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The Dips

January 22, 2013

Alright - back on track.

I forget who said it - it may have been Bob Lefsetz, Seth Godin, Hugh MacLeod, Derek Sivers, Sunny Bates, all of them or someone else entirely, but someone (several people probably) said something along the lines of, when things are out of control or when you’re not sure what to do and feel like quitting (that’s Seth and the Dip - I feel I’m in the dip right now), or when you have no idea what you’re doing, keep doing it.

In his book The Dip, Seth Godin talks about leaning into the dip and how so many people quit when they’re in the dip.  He goes on to say how most people don’t realize everything they want lies just beyond the dip.  It was a very eye-opening book to me, and I read it when I wasn’t in the dip - I was about two months away from it.

I feel like it’s been a very very very strange time for Canary.  Starting from last May right on through to now.  It’s been a series of mini dips.  In the end, I’ll look back on these dips and smile and talk about them almost fondly.  I’ll mention their importance, but more importantly, I’ll be able to say I leaned into all of them and made it out to the other side.

I caught up with my mentor/coach today.  His unwavering confidence gave me a boost I think I needed.  I tend to overanalyze a lot of this stuff whereas he doesn’t and offers that view.  I like that view better.  From his view, I bet my dips don’t look like the deep valleys I think they are.

They’re probably just speed bumps.