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The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick) Hardcover – May 10, 2007
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- Winners quit (regroup. cut their losses, switch gears) whenever necessary on the path to winning.
- Be the best, and the world comes knocking at your door.
- Work through the pain, because the reward is waiting for you further down the road.
If any of these comments/suggestions seem unclear, take at look at The Dip.
If you understand already, you've just saved $12.95.
This is not a "how-to" book. It is meant to be a motivational piece of writing. Work hard... the financial rewards are greatest for the hardest worker. Work through "the dip," or that period where the gains don't seem to be coming as quickly as you'd like. Don't stop running the marathon at mile 25.
Look, the very successful don't read these books. The barely successful can't read these books. So it is written for the somewhat successful, or the person who is looking for "something" else. Here's the shortened version: "Work and study hard. Don't give up. Persevere. However, consider alternatives. Share this book with others."
Don't get me wrong... this is not, in any sense, a bad book, or a book giving bad advice. To me, the advice seems pretty obvious.
Work hard, play hard, and be well.
Those who focus on a market or skill do reap greater rewards than those who generalize. Among scholars, picking a tiny slice and expanding will reap big rewards. Remove distractions from your life.
Godin's power curves are very convincing. There is a huge difference between Number 1 and Number 2 when you look at ice cream flavors and box office sales. But sometimes a decision to rank lower can be strategic. Some gurus advise against aiming to be Number 1 or 2 on a search engine, because you'll get more tire-kicking clicks.
Much of Godin's advice makes sense for individual as well as corporate career planning. Most careers have dips. Many people find themselves in cul de sacs. What he calls "the cliff" resembles a comfort zone: "The longer you do it, the harder to quit." As a career consultant, I think the cliff is far more common than Godin suggests.
Two problems with this book:
(1) In real life, it's often hard to distinguish between a cul de sac and a dip and careers often morph from one to the other without warning.
In fact, the book's examples inadvertently demonstrate this ambiguity. On page 38, Godin suggests that the helpful mailroom clerk might rise to CEO. On page 62, Doug gets branded because he's been with the company too long: everyone remembers when he started.
We should note that Jeffrey Pfeffer's book, What Were They Thinking, actually contradicts Godin's tips on pages 38-39: Pfeffer suggests that CEO wannabes *not* suck it up but instead stand out.Read more ›
This book in my opinion is in the dip. It had a good start, but is far, far from being the best in the world on this important life changing subject. What the book needed badly is tools for evaluating when you should quit and when you should stick it out. This book felt like more of a rant then a serious study from an expert on the subject who has real life experience or who has worked through the process with a good number of people and learned effective tools to share with others.
It seem like Godin quit while still in the dip with writing this book. Maybe he should have followed his own advise and stuck it out and created something great, or quit before he published this book.
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A concise read helpful for anyone who is considering their options. A logical approach to deciding on the right career path.Published 12 hours ago by Kindle Customer
I emailed Seth Godin about a paragraph that talks about lawyers making the bar exam progressively harder so its better or eaiser for lawyer on the "other side" as Seth... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Sol Neuhardt
Of all the books i have read concerning these subjects this one seems like a real cash grab. I wish i could get my money back. This text does not have depth. Read morePublished 13 days ago by James Huffines
The premise of the book is very obvious: persevere in the road to mastery. Yeah, thanks for that. And your "be number 1 or quit" motivational crap at the beginning had me... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Pedro Vivas
A very quick read that will help you make big decisions in life. While the content is very practical and straightforward, Seth gives context to looking at the dip from a variety of... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Maurice
Author says you need to be the best in the world, or quit, never settle for average. Well, that shows complete ignorance of basic statistics. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nadia P.
I really enjoyed this book. It helped me to get out of a rut in teal I life. Buy thisPublished 1 month ago by TCON
Great way to start a thought process within yourself. When we're all struggling, bring out this book to re-assess where you're at.Published 1 month ago by Josh Gauthier