The old saying is wrong — winners do quit, and quitters do win.
Every new project (or job, or hobby, or blog) 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 I find myself asking if the goal is even worth the hassle. Maybe I’m in a Dip — a temporary setback that will get better if I keep pushing. But maybe it’s really a Cul-de-Sac, a dead end, which will never get better, no matter how hard I try.
According to bestselling author Seth Godin, what really sets superstars apart from everyone else is the ability to escape dead 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.
(From The Dip, by Seth Godin)
Now that Manila Gay Guy, MGG the blog, is about to reach 1 year old on August 28, 2007, I ask myself — is it time to quit?
Through MGG, I’ve experienced a lot of highs, a lot of blessings, a lot of reasons to celebrate. Much more than I wished for when I started out.
Through MGG, I’ve also experienced some lows. I’ve been lambasted and called names I never imagined myself being called.
And so at this crossroad, I ask myself, MGG has accomplished much more than I dreamed it would — so is it time to quit?
I’ve happily invested much time and effort in bringing MGG to where it is right now. With up to 7,000+ unique visitors daily, more than 7 million hits within 11 months of its inception, and many accolades and references from traditional media… all these pale in comparison with the innumerable comments and personal emails I get from dear readers, thanking me for putting together such blog that, in varying levels, have helped gay folks in a quest for their own happy place in this world.
So, shall MGG quit after its 1st anniversary on August 28?
Set aside all the accolades and media mentions, and while all is muted to dead silence, I look straight into the 14,000+ eyeballs that continually stare and read my blog daily, repeat the question like a chant, “shall MGG quit?”
After much thought, I give myself two options: Quit Now and Pat Yourself in the Back, or Work Harder and Bring MGG a Notch Closer to Spectacular.
My answer: Quit? Nah. Be spectacular? Absolutely.
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