In the book, The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick), Seth Godin teaches us why we should always strive to be “the best in the world.” Here are my reflections on the topics discussed in the book.
Towards the end of the book, Seth asked the following thought-provoking questions (in bold). Here are my answers.
- Can we make the world smaller? By making the world smaller (through a more focused effort), we put ourselves in a better position to be the best in the world.
- Does it make sense to submit a résumé to every single ad on Craigslist, just to see what happens? Naturally not but many of us tend to do something like it when we are in between projects.
- If I like my job, is it time to quit? If your job is turning into a status quo, it is probably better to plan to quit rather than having the quitting being forced upon you.
- Is doing nothing better than planning on quitting and then doing something great? I believe the answer should be “No.” Doing something great is always better than remaining status quo.
- Are you avoiding the remarkable as a way of quitting without quitting? For most of us most of the time, the answer is probably a “Yes.” I hope more and more of us are turning that answer into a “No.”
In conclusion, it is just like what Seth said, “If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.”