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

Jordan Combs | Health and Wellness Coach

I view my business like I do the relationship I have with my husband. There will be ups and downs but ultimately I love him so I don’t give up on us. I have passion and sincere love for what I do in helping others find hope and healing so I press on! I start my day off on a positive note. I breathe in my essential oils, meditate and state declarations over my life and my business. And when I’m exercising I love listening to the song from Zootopia Try Everything sung by Shakira: I won’t give up No, I won’t give in till I reach the end And then I’ll start again No, I won’t leave I want to try everything I want to try even though I could fail. Read more>>

T La’Toyia Warren | Model, Dancer, Actress, & Writer

Two of my favorite quotes…”You don’t have to be great to get started but you do have to get started to be great.” Les Brown & “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” Henry Ford How do I know whether to keep going or to give up? The breath in my lungs is the green indicator light I use to keep going. My philosophy is simple. Life is a gift and everyday we are given an opportunity to either rise to the occsaison of our circumstances or crack under pressure. Whichever we choose it is ultimately our choice. I choose to keep going because I appreciate the gift of life. There will be moments where I must pivot and reaccess, friends will be lost and family may not understand but giving up is not an option. Read more>>

Breanna Brooks | Blogger/Digital Creator

It’s simple! You don’t! You owe it to yourself to see whatever it is in its entirety. Why put in so much work and time to give up? I would much rather keep going and see the end results rather than give up and have so many unanswered questions. You may very well get frustrated, take some losses, have some delays, denials, etc., along the way. However, something initially lit a fire in you to get started, so you owe it to yourself to keep going. Read more>>

Kinda Makini | Image Consultant at K. Makini Image Consulting

I’ve been asked this question several times recently. To me, it’s really simple: If you think about it when you wake up, during the day and before you go to sleep, keep going as the idea is on your conscience for a reason. Everybody has great ideas but only those who are persistent make them a reality. Read more>>

Leneé Cook-Braxton | Founder & CEO Holistic Performance Center, LLC

Candidly, there have been MANY times that I have felt like quitting or giving up. Fortunately, right before feeling like I couldn’t go one step further, I feel something deep within my spirit that says “keep going”. My experience has been that just on the other side of those moments where we feel like giving up, lies a breakthrough that will show us why we needed to keep going! There is a verse in one of my favorite gospel songs that says “I just can’t give up now… I’ve come too far from where I started from… nobody told me the road would be easy, and I don’t believe he’s brought me this far to leave me.” No matter what, KEEP GOING!!!. Read more>>

Zetti Carnell | Personal Chef & Songwriter/Musician

In certain situations, I want to use all the motivation, willpower, and courage I can muster to keep going. And in other situations, I need strength, humility, and insight to let go and move on. The only qualified teacher is time. Time has a way of revealing everything. Seeds that are planted take time to grow. If things aren’t growing after a period of time then I need to re- evaluate what I’m planting or how I’m planting. My mother has always said things that are healthy grow. Only time can tell if I’ve made the right choice, or not. But there is a question that can help in leveraging past experiences, and what time has taught us so far. Ive learned it’s not about being brave or weak. It’s about being honest. So the question I want to answer truthfully is: Knowing what I know now, would I want to start this task today, or not? I go with whatever comes to mind first. Then I sit with the answer for a bit, and: Look into my past experiences and how I feel about them. Read more>>