Who is a dabbler? An amateur who engages in an activity without serious intentions and who pretends to have knowledge.
In this age of distraction, choices, and opportunities – we see more and more dabblers making quick progress initially – but failing once they lose the excitement because of impending challenges. They get instant recognition. They are validated by peers, get applause and make fast progress till they reach a quick plateau. They lose patience. They also feel like an imposter because of the perceived serendipity of the success they enjoyed than the skill to be painstakingly acquired. Seth Godin calls it the dip – the difficult stage where we have to cut through the clutter to come to the core of things. Many people quit thinking it is a dead end. That is actually the beginning, the game has only begun. Dabblers quit.
Real people persist with a sense of purpose, they learn things, sometimes unlearn, remain humble and stick to their core competence.