Dip or Cul-de-Sac?

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This is my favorite guy in the whole wide world…my son Zach.

This  is Zach on day 24 of a 50 day wilderness quest, a quest where he's turning a cul-de-sac into a dip and pushing through the valleys out in the desert in Arizona with a backpack living on the land.

 We've all had our own cul-de-sac's right- things we should have quit much earlier, things we wish we would have quit faster  without guilt?

I don't know about you but I've wandered through many miles of wilderness trying to find north, myself, meaning, purpose  the way…out of dips.

Watching my son struggle this past 2 years has been it's own dip; there were days I wondered if it was a cul-de-sac something I should quit and days I pleaded for it just to be over and then after I picked my sorry self up I always, by the grace of God  pushed through and found it  was just a dip.

My son is pushing through now. I am so glad neither of us gave up. I am so glad that we both are learning about pushing through – when it's hard when it really matters and at the same time I am so happy we are both learning about quitting stuff that is a dead end, not us and not how we want to live- inconsistent with a healthy family, loving each other. Sometimes quitting is the best choice.

Are you in a dip – if so push through- get people around you- resources, new skills, expertise change your tactics but don't change the big picture if you know what you're doing is really right- really important.

On the other hand, if the big picture isn't in sync with you, what you stand for, if it's not leading you where you want to go -if this is a dead end; wrong for your life and your business turn around- quit, don't beat yourself up winners quit things all the time and they do it fast, often and without guilt…at least that's what the famous Seth Godin says in his incredibly masterful small read, THE DIP.

Zach – I love you and can't wait to see you on the other side of this dip-thanks for teaching me to perserve the dips and quit the cul-de-sacs.

Love you to eternity and back –


Pam hoelzle


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