Thursday, May 10, 2007

Thinking About The Dip

I mentioned it before, but now ChangeThis published a manifesto of The Dip. Great stuff and a must read for all people who want to be the best of the world!

The reason that being the best in the world is worth so much is that few can do it. Scarcity carries a premium.
The dip is the long slog between starting and mastery. A long slog that’s actually a shortcut, because it gets you where you want to go faster than any other path. The dip is the combination of bureaucracy and busywork you must deal with in order to get certified in scuba diving. The dip is the difference between the easy “beginner” technique and the more useful expert approach in skiing or fashion design. The dip is the long stretch between beginner’s luck and real accomplishment.
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It’s easy to be a CeO. What’s hard is getting there. there’s a huge dip along the way. If it was easy, there’d be too many people vying for the job and the CeOs couldn’t get paid as much, could they? Scarcity, as we’ve seen, is the secret to value. If there weren’t a dip, there’d be no scarcity.
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The way you become the best in the world is by quitting the stuff where you can’t be the best. That leaves you the resources to invest in getting through the dip.
It’s that simple.
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Being average is for losers.

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