Day 20 of the Grammy Chase just got a little bit harder. I didn’t obey the rules this morning. I woke up at 3am like clockwork, only to walk from the Din where I crashed last night to go “back” to sleep in my bed. It threw my morning off as well as my spirit and I’m paying for it with unwanted feelings of doubt, self esteem, direction and a gumbo pot of other ingredients that could make a day not so desiring. This is a part of the territory in being an artist, an entrepreneur, a person with a vision and dreams. I welcome those of you that think you have the stomach to travel straight when presented with a fork in the road. I’ve come so far, accomplished so much yet so little in comparison to my true hearts desires. If you thought that “Freedom” and “Financial Freedom” were a package deal sold together and an easier road, keep your job! I guess what I’m going through is called “The Dip.”

We’ve all experienced projects that begin as fun and interesting, but then quickly turn to drudgery. That’s when you might wonder if you are in a temporary slump, or if the original goal is no longer worth pursuing. Seth Godin calls this phenomenon, “The Dip.” – quote from Management Consulting News Interview

One of my favorite authors and inspirations is Seth Godin, who’s first book was given to me by another inspiration and friend of mine, Karen Spaulding. Ever since reading “The Purple Cow” in 2005 at time my wife and I were starting our first “brick and mortar” business, I’ve been paying attention to every word that Seth suggests. The advise below couldn’t have come at a better time.

Seth Godin: “Don’t find the biggest Dip. Find the biggest Dip you can make it through. And then do it again. Success is a series of Dips, navigated.”
Full Interview

I think this Dip may be what I’ve needed all along. May you recognize your “Dip” and make it through.
PS: Amanda, sorry I missed you last time. Big Hugs to you! xoxo


About by Edreys

Edreys Wajed is a catalyst of inspiration and a walking enterprise of all things creative. The Buffalo native boasts a toolbox chock-full with talents and experiences ranging from a visual artist, jewelry designer and musical entertainer, to an educator and entrepreneur with notable recognitions respectfully in each. His approach in each endeavor is soundly unique, high quality and signature in presentation, having found his course as a creator early in life. As early as 14 years of age, when his mother invested in a pair of hair clippers for him, seeing as she could no longer afford to pay for his haircuts, Edreys taught himself the trade of barbering and soon began making money for himself in the basement of his childhood home. With his artistic ability he also began growing a client base and reputation for customized hats and clothes as well as logo design by hand, long before learning graphics in college. His creativity, craftsmanship and passion to inspire people are what drives his spirit of entrepreneurship. From having run his own stationery boutique and art gallery shared with his wife; touring nationally and internationally as a hip hop artist, Edreys is exceptionally diverse with his avenues of expression, including the fine craft of jewelry making, passed down from his father and master craftsman. Edreys is most recently recognized locally for his contribution as an artist on the Freedom Wall which features 28 civil rights dignitaries, 7 of which he painted with his unique style and use of line. “Creativity is my neighbor, I live by it,” says Edreys. View all posts by by Edreys

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