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The Dip

A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick)

This book is available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device, and with iTunes on your computer. Books can be read with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.


A New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller

In this iconic bestseller, popular business blogger and bestselling author Seth Godin proves that winners are really just the best quitters. Godin shows that winners quit fast, quit often, and quit without guilt—until they commit to beating the right Dip.

Every new project (or job, or hobby, or company) starts out fun…then gets really hard, and not much fun at all. You might be in a Dip—a temporary setback that will get better if you keep pushing. But maybe it’s really a Cul-de-Sac—a total dead end. What really sets superstars apart is the ability to tell the two apart.

Winners seek out the Dip. They realize that the bigger the barrier, the bigger the reward for getting past it. If you can beat the Dip to be the best, you’ll earn profits, glory, and long-term security.
Whether you’re an intern or a CEO, this fun little book will help you figure out if you’re in a Dip that’s worthy of your time, effort, and talents. The old saying is wrong—winners do quit, and quitters do win.

From Publishers Weekly

Aug 04, 2008 – logger/author Godin prescribes a cleverly counter-intuitive way to approach one's potential for success. his primer on winning-through-quitting is at once motivational and comically indifferent, making the lofty goal of "becoming the best in the world" an achievable proposition-all you need is to "start doing some quitting." The secret to "strategic quitting" is seeking, understanding, and embracing "the Dip," "the long slog between starting and mastery" in which those without the determination or will find themselves burning out. Godin provides tips for finding your Dip, taking advantage of it, and becoming one of the few (inevitably valuable) players to emerge on the other side; he also provides guidelines for quitting with confidence. Reviewed by PW 5/14/07

Customer Reviews


Great book. Short but effective. Will make you push forward, through 'The Dip'!

New definition of quitting

The Dip showed me a new definition of quitting while we understand quitting as failure. Very quick, short book, entertaining. Recommended for salesman especially!


It's funny reading this book. I made the obvious unorthodox choice to quit my job at the ultimate peak of my new career! I have been a chef for 15 years and moved took the leap 2 years ago to become a private chef on luxury yachts. It was a very hard struggle, but I made it to the top of my new industry as an elite. Then I realized that it wont improve, it will just stay the same and comfortable. I wasn't happy with just comfortable anymore! I resigned from my job to further pursue my career and establish my own high end catering company servicing my old clients. The journey is long and very hard, but my previous job gave me the chance to pave then entry in, and thats the way I look at my choice as been the best one.

I only discovered this book after finishing purple cow for the 2nd time to refresh my thoughts on how to market my new project. After reading this book, I can say with all conviction that I made the correct choice and Seth godin is like an oracle with his words!!!!

I use the analogy of "when the investment outweighs the return, it's a bad investment!". But the term "THE DIP" is PRICELESS!!!!

Good foresight is have the battle, knowing to quit is the victory.

Well done Seth.

Culinary yours

Chef Adam Mazzocchetti

The Dip
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  • $10.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Management & Leadership
  • Published: May 10, 2007
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
  • Print Length: 96 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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