November 13, 2012

How is your project progressing?

“Quit or be exceptional.” 
Whatever we are doing, we need to look forward. Looking back time after time and checking our progress can be helpful as well. In fact, when facing huge obstacles we are no longer seeing what’s next. We find ourselves in the dip as Seth Goding, author of 'The dip' describes it.

“The dip is the long slog between starting and mastery.” 

Because one of my project was not really moving forward, I started to think about what was holding me back and how to fix it. To be honest, I believe that I have wonderful instincts on what to do, but this time I wanted to prove to myself that the choice I was going to make was better than all the available other choices. Therefore I took my time to read the book.

The dip helps evaluate current status of a project, and depending on it suggests either to quit or to stick. The author explains that being in the dip is not a bad thing. Contrary, it is an opportunity to brainstorm and make things better. He encourages people to quit and discourage them to do so at the same time. Basically he suggests that every beginning is exciting, but if you want to succeed, you need to overcome this 'dip' that follows each joyful beginning. Only few hold to their plans and ideas, while many give up. Consequently, there are only a few of those who succeed.

“A woodpecker can tap twenty times on a thousand trees and get nowhere, but stay busy. Or he can tap twenty thousand times on one tree and get dinner.” 

Godin encourages to abandon the approach that don't work or don't work well, but not the aims. Those, who adapt to realities are the winners, while people who neither quit nor change are wasting their time and energy.  He recommends to strive being the best in the chosen field in order to succeed. And it is not a mission impossible if we consider that there are many different micro-markets on the globe, as Godin suggests.

“The opposite of quitting isn’t “waiting around". No, the opposite of quitting is rededication. The opposite of quitting is an invigorated new strategy designed to break the problem apart.”

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