Happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend, lovely reader! My weekend was very busy, including spending all day at Go Blog Social Chicago (recap coming soon!), but I feel like I learned a lot of things and made some mental breakthroughs.
I went on a nice easy five mile run on Friday, and I although I usually run without audio, I decided to multitask and listen to the audiobook version of The Dip by Seth Godin, which I downloaded a few weeks ago. (Using only one earbud and at a low volume—safety first!) I’ve been excited to listen to this book and I’m so glad I finally made time to start. I was able to get through most of the first chapter on Friday, and was incredibly inspired by what I heard.
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Godin’s message applies to so many aspects of life, whether you’re training for a marathon or starting a business. In The Dip, he writes that many people will start a project, a hobby, or a journey but will give up when things start to get tough. Those who succeed, he argues, are those who keep going when things are difficult. What separates truly successful people is their commitment to keep going when their path ceases to be easy.
There’s a saying that if marathons were easy, everyone would do them. The same could be said of many things where you have to work hard to achieve your goal. I really agree with Godin’s quote: if you are able to make it through the hard work, whether it’s logging long miles in training or taking steps toward another goal, you’re ahead of most people out there.
It’s easier to quit when you hit resistance. Many of us think that we’re not cut out for success because we’re not good enough. We think that things should come naturally. But, if it were easy to accomplish the really big things in life, everyone would do it. Quite often it’s raw tenacity that separates the success stories from the failures. There will be ups and downs on every journey, so if the journey is truly worth it, keep pushing.
When has pushing paid off for you?
What do you hope to accomplish this week?
Have you read “The Dip”?