“A woodpecker can tap twenty times on a thousand trees and get nowhere, but stay busy. Or he can tap twenty-thousand times on one tree and get dinner.” - Seth Godin
This quote from Seth Godin's bestseller "The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick)" is really powerful. As someone who has experienced many dips in life, as all of you have, I think it would be insightful for me to talk a little bit about the dip I experienced for this channel.
So when I first started making videos in Spring / Summer of 2020, things kind of went off without a hitch. It was smooth sailing, subscriber and views growth were easy, and the next thing I knew I was at 1000 subs. Then the dip came...
In the Fall of 2020 a downward trend in my stats started that did not end up stopping until very recently. But before that upward shift occurred again, I could not see the upward trend. The reason for this is because as humans, it is hard for us to envision a graph that has an upward trajectory if it is going down and vise versa.
With this in mind, I wanted you to showcase often times what "The Dip" looks like for many people in their respective life aspects.
Many times, there are situations where we find ourselves struggling to work through a downward trajectory that we were not expecting. For me I could only see metrics going up at the start so when things went down, negative thoughts were everywhere and that confirmation bias of the graphs trend line down just kept coming.
Rather than focusing on how the stats are doing and the fact that things are going wrong, I would suggest focusing on creating systems in your life to set you up for success. While goals and metrics can be fun and awesome, you really will see the most success in things and overcome whatever dip may occur if you create habits and lifestyle changes to put the work in.
Get things done and work at it for a few years and you will see whether or not it's worth it. For me, I couldn't be happier that I gave a few months more effort and overcame the dip.
Thanks for reading and have an awesome week!
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