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Reddit reviews on The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick)

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We found 23 Reddit mentions of The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick). Here are the top ones.

The Dip A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit and When to Stick

Found 23 comments on The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick):

u/evilish · 10 pointsr/gamedev

Ever heard of "The Dip"?


It basically describes what your going through. It's something that nearly everyone experiences no matter what project they're working on, and it's something to be aware off so you know when to push through.

Theres a book about it here and YouTube has a few videos explaining it.


Another quick tip. If you haven't already, break up what your work into small two week development sprints with the aim being something that you can be proud of, something that you can demo at the end of the two weeks.


It'll give you that feeling of having achieved something.

u/czth · 3 pointsr/cscareerquestions

If you're coming to me to ask for more money, I want to know why—how are you making me (my department, the company) this money (including by retaining you, so comps are certainly effective)? We're not a charity. Ditto for being a "senior": presuming your company doesn't have an official set of requirements (and many don't), what have you done to be considered "senior"?

When you walk into a negotiation, have a concrete list of what you've done over the past year or review period, and address any concerns from the previous review solidly (did you had a high opened defect count relative to others? Show that it's halved…). If you had goals, point out where you achieved and exceeded them.

You may need to make this a "baseline" review and do as /u/ericswc suggested and agree on a goal which will get you the raise/promotion on meeting it. Ramit Sethi has some great posts in this area, such as this one. Not everything will apply, but watching the videos is a good way to get techniques into memory. I would also recommend Seth Godin's books Linchpin and perhaps The Dip.

u/krimsen · 3 pointsr/getdisciplined

Give a quick read to Seth Godin's "The Dip" it might help you find what you're looking for! (And I do mean "quick read" -- it's only 96 pages.

Amazon Link

Wikipedia Page

u/thehouen · 2 pointsr/cscareerquestions

30-something software dev here. I would recommend you read the books The Dip and Winning Without Losing.
The Dip is about when it is worth it to "buckle down". Learn when to recognize if it is worth it or not. WWL is simply about being happy in work/life balance.

The Dip: http://www.amazon.com/The-Dip-Little-Teaches-Stick/dp/1591841666
WWL: http://www.amazon.com/Winning-Without-Losing-Martin-Bjergegaard/dp/0991260961

u/jalybeck · 2 pointsr/GetMotivated

Sounds like you're going through a bout of entrepreneurial depression. It happens to the best of us! First, accept that what you're going through is totally normal. Second, know that it's difficult to do anything when you're in the "dip". Here are some reads / videos I've found helpful when I'm down ...

Seth Godin - The Dip http://www.amazon.com/Dip-Little-Book-Teaches-Stick/dp/1591841666

Ted Talk about happiness & entrepreneurship - www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrUw4S76jFQ

The Not Knowing Path of Being an Entrepreneur http://zenhabits.net/unknowing/ (This whole website is gold)

u/zipadyduda · 2 pointsr/Entrepreneur

In a race, the one who is most motivated and most passionate about winning, is more likely to win. Depending on the race, it might be ok to come in at 4th or 400th place. If you're the 400th best plumber in America, you are kicking ass. If you're the 5th best search engine, maybe not so much. Swap the term 'passionate' with 'interested in' and that's probably enough.

The thing is that you have to have an interest in your business or else it gets boring and you will fail when you hit the dip.

u/Rot-Orkan · 2 pointsr/javahelp

Don't give up. I'm assuming you're new to programming. It's very hard and will be very discouraging.

Here's some things that helped me:

u/MechAngel · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

I wish I'd read The Dip in college.

u/mjdubs · 2 pointsr/GetMotivated

This is a very apt illustration of how the creative process works, IMO...however, there is a lot to be said for knowing when aspects of your persistence should be ditched in favor of concentrating on other parts of your project...Seth Godin wrote a neat little book on this idea, called The Dip. Worth a read/listen.

u/jezreeljay · 2 pointsr/graphic_design

> Say that I really enjoy working with music, and doing things like designing album/single covers and designing all promotional material for an artist is something I really want to do.

The work is few and far between. Also, everyone's trying to get into that industry. Ostensibly, it's shiny, fun, and hip. I can't blame you for wanting to work in it. But unless you have a network and/or have people seeking you out, then you're going to have to grind like the rest of us. Actually, regardless of what industry you want to focus on, you ARE going to grind like the rest of us haha.

But yeah, here's some general advice:

  • Being a generalist will put food on the table, your long term prospects are more stable and it's easier to get your foot in the door. It'l also allow you to transition between different disciplines. With the ebb and flow of the industry, you never know what skills will be in demand at the time.

  • Being an expert will get you the big pay checks and notoriety. But, in the event that your niche falls out of demand, you'll have a harder time transitioning to something else. With the big paychecks however, you might've put yourself in a position to go without work for a while while.

    Of course it's not as cut and dry as that, and the two aren't mutually exclusive, but that's just my experience and observation.

    I tell all new designers to learn how to layout long form documents and hone your typography skills. And about typography, don't relegate yourself to only display type (eg. posters with a simple headline or names). Working with dense copy will force you to actually design it, rather then rely on clever effects and techniques.

    Other than that, don't quit on your dream. Just temper your short term expectations. Also, read The Dip. It'l only take you an hour and will save you many more.

u/andrew_depompa · 1 pointr/personalfinance
  • Sign up for Mint.com
  • Go to college
  • Major in something that gets you paid internships; this is nearly always a good indicator that the skills you're learning will be useful in the job market
  • If the previous point doesn't seem easy or fun, read The Dip.
u/ZSR5 · 1 pointr/Entrepreneur

There's a good book called The Dip by Seth Godin.

It talks about a few important factors such as why competition helps increase marketshare, but also most importantly about why being #1 can be important and to pick your battles wisely.

I feel the article definitely made some good points and I'll just avoid the "fluff" controversy that's brewing in here by saying it's always good to see an idea from multiple angles.

Hope this helps!

u/fudsworth · 1 pointr/GetMotivated

Seth Godin wrote a book on this exact thing called The Dip

u/luluwutz · 1 pointr/asktrp

Hi there, don't do it. suicide is a permanent solution for a temporary problem.

I have once heard about a book that might be able to give you some motivation here: http://www.amazon.de/The-Dip-Little-Teaches-Stick/dp/1591841666

i have to admit that i didn't found the time by now to read it but i will definitely give it a try. Also engineering student here, also 22, also virgin, horribly low t-level etc etc etc. I think every human needs some meaning in life. If you haven't found yours yet, give this article a try: http://waitbutwhy.com/2014/10/religion-for-the-nonreligious.html

and by the way: don't do it ;). This might be your only chance to enjoy the existence in these dimensions or whatever.
and here i want to spam you with one more link: http://imgfave-herokuapp-com.global.ssl.fastly.net/image_cache/1347978128926645.jpg

good luck on your journey that is called life!

u/TotallyNotIT · 1 pointr/sysadmin

First, you have to accept that shit happens sometimes. Everyone hits a slump from time to time.

A lot of my job is rebuilding shitshows, frequently from the ground up. I didn't jump into this, I got involved slowly as I proved that I was capable of doing the work. You've worked your way into the position you have now by proving that you're capable and resourceful.

You will never know everything. A big part of what makes people successful is knowing what they don't know and then figuring out how to get that information. The timeline on learning those things gets longer as the concepts get more advanced. You haven't peaked, you've hit The Dip. You're still seeing challenges so you still have opportunities to learn a lot. Once you push through that, almost the entire IT universe opens up in front of you.

Now that I've said that, you're probably at a point in your career where you can think about what interests you long-term. Keep sucking out every bit of knowledge and experience possible while you figure that out. And relax, you're doing fine.

u/gooseus · 1 pointr/web_design

Seth Godin would disagree, and quite persuasively (if not somewhat repetitively) - The Dip