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3.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Book (for the person who needs to be told the obvious), May 22, 2007
This review is from: The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick) (Hardcover)
The Dip, by Seth Godin, is a very small book (80 pages) that says, in short:

- 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.
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Initial post: Jul 16, 2007 8:01:22 AM PDT
Your points are well understood.

However, the book IS valuable since there are A LOT of people that need to be told the 'obvious'. :)

I hope this wasn't your first Seth Godin read, if so, give "Small is the New Big" a chance, it might give you a few more ideas that aren't so 'obvious'.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2007 6:44:30 PM PDT
It was my first, and thanks for the tip about Small is the New Big.

Posted on Jul 28, 2007 8:30:13 PM PDT
Victor says:
Excellent review, thanks for the highly sensible and realistic point of view.

Posted on Dec 10, 2007 8:43:41 PM PST
Mike says:
I watched a video clip of Godin discussing this book on SellingPower.com (http://www.sellingpower.com/video/index.asp) and you're 100% right. It's all common sense, and your comment "written for the somewhat successful" would appear on the front cover if truth in labeling laws were strictly enforced. Godin's carved out a nice little niche as an author of slim volumes at a premium price. You really did nail the book's entire premise with your three "bullet point" statements. Excellent post.

Posted on Oct 3, 2009 11:17:56 AM PDT
D. Moore says:
ditto

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2009 11:33:12 AM PST
Small is the new big?

What was the old big?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2011 12:55:00 AM PDT
Brent says:
Big was the old big. Girls were girls and boys were boys. All you needed was an RC Cola and a Moonpie and you were sittin' on cloud 9.

Posted on Jun 17, 2012 4:13:15 PM PDT
Perry says:
I was worried that this was one of "those" books. And, thanks to your review, I've saved myself some time and money. Thank you. I feel more successful already.

Posted on Oct 13, 2012 4:48:52 AM PDT
Nanciejeanne says:
You forgot point number four!:
-write some info-light, but still-expensive books to sell! ha ha!

Posted on Jun 23, 2013 10:25:50 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 23, 2013 10:26:23 AM PDT
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