- Audio CD
- Publisher: Do You Zoom! Inc. (2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0979433703
- ISBN-13: 978-0979433702
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 4.9 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (459 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,670,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Dip (When to Quit and When to Stick) Audio CD – Abridged, 2008
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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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Loved it! Short simple informational.. Lots of great little nuggets. I will now be re-examining my whole entire life now.Published 7 days ago by Ash
This book was discussed at our church, and it was suggested I buy it so I did. I love it. I plan to give a devotion at a bible study soon using this book. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great point to consider when in business for yourself, dive in and hang on or get out because your not in it for the long haul.Published 9 days ago by rebeecca
My partner recommended me to read this book when I was having doubts about certain things. It's helped me a lot to rethink about questions that plagued my mind. Read morePublished 17 days ago by J. Huang
An incredibly disappointing book. There were no strategies or indicators of when and why to quit. Just the phrase, "Be the best in the world" repeated over and over. Read morePublished 22 days ago by RajKelus
Interesting perspective - generally I prefer books that discuss things in a bit more depth.Published 1 month ago by Deana
This was a quick read. It coaches to understand priorities and quit unnecessary work and realign focus.Published 1 month ago by Ankur Patwa