And then you find yourself asking if the goal is even worth the hassle. Maybe you're in a Dip: a temporary setback that you will overcome if you keep pushing. But maybe it's really a Cul-de-Sac, which will never get better, no matter how hard you try.
According to best-selling author Seth Godin, what really sets superstars apart from everyone else is the ability to escape dead ends quickly while staying focused and motivated when it really counts.
Winners quit fast, quit often, and quit without guilt: until they commit to beating the right Dip for the right reasons. In fact, winners seek out the Dip. They realize that the bigger the barrier, the bigger the reward for getting past it. If you can become number one in your niche, you'll get more than your fair share of profits, glory, and long-term security.
Losers, on the other hand, fall into two basic traps. Either they fail to stick out the Dip - they get to the moment of truth and then give up - or they never even find the right Dip to conquer.
Whether you're a graphic designer, a sales rep, an athlete, or an aspiring CEO, this fun little book will help you figure out if you're in a Dip that's worthy of your time, effort, and talents. If you are, The Dip will inspire you to hang tough. If not, it will help you find the courage to quit so you can be number one at something else.
Seth Godin doesn't claim to have all the answers. But he will teach you how to ask the right questions.
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I generally love Seth Godin's work, but The Dip, a book about the merits of quitting, was a meandering stream of consciousness essay that lacked substance and research.
As an opening act, the book tries to convince you that you should aim to be best in the world. "If you are not sold on being the best in the world, you probably don't need the rest of what I am about to tell you.", author says around 12th minute, and this sentence was nerving. I am not interested in being sold on being the best in the world! I am interested in making smart decisions about quitting.
The book keeps going on the being-the-best idea for quite a while. Making smart decisions about when to quit and when to persevere has no what-so-ever correlation with being the best. Therefore in my opinion the book does not deliver what its title implies (will teach you when to quit or stick).
Examples I can remember either are too obvious: e.g. deciding to learn snowboarding,
a. you do the brave thing, start and go through the tough parts, and complete
b. you do the mature thing, evaluate and decide it is not something you want to do
c. you decide to learn, spent a lot of money and time, and quit, which is the stupid thing to do.
Or too vague: if you do not see light at the end of the tunnel, then maybe it is time to quit?
Or logically faulty: Any of the 42000 graduates can become the best, but they did not, because they quit because of one reason or another.
The author puts these in a much more attractive way than I did (and if you read all #1556# characters of my review, then, since you persevere as I do, you might still find the book worthy. After all, I am not saying it is totally worthless. Just don't have high hopes!)
I'm usually a big Seth Godin fan but this book was terrible! He spends an hour and a half telling you that if you cant be #1 then quit, if there is no light at the tunnel then quit, and don't imagine a light at the tunnel if there is none. Over and over.
What he doesn't say is how to know if there is a light at the end of the tunnel or if you are imagining one. When you have a great business idea, you always think there's light at the end of the tunnel but you might work for years in vain. This book doesn't teach you how to evaluate opportunities, how to know when to quit, how to know what's on the other side of the dip. It reads like a rough draft that should come back with repetitive sections crossed out and the words "needs to include more practical advice" on it.
I could have gotten the same advice from one paragraph about Jack Welsh. Godin just says if there is a big payoff after the dip then you should stay on track but if there's not then quit and don't be average. Duh. I think his editor should quit.
“Quitters never win and winners never quit.” So said American football legend Vince Lombardi in what has become conventional wisdom.
But sometimes, conventional wisdom isn’t very wise. In his little book, the dip, Seth Godin claims that winners quit all the time. They just quit the right stuff at the right time.
In order to go forward, we often have to QUIT something.
Seth Godin says that initiatives, jobs, hobbies and companies start out exciting and fun. After an exciting start, we experience “the dip,” a time when we get discouraged and feel like giving up.
The dip can be a temporary setback and will get better if you push through it. But it also might be a cul-de-sac (dead end) or a cliff that will be your certain demise.
A key is knowing how to read the dips and respond appropriately. Should you push through that job you hate, or abandon the dead end or cliff? Perhaps quitting is exactly what you need to do in order to go forward.
The dip is one of two books on quitting I’ve read recently. The other is Quitter by Jon Acuff.
Both authors claim that quitting is not always wrong; in fact, strategic quitting can be fantastic!
Though the style is very different, both books examine the subject, though from different angles.
The Dip and Quitter inspired me to write an article on my blog.
Poet, Musician, Songwriter, Author of The Dishwasher's Son
If you are a writer, you know the dip. It often comes after your first few weeks of writing a new book, after the subject is no longer fresh, the story is pretty much fleshed out, or your outline is fairly complete. . . then boredom sets in. The new challenges that stimulated you into all that hard work earlier, are no longer interesting. Now the hard, boring, day to day work comes in. The poring over your every word, comma and plot point--many times over. You are in the dip. The thing that separates the pros from the wanna-bees. This audio makes this concept very real, which also makes it very possible to overcome. It also may help you with finding out just how vested you are in a story or book, and if you should quit or persevere. This book is definitely worth a listen.
Have a renewed interest in books after falling in love with audio books. I am listening to all different genres and exploring different authors.
I listened to this audilble book twice. It was EXACTLY what I needed as I consider my current work situation. I am in Human Resources, and I will definitely recommend this book to my colleagues and anyone who gives advice or coaching to others. However, I would not recommend this to someone who cannot be objective about their situation. If you are too emotionally involved in a decision (about quitting) than you will only hear what you want to hear in the book. The book is too short and some comments need more explanation or more clarification. If you don't think about the decision objectively, you may only chose the decision that you emotionally want.
Sometimes this book seemed wandering and self-contradictory (on my first listen), but that just meant I really had to engage with the material and think hard about what Seth was saying. I came away from this quick listen with two main new ideas: I should always ask myself whether I will make it past the dip if I start something, and that when I do find something I will persevere in, the dip is my friend because it will weed out my less committed competition. I always remember now to do what others won't and I will succeed over them.
"Can't beat a bit of Godin..."
The latest from Seth fails to disappoint, having listened to every one of his books on Audible...I find them simply superb to inspire me on the 40 minute cycle to work each day...I work in marketing so they fill me with ideas of who to call, what to research and how to work more efficiently.
I would say The Dip is more singularly focussed than any of his other titles, and I didn't take many different ideas away, but just the one message well reinforced of when to quit and when to stick...in my work and personal life.
If you want an introduction to Seth Godin, then I'd recommend The Big Moo or All Marketers are Liars first....The Dip is better for experienced Godin devotees...but when you're ready, go for it!
"A nice little read!"
Seth Godin's writing and reading style is extremely interesting and his metaphors insightful. In this book "The Dip" he explains why, in his belief, some companies and individuals succeed and why others fail. By fail, Godin explains, they merely stop trying to get out of "The Dip". In everything we do we experience a dip, for example in the book, Godin gives an example of how many people would like to Snowboard but the Dip is the falling over, the sore joints, the cold etc and they give up. People face the dip and can hammer through and get to the other side or they can give up. Every professional in any field has faced this "Dip" but it's whether they've made it through or not that counts. Sometimes it's better to given in and accept that the Dip is too big, you don't have enough, time energy or capital to get through so facing it is the best option. Jack "the neutron" Welsh quit in the dip of many of GE's product lines. He decided that he would only allow GE to compete in an market where they could be place number 1 or number 2 in that market and devote thir time and revenue to those pursuits.
The book is full of little gems of information for such a small book and if you are interested in marketing then it's certainly a nice read. The book doesn't come out with anything very original except for the metaphors. One especially interesting one was that of the bicycle wheel and how starting to pump it is similar to starting the marketing process. The first few blasts of air/efforts are lost in the large market and it's not until we come to an equilibrium that it becomes effective.
In conclusion, it's a nice book to get in a sale but if you are looking for something on marketing with a bit of meat to it, then have a look at Godin's other titles "Permission Marketing" or "All marketers are Liars" both are excellent!
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An extended blog post that contains a lot of repetition. I didn't blow me away.
"Well worth a listen"
Short and sweet. Godin gets the message across clearly and concisely. It's easy to digest his message in a single listen and to apply his logic to your own situation.
Wow! Seth has produced a kick-up-the-backside book! Blisteringly simple! On Point! What a read! Love it!
Inevitability Coach at 5sense Management Technologies Ltd
"Quit or not to quit?"
Good book for those with many ideas and when to let go of some or whether to pursue ahead.
"Good message but very poor value for money"
Yes, it was a message that made me think put forward in a very concise way.
Seth has one idea and instead of string it out into a long book with loads of repetition he just explains it in a clear way and that is good.
The audio book just ends suddenly. It felt that there was more to say
This book is very poor value for money. It essentially feels like two chapters from a normal book taken to make into a short (1:45) audio book. Considering normal books of this type tend to be 5-7 hours. For one credit I could even have had something like Don Quixote at 36 hours so it is very poor value for money. I listened to it in two drives to work normally I would expect something to last me a week or two.
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