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The Dip!

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Hi everybody,
I've stalked this site since the beginning, but haven't posted because the time difference from the UK makes for dis-jointed posting. But hey, here's one for you to look at in the a.m. while I'm half way through the day.

Have just read "The Dip" by Seth Godwin. Here's a bit from the blurb

".......Every new project (or job, or hobby, or company) starts out exciting and fun. Then it gets harder and less fun, until it hits a low point: really hard, and not much fun at all. And then you find yourself asking if the goal is even worth the hassle. Maybe you're in a Dip: a temporary setback that you will overcome if you keep pushing. But maybe it's really a Cul-de-Sac, which will never get better, no matter how hard you try. According to best-selling author Seth Godin, what really sets superstars apart from everyone else is the ability to escape ends quickly while staying focused and motivated when it really counts. Winners quit fast, quit often, and quit without guilt: until they commit to beating the right Dip for the right reasons. In fact, winners seek out the Dip. They realize that the bigger the barrier, the bigger the reward for getting past it. If you can become number one in your niche, you'll get more than your fair share of profits, glory, and long-term security. Losers, on the other hand, fall into two basic traps. Either they fail to stick out the Dip - they get to the moment of truth and then give up - or they never even find the right Dip to

You might say its common sense, but it struck a chord with me at the moment, (and its a short book!)
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what works

I think some of this is true, we get tired of what we do and lag off.
Any kind of job, weather it's working for yourself or the other guy/gal, gets borring after awhile.
It is true you have to "Leave your comfort zone" to advance yourself most of the time.

You can make more money by going from a one/two man show to a 15 man crew outfit, you will be managing more than working, you will make more profits as long as you have enough employee's, as you will not make as much profit per man as you did by yourself.

You will generally not get the job done as good or as fast, employee's slag some when your not around.

You will need to spend more on advertizing to keep those employee's working so they don't file unemployment on you.
The market does have slowdowns, seasons, other paint outfits poping up or established ones growing can all a sudden cut you off..

You will have extra paperwork for those employee's, and other tasks...
Most people say they are much more stressed managing 20 guys than working small, and they have to work more hours, it can be a risk, or can make you more money.

If it isn't broke, don't fix it!

I think if your in a dip or getting bored, try working in a fast food place or a temp in a factory job for two weeks... take the time off and JUST DO IT, you will appreciate your business after your first day, and everyday after that even more so. If you make it two week, you'll come back to your work with hearts flowing from you and realize how good you have it.

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