To persevere 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?

Greta Olivas | Contemporary Artist

I have been painting for over 20 years, and it has taught me so much. I tell people that I don’t know if my personal growth helped me with my art or if my art helped me with my personal growth, but I think it’s yes to both! I feel like painting to me is like breathing, so stopping is not an option. Read more>>

Timothy Young | Sport Performance Specialist

You never give up! In this world success comes to those that endure. Growing up as an athlete i was always taught that you fight until the end. Failure is nothing more than a way to learn and get better for the next time. So to anyone out there thinking about calling it quits and giving up on their dreams; Don’t, it will all pay off someday. Read more>>


Joe Shaw | Podcast Host: The DTALKS Podcast & After the Encore

For me, podcasting has always been a passion project. “The DTALKS Podcast” is where I try to empower and educate folks to raise inclusive kids. It can be hard knowing if you’ve made an impact in the world. But, when I get those one-off messages from listeners telling me specifically how an episode has changed their life, I’m able to keep pushing. Over the last year I created a 2nd podcast “After the Encore” which is a long-form career retrospective music podcast where I take listeners behind the music of some of their favorite artists. Such as, The Reverend Shawn Amos, Tony Lucca, and Chris Kirkpatrick from *NSYNC. As much as I’ve enjoyed doing these podcast interviews I also struggled trying to figure out if the podcast was making an impact on anyone. Read more>>

Asha Owens | Singer/Songwriter & Business Owner

I can honestly say with extreme confidence, that giving up isn’t an option for me. I may take an intermission, but with the help of my divine father in heaven; he continuously gives me strength to keep going. Read more>>

Taylor Ratliff | Photographer

All creatives go through their ups and downs, but there is never a time to give up as long as you’re having fun and the passion is still there. Be you, stay true to yourself, keep working hard to perfect your craft and eventually it will payoff. Read more>>