I’m reading through Seth Godin’s book The Dip — a book communicating when to quit and when to stick with it. It can apply to any facet of life.
Here are some concepts that I walked away with…
- If the tough times were easy to get through… everybody would be on the other side.
- Getting through the Dip (i.e. the valley, the tough times, the negative comments, the slumping of sales, etc) is the challenge and completing puts you on the other side where few are standing.
- You need to determine, quickly, if you’re ready to take on the Dip. Sometimes quitting is smarter than sticking in the humdrum job that makes life mediocre. Stop doing a million things.
I believe Moses, Job, Joseph, Thomas Edison, Abraham Lincoln, Milton Hershey (and many more) might have felt “the dip” at one point or another.
These people took on adversity (or moments of hurdles) and presented it in the form of success later in life.
We see it all the time in movies. The character needs to be “transformed” through his/her tough circumstance. So we see him “work” through the problem and come out on the other side triumphant. The problem is that we see him do this in a 4-minute song. So when we finish the movie inspired to “rock the world” with OUR quest… we wonder why we can’t make it. We hit the wall and wonder where all the people are that should be cheering us on… or watching how we “grit” through it. But they’re not around… and we have to finish it all by ourselves. So when no one is there to motivate us, OR the inspirational music isn’t playing… it’s easier to lie there and say, “No one’s looking… I think I’ll just stop.” Realize that nothing gets accomplished in a 4-minute song (unless of course your challenge is to write a 4-minute inspirational song for a movie that I just described).
It takes the ability to evaluate if you’re “in it” for the long haul and persist through it.
The Business Practice:
Persevering through the challenges to eventually stand on a hill that few have climbed.
The Biblical Principle:
2Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
The basic principle of “perseverance” is key in life. Hanging in there, stick-with-it-ness, a resolve despite difficulties is a practice that we all can, and should, work through.
- Hang in there during the times when your business seems to be slowing down.
- Hang in there during the time when homeschooling seems to be a tiresome climb.
- Hang in there when your classes seem to overwhelm you.
- Hang in there when you’re not sure if your blog will communicate importance.
- Be brave at your workplace and exemplify to others your value for “family-time”.
- Process those ideas that have been spinning in your head — they’re there to bring you to another level.
- Finish that garden you started.
- Jump back on that treadmill.
- Pick up that pen and start writing again.
So the question?
Are you ready to stand on the hill that few have walked on?
Read about some perseverance people!