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Book Review: "The Dip" by Seth Godin

The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick)The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit by Seth Godin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a very quick read, which I appreciated. Godin is inspirational and motivational in his writing. The entire book focuses on one idea: recognizing when your efforts are going to be worth it and either sticking or quitting depending on whether it's worth it. There are lots of examples that make what he's talking about more real.

It's the kind of book that when you're done reading it, you think it's simple common sense. But when you look around, you realize that no one is employing the common sense that Godin describes. The book is challenging me to re-examine my priorities, look at what I'm spending my time, effort, and money on, and decide what I need to quit, what I need to stick with, and what I need to tweak.

The copy I read was borrowed from a friend, but I might actually buy my own copy so I can reread it every now and then. As quick as it is to read, it's the kind of book that will probably bear well on multiple readings over time.

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macdonst
Aug. 4th, 2011 06:17 pm (UTC)
The Dip
I read The Dip almost 4 years ago and it prompted me to move from a job where I was working my @$$ off and getting no where and burning myself out to a new job which has been very rewarding. I really think this is a great book.
drmellow
Aug. 4th, 2011 06:19 pm (UTC)
Re: The Dip
Yeah, I may be in a similar place you were in four years ago. I'm trying to get my ducks in a row now.
meep
Aug. 5th, 2011 01:09 am (UTC)
In my case, it wasn't a dip.... it was a cliff.

I really needed to have quit 2 months before I did, but then I wouldn't necessarily have found the job I did. I'm very happy where I am now.
drmellow
Aug. 5th, 2011 12:37 pm (UTC)
It's funny, and kinda sad. The main thing that's keeping me "content" in my cul-de-sac of a job is that because I have so much time in the company already, I have a lot of vacation days. I would almost surely lose those were I to start working somewhere else.

The example of Michael Crichton leaving his medical career to be a writer -- after having conquered the dip associated with medical careers -- was particularly eye-opening to me.
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