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Weekend Inspiration: The Dip by Seth Godin

A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick)

 
the Dip, by Seth GodinSeth Godin

"Being The Best in the World is Seriously Underrated"

The old saying is wrong-winners do quit, and quitters do win.

When you think of Seth Godin's many remarkable books, titles like Permission Marketing, Purple Cow and Small is the New Big probably pop into your head. Welcome to our Weekend Inspiration podcast series with Peter Clayton. Today, we're featuring a little book by Seth (it's only 80 pages) titled the Dip.

Every new project (or job, or hobby, or company) starts out exciting and fun. Then it gets harder and less fun, until it hits a low point-really hard, and not much fun at all.

And then you find yourself asking if the goal is even worth the hassle. Maybe you're in a Dip - a temporary setback that will get better 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 bestselling 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. (Think Google). 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.

Please let us know what you think of the Weekend Inspiration series here on TotalPicture Radio, by posting a comment, and if you'd like to recommend a book for us to review.

Peter Clayton

About Peter Clayton

Peter Clayton, Producer/Host, is an award-winning producer/director of radio, television, documentary, video, interactive and Web-based media who has created breakthrough media for a wide array of Fortune 100 clients.

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