33 years today is how long Vincent has been
eating and breathing music…
— * — HAPPY BIRTHDAY VINCENT! — * —
Actually, make that 33 years and 9 months, because all through my pregnancy, he got to listen to a darn good rock’n'roll mix.
In our more intimate moments, as I sat in the rocking chair patting my belly, I would sing Joni Mitchell’s Circle Game — it was “our song.” After he was born, I quickly noticed he remembered that song; as soon as he would hear it, he’d become very calm and usually fall asleep before the end of the last verse.
Pardon my rump, but this is the only photo I’ve got with both of us in front of the sound system we had at the time.
The scene takes place in November 1980 in the house where Vincent was born. You’ll notice the huge speaker behind me; two of these monsters blasting their 12-inch woofers really shook the place up. Little Vincent is probably handing me his list of special requests…
As a teenager, Vincent learned how to play the bass, the guitar, the drums. But even without an instrument, he would constantly be singing.
For his 33rd birthday, he gave me a gift. I had been nagging him for years to try to get him to record himself and last week, he finally did it. I know it took a lot of guts — whattago, Vinnie Baby !
So without further ado, I’m very proud to present to you my son Vincent singing his version of Hunger Strike by Temple of the Dog.
I bought Seth Godin’s book , the dip — a little book that teaches you when to quit (and when to stick), in February 2010.
Back then, I was continuously beating myself up for not sticking to projects. Nowadays, I don’t beat myself up anymore. And I’m getting better and better at choosing what I really *feel* like doing. Seth was instrumental in helping me make that shift.
I was reminded of his book, today, when I read Rachel Dangermond’s post, CHARGE!!!!!!!!! retreat…… In it, she writes about how the things that aren’t adding value to her life are getting crossed off her list. And also about how she’s asking herself better questions.
Here, then, is an excerpt of the book’s jacket. Since the dip only has 80 pages — in a very small format — I don’t feel I’m divulging any important content.
The old saying is wrong — winners do quit and quitters do win.
Every new project (or job, or hobby, or company) 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 you find yourself asking if the goal is even worth the hassle.
Maybe you’re in a Dip — a temporary setback that you will overcome if you keep pushing. But maybe it’s really a Cul-de-Sac, which will never get better, no matter how hard you 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.
Losers, on the other hand, fall into two basic traps. Either they fail to stick out the Dip — they get to the moment of truth and then give up — or they never even find the right Dip to conquer.
Whether you’re a graphic designer, a sales rep, an athlete, or an aspiring 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. If you are, the dip will inspire you to hang tough. If not, it will help you find the courage to quit — so you can be number one at something else.
Seth Godin doesn’t claim to have all the answers. But he will teach you how to ask the right questions.