Brayden Haws

March 1, 2023

Scratchpad Scribbles: In The Dip

Over the next few days and weeks, the rapid learning you experience keeps you going. Whatever your new thing is, it's easy to stay engaged in it. And then the Dip happens. The Dip is the long slog between starting and mastery. A long slog that's actually a shortcut, because it gets you where you want to go faster than any other path.

This is from Seth Godin's book The Dip. And I am living this right now. I have been learning python for 57 days straight. At first, it was fun. And then we got into a section focused on making fantasy games (which is not my interest), even so it was still fun. And I was looking forward to getting to topics that were more interesting and relevant to me.

Well, now I'm there. But it is not like I thought it would be. Right now, it just feels like a slog. I couldn't figure out why at first. I love to learn, I am interested in the topic, and it will be an unlock for me to do lots of cool stuff in the future. But for some reason, it sucks right now.

Or at least it felt that way until I read The Dip ⬆️. Turns out this is the way I should be feeling at this point. Because now it's a test. A test of my will and desire. If I want to learn python, I'll push through the dip. It might not be fun for a bit, but the other side is worth getting to.

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About Brayden Haws

Healthcare guy turned tech wannabe. Doing product stuff at Grow. Building Utah Product Guild⚒️. Created the PM A.M. Newsletter. Curated the Patchwork PM Bible. Constantly tinkering on my 🛻. Occasionally writing poor takes on product strategy and technology.

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