This sketch is from a series I was doing of racing ships. When I was working on these I was in a dip. So read on to understand.
When you down you are in a dip. I recently read through one of Seth Godin’s books called “The Dip” It could not have come at a better time. We all have our up and down times and I was in one of those dip times when I read it. Being in the dip is not fun but it is necessary for us to grow. Then you need to press forward to succeed. He also mentions being in a cul-de-sac. So when you’re in a rough spot is it time to call it quits or do you press forward through the dip. Now the cul-de-sac is something that no matter what you do it will not move you forward. You constantly toil and put energy into but it never turns out productive. So I really thought about this and went through and evaluated what I was doing and what would I consider work I do in a cul-de-sac or am I just in a dip. I did figure out that I had clients I would consider cul-de-sac clients, no matter what I do and how I approach them they are very difficult to please. So I decided to not do work for them anymore, and it was like a weight was lifted off of my shoulders. Now I was able to focus on the great clients I have. So by eliminating my cul-de-sac problem I was able to move forward out of my dip. You fall in this trap as a freelancer that you need to take every job to survive. This can hurt you and your good clients. Another way I have been overcoming dips is creating goals for myself for me personally and as a designer. You know when the hard times come, and it will get hard, you can count on that. You will be able to determine if you are in a dip or a cul-de-sac because it is part of your plan to achieve your goals. Or it is a cul-de-sac and it will get you nowhere near your goals. So keep pressing forward through your dips and get rid of your cul-de-sacs. Happy Sketchin