Seth Godin’s The Dip
Whether you’re running a struggling business, trying to resuscitate a dying brand, or simply stuck in a dead-end job or a bad relationship, Godin asks you a most pertinent question in his book: are you in a dip, a cul-de-sac or a dead-end? Essentially, he’s asking if you can see light at the end of the tunnel.
Average Is For Losers
Whether you’re an entrepreneur or professional, Godin makes it pretty clear – either be exceptional in your field, or quit. “Being average is for losers”, he writes. It’s a similar sentiment echoed by inspirational speaker and entrepreneur James Sun.
Godin makes it clear that quitting is not a bad thing, that smart quitters know it’s about opportunity cost. Here’s what he says:
What a spectacularly piece of bad advice.
Actually, quitting as a short-term strategy is a bad idea. Quitting for the long term is an excellent idea.
I think the advice-giver meant to say, “Never quit something with great long-term potential just because you can’t deal with the stress of the moment.” Now that’s good advice.
I must say – I’ve picked this book up at exactly the right time. As far as a book goes, it’s pretty thin – you can easily finish it on a short-haul flight. But despite its size, it’s made me think long and hard about my own life a couple of months back. And today, I’ve gotten out of that dip.
If you’re stuck in a dip, perhaps the book will speak to you as it had to me.
Daniel Goh is the founder and chief editor of Young | Upstarts, as well as an F&B entrepreneur. Daniel has a background in public relations, and is interested in issues in entrepreneurship, small business, marketing, public relations and the online space. He can be reached at daniel [at] youngupstarts [dot] com.