Reading "the dip"
It’s great to be on spring break, we all needed the rest. I snapped this pic on our long walk through the park today, following the things Jack and Annie see in “Blizzard of the Blue Moon”, one of the Magic Tree House books. We found Baldo, the angel fountain and Belvedere Castle, and on Tuesday we’ll go to the Cloisters to see the unicorn tapestries.
This evening I read “the dip” by Seth Godin. His description of the dip reminded me of the 10,000 hours of practice it takes to become really great at something. Not that getting through the dip takes that long, but that most people will give up in the middle of the dip when they get to be just OK at something and are not prepared to pay the price to become great. Seth also talks about the need to quit sometimes: to quit the things that aren’t working or the things that we are not passionate about. This is something that I have tried to do more of recently, although I have thought of it as ‘focusing’. I feel encouraged to continue my efforts – I am so curious that I find it hard to be as single-minded as I need to be.
The book is very short and approachable and I read it in about an hour, but I’ll be thinking about its implications for much, much longer.