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seth godin

Hi Lee. Thanks for reading.

Sorry to differ, but OF COURSE Edison knew when to quit. He understood which projects had a reasonable return, and he was able to manage his resources--taking on the bigger Dips when he had the ability to make it all the way through. Edison didn't rely on luck. He had an innovation factory, and he funded it appropriately.

Sure, there are geniuses who don't need my advice, and there are passionate diehards who won't take it regardless. But for most of us, the idea that you should find a challenge appropriate to what you can make it through seems pretty helpful.

Lee Thayer

Yes, Seth, quite agree.

I think you meant "The Dip" as a kind of extended metaphor. Some people may miss it because they think too literally.

I meant the issue about Edison to raise your implicit point that it all depends on one’s purpose. Having an overriding purpose enables a person to discern not just what he or she ought to do, but what they ought NOT do. It’s an age-old dilemma, and your book should indeed be helpful in this regard. “Be prudent,” I believe you are saying. Don’t just act out bad habits (like needing to “win,” no matter the outcome!).

People need to decide on some basis. I prefer to think that purpose is the better basis, not just superior intelligence—if that’s not a mixed metaphor!

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