Today I read this book… yes, I read an entire book in less than a days time… that really made things seem so simple. The book is called The Dip. I highly recommend taking a little time out of your day to give this one a read. It is a light read that states everything that you probably already know but you never really act on: quit something when the short term pain/losses aren’t worth it in the long run and stick with the things that are rough now but will pay off in the end.
Seems so simple when I summarize it like that, doesn’t it? But sadly, you never really hear of successful people quitting something…or is that sad? I think that could that be part of the reason they are successful. Because they quit things that won’t lead them anywhere in the end and only focus their time and energy on the things that will inevitably push them to be a better person.
If that IS true, why doesn’t everyone do that? Here’s my theory on this: even though quitting something that won’t lead anywhere later is a benefit to you (since you can then focus your time, energy and resouces on things that will be a benefit to you-short term or long term), a person still feels as though they failed. You are taught in life that you don’t want to be seen as a failure (which is also something that Godin talks about in the book).
So the question then is not whether or not quitting is a good thing (Godin has this one covered in the book) the REAL question is – How do you change your mindset to accept that quitting things at the right time doesn’t make you a failure, it makes you smart and successful?