The only reason I didn t give this book five stars is because it made me feel like a big dumb jerk a lot Okay Fine I revised my rating I went back and changed it to five stupid stars After all it
The only reason I didn't give this book five stars is because it made me feel like a big dumb jerk a lot.Okay. Fine. I revised my rating. I went back and changed it to five stupid stars. After all, it's not Acuff's fault that I've had such a sucky attitude toward non-dreamy employment. It's mine. Go Jon, yay.But seriously...God's been working on me about my attitudes toward my dream, my job, my expectation of spousal provision, and the financial irresponsibility of pursuing my dreams as I've been pursuing them, for several months now. This book came along at the right time for me: a time of decision; a time when going from part-time to full-time at my job has become not only an opportunity, but a necessity. I needed this book. So thanks God, for inspiring it, thanks Jon, for writing it, and thanks, Alan, for blessing me with it.Although the message of QUITTER hit me pretty hard in some areas, it also reasserted some of the truths God has been impressing upon me these past months. But it wasn't all a butt-kicking festival. This book also encouraged me. It drove home the truth that the dreams which drive and fulfill me creatively don't have to be sacrificed at the alter of necessity -- they just have to be pursued with wisdom, rather than with irresponsible abandon. I've been a dreamer and a planner of dreams all my life. Unfortunately, my "plans" -- if you could call them that -- involved a lot of dreamy pinnacle points and not a lot of grit. (Sometimes, my pinnacle points even included bright flashing lights, sequins, and a groovy soundtrack. Yes, they were awesome. But.... Hmm. Maybe I watched a bit too much DANCE FEVER as a kid. Whatever.)In any case, my grandiose plans for achieving my dreams gave little credence to the meat-in-the-middle that feeds the journey toward the dream. I was willing to work my butt off on the dream but I wanted to work on ONLY the dream. I resented my part-time job because it took time away from my writing. I resented my bills. I resented my house. I resented the orthodontist. I was carrying around so much resentment and festering with such a sense of righteous entitlement (because I am so talented and unappreciated, you know) that it constipated my dreams. I hit the wall with my writing. I began having anxiety attacks. I was poisoning myself ad nauseum. My dreams were inflated and anorexic at the same time. And, because I was chasing them irresponsibly,well, I guess you could say my dreams needed to pass some gas. (Wow. I really didn't intend to use bathroom metaphor when I began this review. Huh.Does that mean I'm full of... bathroom stuff??? Maybe. But stick with me here.) So between God's nudging and Jon Acuff's book, QUITTER, a can of reality beans was cracked open in my heart and it kicked me (and my sucky attitude toward my day job)in the tail. Luckily, I was alone most of the time while I was reading.So... is this a book for writers? Yes. And anyone else who has ever dreaded their day job or dreamed a dream. So read it already. But -- and pay attention here -- I recommend reading the first four or so chapters individually -- not more than a chapter a day. Take time to really think about and soak in how this applies to you and your dream. Eat your reality beans, digest them, and set them free, as it were, in small doses. You may want to read ahead, but don't give in to the temptation. If you, like me, need to smell the stink you've made with the attitudes you've held toward your day job before you can appreciate the all-you-can-eat Texas Roadhouse steak buffet of your dreams in motion,then this book is best read slowly, over the course of a week or two-- or more.This is a great book. It's a challenging and encouraging book; a great addition to your home library and a great book to hand out to a friend who is unhappy in his/her current job.Perspective is a beautiful thing. And I am now happy that, although I have mentally typed my resignation numerous times over the past 18 months, most days I can now smile, fall in like with my job, and say to myself,"My job funds my dream." (Jon Acuff, QUITTER)Keep up the chase!SerenaGood Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job By Jon Acuff Viral Books Have you ever felt caught between the tension of a day job and a dream job That gap between what you have to do and what you d love to do I have.At first I thought I was the only one who felt that way, but then I started to talk to people and realized we re becoming the I m, but generation When we talk about what we do for a living we inevitably say, I m a teacher, buHave you ever felt caught between the tension of a day job and a dream job That gap between what you have to do and what you d love to do I have.At first I thought I was the only one who felt that way, but then I started to talk to people and realized we re becoming the I m, but generation When we talk about what we do for a living we inevitably say, I m a teacher, but I want to be an artist I m a CPA, but I d love to start my own business I m a _____, but I want to be a ______ All too often, we hear that dreaming big means you quit your day job, sell everything you own, and move to Guam But what if there were a different way What if you could blow up your dream without blowing up your life What if you could go for broke without going broke What if you could start today What if you already have everything you need to begin From figuring out what your dream is to quitting in a way that exponentially increases your chance of success, Quitter is full of inspiring stories and actionable advice This book is based on 12 years of cubicle living and my true story of cultivating a dream job that changed my life and the world in the process.It s time to close the gap between your day job and your dream job It s time to be a Quitter.. Jon Acuff is the New York Times Bestselling author of four books including his most recent, Start Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average Do Work that Matters.For 16 years he s helped some of the biggest brands in the world tell their story, including The Home Depot, Bose, Staples, and the Dave Ramsey Team Most recently he s spoken to hundreds of thousands of people at conferences, colleges, companies and churches A media feature, Jon has been seen on CNN, Fox News, Good Day LA and several other key outlets.In addition, he s become a social media expert with blogs that have been read by 4 million people and than 215k twitter followers In 2010 he used his influence with his tribe to build two kindergartens in Vietnam Jon lives with his wife Jenny and two daughters in Franklin, TN.. A viral Ebook Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job Surprisingly, this book, called Quitter, is not about quitting. It is actually about making the most of where you are at. Often, when going after a dream job, our day job can be good security for us while we prepare to take a big step towards our goals and passions. One of the best points that Acuff makes in this book comes in the chapter, "Removing the 'I'm' From Your 'But.'" An I'm/But example is, "I'm an accountant, but I wanted to be a novelist." It seems like there are a lot of people these days that, when describing what they do for a living, feel like they need to clarify what they actually wished they were doing for a job. I, myself, have fallen into this trap as well, and it is bad to do because we are ignoring the good that can come from where we are at. Looking back at past jobs, I can see how God had me there for reason, preparing me for what was coming up next. Chapter 7 was about hustling to make your dreams come true, and I particularly appreciated Acuff's assessment of the time we have available to us. We often complain that we don't have enough time to accomplish our dreams, however we have no problem spending hours a week watching TV. By differentiating between things we love to do and things we like to do, Acuff asserts that we can start to close the gap between our day job and our dream job by eliminating things that we simply like. Even if they are not bad things in nature, it may be bad for our dreams to give them a place in our lives.