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?

Yessica Tellez | Small Business Owner | Business Student

I don’t like the word “give up”, I rather use change of interest or taking a pause. I believe in gut feeling; our bodies know the answers if only we pay attention to the signs. Growing up as a first-generation Latina with immigrant parents holds so much pressure of being successful and making our parents proud, an “giving up” on dreams and aspirations might come to mind if things don’t come as planned. Read more>>

Desiree Ibañez | Creative Director

At the end of the day- to this very point in time, you decided to keep going as many times as you wanted to give up. You chose to keep going every. time. you wanted to give up. There isn’t exactly a “knowing” on “when to give up” and really I couldn’t tell a soul to give up on chasing anything they’re after- I can only hope they look back at the many times they wanted to give up- but didn’t. Read more>>

Julyen & Karen Juarez-Sigala | Proud Owners of Pikosito Riko

Jennifer Diaz once said, “Fulfilling your dreams will take facing your biggest fears, quieting your pride, and multiple failed attempts. Getting back up and trying again is how you become the version of yourself who accomplishes great things.” We want to be able to not only make our dreams a reality but also we want to inspire others. Giving up is the easiest part but getting back up and deciding to keep going is strength. Truth is, there will be days that you will feel like calling it quits but there will also be days when you will stand there and admire how far you have come. And that feeling will make everything worthwhile. Read more>>

Ebony Tiara | Event Entertainment Coordinator

Wielding your own business discouraging times will arise. I focus heavily on the motto “WHO CAN OUT WORK ME ?” With this always in mind I feel I cannot be beat ! I focus more on my WINS, ACCOMPLISHMENTS ,AND THINGS I HAVE OVERCOME , rather than my looses . The competitors in my market don’t discourage or intimidate me . HOW SO ? My brand is built and sold on being an “experience” . What we’re offering cant be duplicated nor replaced . . . You’ve got to book PITCHA PURRFECT LLC to get the vibe and the quality experience we provide with our services . The reactions and energy my clients bring are enough alone to keep me going ! Read more>>

Monique Rennier | Licensed Esthetician, Founder and Owner of Melanin Skin Studio and LUMAR skincare

The day I no longer have a passion to help others feel good about themselves will be the day I retire my Esthetician license…LOL…This is a tough question because it really depends on the person and what they’re dealing with. For me starting my own business was a promise. I believe It was my gift from above and I feel that it’s my duty to share my gift with the world. I want this so bad-giving up hasn’t really crossed my mind. Don’t get me wrong, there are moments where I second-guessed my choices, I sometimes wonder if I moved too quickly without fully planning and knowing the whole risk. Read more>>

Elle B. | Kosmic Being & Spiritual Advisor

It is the inspiration from an internal conversation that drives the motivation for my souls purpose to be fulfilled & exasperated Read more>>