My kids enjoy riddles and the other day I asked them this:
What have we all seen but will never see again?
Have you heard this one?
(Of course, my 8 year old son had to point out that actually, it’s not entirely true because babies born after midnight today never saw yesterday. OK, Mr. Smarty Pants.)
Am I making the most of my time? Are you?
The point is, we’re all living with an hourglass timer that will never be flipped over again. Once it’s done, it’s done.
As I mentioned in my video last week, I’ve been pondering whether I’m making a difference.
(By the way, thank you very much for all your kind words and your assurance that my blogging tips really do make a difference for you. I hope I didn’t give the impression that I think this blog is a waste of time. I do enjoy it and I’m thrilled that it’s helpful to so many. Mostly I was asking myself if this is all I have to give. In other words, can I give more in another way too? I have no plans of quittin’ here.)
So many books, so little time
I enjoy reading and so I keep my nightstand well-stocked with books, although now I’ve decided I much prefer my Kindle (affiliate link) because I can highlight and then pull up my highlights later for posting (see quotes below). That’s super handy!
Last week I read The Dip (affiliate link) by Seth Godin. It’s about setting goals and the process of reaching them. It explores that point in the process (the Dip) when you really feel like you aren’t making any progress and you wonder if it’s all worth it. The dip often occurs right before you have a burst of progress.
Everyone has Dips.
Not everyone pushes through them.
Seth doesn’t say you should never quit.
He says you should quit strategically.
Some tidbits from the book:
“Never Quit”: What a spectacularly bad piece of advice…Never quit? Never quit wetting your bed? Or that job you had at Burger King in high school? Never quit selling a product that is now obsolete? Wait a minute. Didn’t that coach say quitting was a bad idea? Actually, quitting as a short-term strategy is a bad idea. Quitting for the long term is an excellent idea. I think the advice-giver meant to say, “Never quit something with great long-term potential just because you can’t deal with the stress of the moment.” Now that’s good advice.
Persistent people are able to visualize the idea of light at the end of the tunnel when others can’t see it. At the same time, the smartest people are realistic about not imagining light when there isn’t any.
Strategic quitting is the secret of successful organizations. Reactive quitting and serial quitting are the bane of those that strive (and fail) to get what they want. And most people do just that. They quit when it’s painful and stick when they can’t be bothered to quit.
What should I quit?
But I’ve been thinking about other things I could quit strategically. What things am I not quitting that are hindering growth in other areas? In areas that really matter?
What about you? Is there anything you could quit strategically? Or, have you quit anything strategically lately?