The Dip is probably one of the best books that I have read so far this year. I liked Seth Godin's way of writing - very readable. And there's something about the way he wrote this book that every time I read it (I read it again over the weekend, by the pool, whilst recovering from a hangover) I find something new about it.
Anyway, I stumbled upon this entry from Seth Godin's entry about the winner of the BGT/Britain's Got Talent program - and how the winner overcame his own dip and pushed on to be the best. It reminded me of Kurt Nilsen, the "World Idol" winner from sometime ago - who was criticized for his "unappealing look" but went on to become, well, the winner, besting even Kelly Clarkson from the US.
In this entry, Mr. Godin writes:
The market is a harsh critic. It's not always fair and it can be demoralizing. Fortunately for us, Paul ignored all of them until he had pushed through the Dip.
I couldn't agree more. The market - whatever that market is [the office, the world, the 'experts', the executives, the bosses, the human resource department, the supposedly 'talent managers' in each office] - is a harsh critic. Heck, even shareholders of a company are a harsh critic - encaging CEO to play the "results by quarter" game rather than really looking forward into the future.
But the winner just went on. As we all should when we encounter the dip.
I have encountered my dip - and realized it was a cul-de-sac. And that made all the difference in my career. As I set out to carve a new niche in my life, a new path as someone beyond communications planning and consultancy, I am excited and fearful - and well, still determined and committed to do my best.