Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Dip

Seth Godin’s book The Dip reminds me a lot of George Leonard’s book Mastery. Both of them talk about the non-glamorous middle period after the excitement of the beginning wears off where many, if not most, people quit. Here is Godin’s description of The Dip:
At the beginning, when you first start something, it’s fun.…it’s interesting, and you get plenty of good feedback from the people around you. Over the next few days and weeks, the rapid learning you experience keeps you going. Whatever your new thing is, it’s easy to stay engaged in it. And then the Dip happens. The Dip is the long slog between starting and mastery…The Dip is the combination of bureaucracy and busywork….The Dip is the difference between the easy “beginner” technique and the more useful “expert” approach…The Dip is the long stretch between beginner’s luck and real accomplishment.

Saturday, April 24, 2010


Whenever you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, ask yourself, “Have I stopped living in the now?”…We try to anticipate the things that will happen in the future so we can feel in control of our lives, but we almost always end up feeling overwhelmed and out of control. The best way to be in control of our lives is to stay present in the moment.

Echo Bodine, A Still Small Voice

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Inspiration from Within

If you remember nothing else, remember this: Inspiration from outside one’s self is like the heat in an oven. It makes passable Bath buns. But inspiration from within is like a volcano. It changes the face of the world.
Aunt Felicity in The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag by Alan Bradley

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Magnificent Now

I have to go do something magnificent now, while the day is still young.

Audrey in Manor of Death by Leslie Caine.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Change Begins Within

Change begins from within and then extends outwards. Something from outside can stimulate it but until it happens inside of us, it’s not ours.

Tian Dayton, The Soul’s Companion