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Quitting and Sticking More Effectively

Quitting and Sticking More Effectively

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Are you the best at what you do?   Could you be the best at something else?  How do you know when to hold'em?  How do you know when to fold'em?

The Gambler teaches us:

"You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em.
Know when to walk away, and know when to run."

... But where's the prescriptive guidance?  Luckily, there's Seth Godin and The Dip.  In the book, the Dip, Seth teaches us:

"Winners quit fast, quit often, and quit without guilt -- until they commit to beating the right Dip for the right reasons.  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."

I wrote up my Lessons Learned from the Dip on Sources of Insight.