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Friday, April 27, 2007

Quitting To Win

Dr. Spencer Johnson brought out the importance of change and how human beings should flow with change. He argued through his widely read book who moved my cheese that change should be viewed as a strong motivator in one's pursuit of wholeness and that change is to be expected and welcomed, not shunned away from
Seth Godin, one of my favorite writer, has a new site,The Dip, aimed at promoting his new book by the same name. The Street.com interview gives an insight into the theme of the book. Seth profiled a number of "quitters" who eventually went on to launch some of the most innovative businesses in the world – the likes of Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Michael Bloomberg. Seth argues that sometimes you just need to "quit" to break the mould and create the next best thing in life. A master communicator his words flow out so well. He adds, Beware of quitting when you're in the depths of the dip and the pain seems greatest & that being a quitter isn't enough - you have to be a premeditated quitter.

"The old saying is wrong - winners do quit, and quitters do win.
Every new project (or job, or hobby, or company) starts out exciting and fun. Then it gets harder and less fun, until it hits a low point - really hard, and not much fun at all.
And then you find yourself asking if the goal is even worth the hassle. Maybe you're in a Dip - a temporary setback that will get better if you keep pushing. But maybe it's really a Cul-de-Sac, which will never get better, no matter how hard you try.
What really sets superstars apart from everyone else is the ability to escape dead ends quickly, while staying focused and motivated when it really counts.
Winners quit fast, quit often, and quit without guilt - until they commit to beating the right Dip for the right reasons. In fact, winners seek out the Dip. They realize that the bigger the barrier, the bigger the reward for getting past it. If you can become number one in your niche, you'll get more than your fair share of profits, glory, and long-term security.
Losers, on the other hand, fall into two basic traps. Either they fail to stick out the Dip-they get to the moment of truth and then give up-or they never even find the right Dip to conquer."

Common sense is evident in its presence in good measure - one can see that when he says,” If you try to master a lot of things, says Godin, all of them will either fail or become lukewarm successes. "On the other hand, once you learn how to master something, you get good at mastery, and that skill will help you master the next one."

I almost finished compiling this post when I saw this humourous posts by fellow irregulars, Anshu Sharma & James Governor asking if Shai Agassi must have read this before he took the big decision.

So for those beginning to feel edgy in life – next step : Plan your quit moves. You may end up changing many things in your life and for the world.

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