Knowing When to Quit (The Dip – Seth Godin)

The Dip - The Cover -

The Dip, by Seth Godin

The Dip

To Quit or To Stick ?

I felt lucked out after reading this book. A book that Kania Audrint recommended to me. And guess what, she lend her book to me because she really believe that this will going to be useful for me. Big thanks to her.

Stop. Quit. Or whatever you might said. It really become a bad thing for most of people. It felt like a looser when you choose to quit. There was a felt of guilty when someone choose to quit.

This book has thought me the different side of  “quitting”. In his thin book, Seth Godin has briefly explained about “the right quit”. Not every “quitting” is an awful thing. Sometimes we need to quit.

This book teaches how to get “the right quit”.

Winners are quit for reasons.
Losers are quit often and quickly.
Winners are getting advantages for being quit.
Losers are quit for nothing.

To achieve “the right-quit”, we have to recognize the situation we face. Is it a Dip, a Cul-de-Sac, or a Cliff.

The Dip

Is the point where everything going bad. Just like when you learn something new. At first you will be full of excitement. But along the lines, the effort is getting bigger, and the excitement is blurring. It is a moment when everything seems to be worsen then before. And the excitement is gone. Then you mentally (so does physically) down.

The Dip Curve

The Dip's Curve

The Cul-de-Sac

Cul-de-Sac is boring. A flat situation. Not much challenge. It will only lead you to failure. Fail to grow bigger.

The Cliff

At first, The Cliff is full of excitement. Just like The Dip. The excitement is getting higher along with the bigger result that you can get. But this excitement is just last for a while. At end, you realize that you go nowhere! The excitement is slowly disappear. And so does the result that you get. Just like The Cul-de-Sac, The Cliff will only lead you to failure.

The Cliff and Cul-de-Sac Curve

The Cliff and The Cul-de-Sac's Curve

What Should I Do When I Bump into The Dip? The Cul-de-sac? The Cliff?

If you face a cliff or a cul-de-sac, surely you should find a bigger challenge in your life. This is “the right quit”. But if you meet a dip, there’s the opportunity for you to become MORE success than ever. You just have to try harder and be more patient than before.

But is every Dip should we conquer with “trying harder” and “being more patient”?

The answer is NO. Because when you find-out that what you struggle for is unworthy. Or you just realize that you’ve been out-of-line, far away from your deepest-principles, your early-vision, YOU SHOULD LEAVE A DIP. This is another “the right quit” that Seth Godin trying to say.

Urgently Required : a Skill to Recognizing The Dip, The Cul-de-Sac, and The Cliff

Surely we have to improve the skill on recognizing three of them. A failure to recognizing them will occurs a wrong life-time decision! And I won’t tell “the how” in this review. You have to read the book! Hahaa.. I just telling you my short point of view. That’s why we called it “re-view”, didn’t we?

At Last …

A simple tips from me : Practice, practice, and practice! AND read this book!

And when everything went wrong, remember this one :

Experience is what you got when you don’t get what you want.

OK. It’s a wrap!

Have a GREAT day, friends!

Link : Seth Godin blog about The Dip


2 thoughts on “Knowing When to Quit (The Dip – Seth Godin)

  1. Pu.. may I cite yours? its absolutely inspire me up, Alhamdulillah.. ^^
    where did Kania got many motivating great books?
    syukroon.. =)

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