This is my last post. I’m calling it quits.
I don’t think of myself as someone who just gives up on things so I’m going to call this strategic quitting. That’s what author Seth Godin would call it. In his book The Dip he writes about quitting the things that don’t or aren’t working so you have more time and energy to invest towards the things that you should stick at.
It’s been a tough two years writing this blog. On my first year anniversary I asked questions about whether or not to keep going. I stuck at it because I’d wanted to keep my promise to do this for at least two years. Alas, it hasn’t worked out the way I’d wanted. I was hoping for more conversations between myself and whoever you are out there. But that hasn’t happened. So what probably could have been three or four years worth of topics was burned through in two because there was never any real in depth discussions.
Some days topics were hard to come by. Some days topics were there but the words were hard to come by. It has just been hard. Period. Seth Godin might say I’m just experiencing the dip in my blogging career. That’s the place you are when the efforts you are putting in are not matched by the results attained. Of course, it could be what Godin calls a cul-de-sac. It looks and feels a lot like the dip but unlike the dip, it never ends. With the dip you continue to push hard and work at it and you do move out of it. On to bigger and better things. Sticking pays off. In a cul-de-sac, you just go around in circles but nothing changes. Sticking is futile and you possibly miss the opportunity to excel in something else.
How do you know the difference? Godin says you trust your gut.
“It’s time to quit when you secretly realize you’ve been settling for mediocrity all along. It’s time to quit when the things you’re measuring aren’t improving, and you can’t find anything better to measure.”
The Heretic Coach is in a cul-de-sac. It’s not destined to be great, only mediocre. And life is just too short to be mediocre. I’m better off investing my time and energy into things that have the possibility to be great. So that is what I’m going to do.
I want to say a big thanks to Guy Bisson who paid for this blog space and helped me set up The Heretic Coach. It was great to have your support.
And thanks to those of you – whoever you are – for reading. I hope it’s given you something of value.
Over and out.