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reading Seth Godin’s the Dip – Jeremy Turkin

The DIP by Seth Godin

by jturkin on January 3, 2011

Yesterday I declared my 10 events of 2011. My clairvoyance must be in full effect, because today I can already check one event off the list. I read a book.

The Dip, by Seth Godin. I subscribe to his blog. His daily posts are very succinct, but filled with much wisdom or thought-provoking questions. The Dip, albeit only 80 pages, are chock-full with career advice and knowing when to quit.

While the man is frequently redundant, he does find creative new ways to drive home the book’s theme: “never quit something with great long-term potential just because you can’t deal with the stress of the moment.”  This is in obvious contrast to Vince Lombardi’s oft-quoted, “winners never quit, and quitters never win.”

Godin argues, winners quit all the time, they quit the things that distract them from doing what they’re the best in. They stick with what they’re good at when it gets hard, and quit the things in which they’ll never be the best in the world.

I’m currently stuck in the Dip (the long slog between being a novice and becoming a master). I’ve heard multiple screenwriters say, it takes 5 to 10 years to make it.

That’s what the dip is. The years when a career or hobby gets hard without progressing too fast. This is where the weak are weeded out, and those truly dedicated become the scarce survivors – the few, the desired, the sought after.

On page 55, he asks, “Is the pain of the Dip worth the benefit of the light at the end of the tunnel?” I’m willing to give it a few years, but I’m betting it is.

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