What’s better – play hard ball or playing hard to get? I know that playing hard to get works, however as I get older and crankier I’ve come to realize that playing hard ball may be more effective in certain situations – particularly when starting negotiations with someone who has unrealistic expectations.
Over the past month, I’ve hustled hard to get a new venture started and I realized late last week that I’ve hit the dip. If you’re unfamiliar with “The Dip”, I’ll let you take a peek at the book by Seth Godin on the subject. I was at the point where I was undecided on forging ahead or quitting. After consulting a few trusted people, I decided late last night to forge ahead.
As well, I made the decision to consult my ‘action plan’ for the next 890 days. It was a little disheartening when I realized that – yes I had done a crapload of work over the past few months – but was it productive? Or is being productive a metric that should be measured? Or how would productivity even be measured over a variety of different projects with differing objectives and outcomes?
So this week a wee bit of time will be spent considering my new yard stick to measure progress and figuring out a better way to ensure that I can limit the amount of time it takes get through a dip.