My Dips

A couple of days ago I shared some highlights from Seth Godin‘s The Dip. This book really has me thinking about what I need to quit and where I need to stick things out.

So I’ve been reflecting on some other ‘dips’ in my life and the results when I’ve chosen to stick it out – to push through rather than quit. (Godin defines “the dip” as a temporary setback that you will overcome if you keep pushing”.)

Here are a couple of ‘dips’ that I’ve experienced:

  1. The Running Dip – until about 6 months ago I had never run more than 2 or 3 miles consecutively and I wasn’t sure that it was even possible for me to run farther than that. What I’ve discovered is that I hit a ‘dip’ between miles 2 and 3. If I push through it I hit my stride and am good for 8, 10, 12 miles. Had a good friend never challenged me to train for the 1/2 marathon I would have never experienced pushing through ‘the dip’.
  2. The Education Dip – the summer after my sophomore year of college I did an internship at the company I hoped to work for some day. That internship turned into a job offer that I jumped at, but had to quit school for a time. This unfinished goal haunted me and definitely felt like a ‘dip’, so I went back to school while working full-time for almost three years until I earned that diploma.

What ‘Dips’ have you successfully pushed through?

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