to say “yes”. Ultimately, we learned to trust ourselves and to follow where our hearts led us. Read more>>