“Only talented people fret about mediocrity.” Seth Godin, The Dip, page 13.
Mediocrity is a constant worry of mine. Am I doing enough to build a fantastic life for myself and for my daughters? Am I doing everything I need to do to be an exceptional writer, an extraordinary mother, and a champion person?
According to author and blogger Seth Godin, these concerns mean that I’m talented in some way or another. I’d like to think that I’m a talented writer, but sometimes I’m concerned that I’m simply average. See? I’m more talented already, just since having that thought!
I’m kidding of course with that last sentence. But in all seriousness, I recently finished reading The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (And When to Stick) by Godin, and I thought the book presented some thought-provoking questions and concepts. Sure, the book is deceptively short — 80 pages — but in those 80 pages Godin asks the reader to think about whether her current activities are helping her to rise above mediocrity. If not, perhaps it’s time to quit the activity to spend more time on activities that DO help meet extraordinary goals.
It’s a book all about strategic quitting, and as someone who has always had a hard time quitting anything, I was grateful for the reminder that quitting does not always equal failure. I enjoyed this book and the ideas within, though I think Godin could have done the same with just a couple of blog posts.
What kind of extraordinary goals do you have in your life? What would you like to accomplish, and what could help you reach those goals?