“This is the world as it is. This is where you start.”
—Saul D. Alinsky, 20th Century American writer
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Saul David Alinsky (1909-1972) was a Chicago-born community organizer and writer often considered the founder of modern community organizing. He worked to improve the living conditions of poor communities across North America. Alinsky is known for his 1971 book, Rules for Radicals, which counsels activists on achieving change and knowing “the difference between being a realistic radical and being a rhetorical one.”
The quote and commentary for today came from the Goodreads post for January 30, 2017.
The idea of a realistic radical versus a rhetorical one had me look over the past year and half to assess people in both groups.
Where will you start today, given that this is the world as it is?
Godin believes that winners quit quickly, often, and without guilt, until they discover the right DIP, worth beating for the right reasons. They realize that the bigger the barrier, the bigger the reward for sticking and getting beyond it.
He further demonstrates that people who lose fail to stick out their DIPS when they quit at the moment of truth—or they simply never discover the right DIP to conquer.
Consider picking up a copy of “The DIP” to discover for yourself whether you should stay the course or summon the courage to quite sooner or more often.
“You may have a fresh start at any moment you choose. This thing we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.”
– Mary Pickford, actress
Whenever I’m asked about the value of coaching, I usually say that people who have a coach almost always achieve more than they would on their own, faster than they would on their own. One key reason for this is that they get up more quickly following the setbacks that often occur when they stretch beyond their comfort zones.
A coach supports the propensity for committed action and will often provide a hand – or even a kick in the butt if necessary – to help people get up, brush away the dust of apparent failure, capture the lessons learned, and get right back to it.
Select a setback or failure you recently experienced and discuss it with a close friend or colleague. Request their coaching or support to get right back on the horse and try again.
Schedule frequent touch-points with this individual, so that if you stumble again, you bounce back more quickly and give it another go.