Life isn’t linear. Time is, but life isn’t. We have the opportunity to start, stop, begin, end, learn, stagnate, achieve, dream, fail, and grow. We’re constantly reinventing ourselves.
Stats tracked by the BLS (US Bureau of Labor Statistics) indicate that the AVERAGE number of jobs young baby boomers held from ages 18-46 was 11.3. And that was from a generation where people were loyal to their company and, in general, companies were loyal to their people. But those times have changed, and many (most? all?) of those jobs have changed. Just imagine how many jobs a Generation X or Millennial will have over the course of his or her career.
I’ve been thinking about what I want to learn/experience/work toward next for several months now. One of my favorite books on the subject of decision-making is “The Dip” by Seth Godin. It is short, easy to read, to the point, and under $10 on Kindle. The philosophy is pretty simple: figure out if you are in a dip, cliff or in a Cul-de-sac and respond accordingly (stick it out or get out).
You can work through a dip. It just takes persistence, staying power, and a lot of effort, and it’s worth it if you can achieve the ROI you desire (whatever that means for you). Realistically, however, not all dips will necessarily work out.
You can’t work through a cliff. You’re going to fall off it. It’s advisable to identify a cliff as quickly as possible and get off that train before you hit it.
You can’t work through a cul-de-sac (translation: dead end). It looks good, feels good but it’s not going to take you anywhere you want to go. The Cul-de-sac is the worst. Because you think with a little more effort, more time, you can get to your goal. You’ve got to identify and quit these, too (helpful hint: the quitting is painful but totally worth it after the fact).
The whole philosophy is based on the theory of opportunity cost. Opportunity cost is defined as “the cost of a missed opportunity. It is the opposite of the benefit that would have been gained had an action, not taken, been taken—the missed opportunity” (Inc.com).
Are you missing out on things you can/should/want/could be/dream of doing because you’re stuck in a cul-de-sac?
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