- In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the human spirit. – Albert Schweitzer
- Know when to speak; for many times it brings danger to give the best advice to kings. – Robert Herrick
- The best motivation consists of getting a player to understand that his self-interest and the team’s are inextricably bound up. – Walter Kiechel III
- Success is not the result of sponteneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire. – Reggie Leach
- It’s not whether you get knocked down. It’s whether you get up again. – Vince Lombardi
- Judge your success by the degree that you’re enjoying peace, health, and love.
- Understand that happiness is not based on possessions, power, or prestige, but on relationships with people you love and respect.
- Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll get to enjoy it a second time.
- Be charitable in your speech, actions, and judgement.
- Remember that a minute of anger denies you sixty seconds of happiness.
In 2004, my sisterly friend Seema gifted me this excellent book called “The Complete Life’s Little Instruction Book”. It has 1560 instructions in it and all are gems. This book has helped me a lot in aligning/adjusting my thoughts and actions. Thanks for the gift and I would like to add one point from my side –
6. Give the gift of positive books, you never know how it will shape someone future.
Thanks for reading and have a great day!
It was my first book from Seth Godin, and he talks about strategic quitting in this book. Here is my own interpretation of
What is a dip – its a temporary situation when you feel like stuck, the results are not convincing and success seems impossible. Dip can also be considered as a situation similar to a dead-end assignment with no progress and feel like wasting time and energy.
Strategic quitting is good – when we know things won’t work out in our favor or input exceeds far beyond the value of output; quitting can be right choice. Its similar to cancelling the project or closing a business when things are not working out the way expected (no profit).
When to stick– is this goal worth pursuing or not? Are you having fun doing this work, learning some new skills and also extracting some future benefits? Can you treat it as sharpening your saw (skill) for the next move? Can you treat it as launch pad? Yes, then sticking is good.
Is it possible to know if its right time to quit – personally, I do not think so. One has to take chances. The point is, if you quit- quit without guilt. If you plan to stick and later find out that you are going nowhere; do not make it an issue of pride; if quitting is the right thing; just do it. If you have some clue that you can get out of the dip and it will be great reward at the end – hang in there.
My Take – Strategic quitting is just like a well thought out Exit Plan. Every opportunity has at least some risks involved and an exit plan is always needed. Dip is a risk if we are not equipped and inspired to get out of it. Risk planning tells us that we should have some contingency plan in place and build plans to avoid and react to the risk. One size does not fit all in this case and Seth Godin does not claim to offer any formula; but gives a perspective, another option to consider.
What you think? Did I get it right? I am open for your suggestions. You can find more info on Phil Windley’s Technometrial page on The Dip here.
Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!