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It’s funny: Every book I’ve read this year has been so good. I have not been disappointed yet. Also quite intriguing is the fact that when I get to the end of a week, I’m introduced to a brand new book through a conversation, email, or something as simple as a Facebook comment. I had a huge list of books I compiled when I started the year, but it seems as if God has another agenda. Week-to-week inspiration!

“All our successes are the same. All our failures are too. We succeed when we do something remarkable. We fail when we give up too soon. We succeed when we are the best in the world at what we do. We fail when we get distracted by tasks we don’t have the guts to quit.”

–Seth Godin

This quote sums up the very inspiring and eye opening book, The Dip. It’s all about whether you should quit. Not fail, but strategically quit.

I’ve read books by Seth Godin in the past and they’ve always been interesting. Mainly because he’ll take something you kind of have a little bit of understanding about, and then unpack it or describe it in a way that is just plain cool. He puts meat on something you’ve been mulling in your head for years.

A “Dip” is when your endeavor gets to the point of no return, or to the point of peak pain. We all face Dips in many areas of our lives, including relationships and jobs. Dips can occur while writing a book, exercising or even in our diets. Most people walk at that moment, but the best in the world make it through the Dip. If you want to be the best at something, you have to go through some hard times. We sometimes look at someone’s success and think, “I could do that,” when in reality, even if we could, we wouldn’t. We’d let the Dip stop us. We don’t see the Dips someone went through to get where they are today–the price paid for success.

Get a copy of The Dip.  It’s an easy and very fun read, especially if you want to be the best!

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