Seth Godin put out a book entitled, “The Dip”. This is an excellent book, and I highly recommend it to anyone trying to learn something, or run a business.
In this book Seth talks about the process of how one goes about learning a specific skill. He says in the beginning it’s all new, and exciting. Everything is fun because it is all so different from what we have been doing. Then the newness wears off. All of a sudden it’s not as fun anymore, and the results are not as easy to see. We get caught in a standstill so to speak. This is the Dip.
When things become difficult and not fun, most people then give up.
This is exactly why the skill becomes very popular and regarded as impressive. For without the Dip, everyone would be doing it, and it wouldn’t be as impressive. If you’re not ever experiencing the Dip, then it is likely you are not on the right path to achieving what you set out to.
You can easily apply this to guitar playing and with lessons.
A lot of people want to play guitar, and in the people I teach it is the blues. I know there are a lot of people who go through the lessons, and it is all new and exciting. Everything is clear and it becomes apparent of what you must learn. This is exciting! Then after a couple of weeks, it’s not new anymore, and it becomes an arduous task. You practice the lessons, but now you’re not seeing much improvement at all. This frustrates you and most people will simply give up. This is the Dip.
The person that realizes this, will push forward even though they don’t see any improvement.
The harder the skill, the bigger the Dip. These people that push forward, will realize huge benefits. They will all of a sudden get it, and become a truly remarkable player. This does not happen in 1 month, but could take many months or years, depending on the task at hand.
Is it worth it? Only you can determine that.
So the point here is to realize when the Dip is happening and attack it with a vengeance. If you know it is happening, then you can sure you are headed in the right direction, although it may not feel like it at the time.
More often than not, when the Dip comes along, we get a feeling of desperation, frustration, anger, and disappointment. We must then channel these emotions positively and attack the Dip. If we do this, I can guarantee the outcome will be much better than the feelings we have when the Dip occurs.
Remember if you do this, you are in the minority here. This means you are headed in the right direction.
So the next time you are working on something and it is just too hard for you to do, acknowledge that you are in the Dip, and this exactly the place you want to be.
Are you experiencing the Dip? Leave a comment and let me know what you have done in this situation.
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