Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job

Quitter Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job 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

  • Title: Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job
  • Author: Jon Acuff
  • ISBN: 9780982986271
  • Page: 139
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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.

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    1. 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 [...]

    2. 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 seriouslyGod'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 p [...]

    3. This book is not what you might think; in fact, I hesitate to talk about it lest my coworker friends think I'm looking to jump ship. (I am not.) But this book is too good not to share, and sometimes the right things hit us at just the right times.I can see this book being a GREAT touchstone for anyone hoping to bridge the gap between their day job and their dream job. Instead of shallow platitudes or motivational feel-goodery about 'just doing it' and 'making the leap', you'll find here excellen [...]

    4. I want to be careful here because Acuff seems like a good guy who is working hard at doing something he loves and I really respect that. It's more than a lot of people can say, myself included. But that's one of the reasons I picked this book up. I want to do something I really love, and I was hoping this book would open up my eyes and show me how to make it happen.It didn't. Not really.Acuff takes a humorous and painfully honest look at following his dream to be a writer and speaker. He reveals [...]

    5. In a culture where it's easy to get caught up in the motto of "I want what I want and I want it now!" this book asks readers to take a step back and actually work for their dreams. To be honest, I read this book because I wanted it to tell me to quit. It doesn't. It tells you to plan, work your butt off, and once your ducks are all in a row, THEN quit. I wish I had managed to do that in my situation, but regardless, the advice in this book is great to mentally chew on as you're working towards y [...]

    6. This was the first audiobook that I had "read" in quite some time, and probably the first one I actually made it through. I loved listening to Jon Acuff's voice and that probably kept me listening. That being said, this book is great. I love the drive and "hustle" as he calls it, that he talks about in his life. I had no idea he's been through so many jobs, he's definitely qualified to write a book like this. Me personally, this book was a lot of future information for me. I'm still stuck and th [...]

    7. Jon Acuff is funny and inspirational. He isn't afraid to poke fun at himself, and is brutally honest about his failures in order to help others avoid the same mistakes.

    8. "Superman needed Clark Kent. Being Clark was the reason he was able to be Superman. It was how he stayed real" -Jon Acuff (or more his wife actually) #Quitter Jon starts his book off letting the reader know how much of a quitter he is or was? "I could always quit my job, I could NEVER quit my kids" -Jon Acuff #QuitterNow, unlike Jon, I pretty much never think of quitting my job. I have been with the same company for 6 years. One may see this as impossible, but I have always been grateful to just [...]

    9. The fact that Jon Acuff references The Hunt for the Red October/Sean Connery, Crimson Tide/Denzel Washington and Corey Haim/Lost Boys (which still gives me nightmare by the way. Will I ever really be able to trust Kiefer Sutherland? I just don’t know) should be enough reason to purchase this book. But in case (for some reason) that isn’t enough to convince you, here’s my take on Jon Acuff’s Quitter.When the recent Mega millions lotto craze hit, my co-workers and I all pitched in to get a [...]

    10. I plowed through this book. Although I have it in print, I could never get around to reading it. I recently discovered that I also had the audio book so I listened to it while driving back and forth to work for a week.Jon Acuff manages to combine a great sense of humor with practical career advice in this book. You won't find out how to get rich quick or make $40,000 an month from your blog here. No, you'll learn what it means to grind it out and pursue your dream while not destroying your life, [...]

    11. I read this book in one day. It was a great read and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to quit their day job in pursuit of their dream job. It will really help you think through the timing of this transition thoughtfully so that you don't take the leap before you're ready. Acuff's writing was really entertaining and made the book a fun read as well. I laughed out loud a couple times. Here's one excerpt I especially loved: "When people ask me, 'How do you get a book published?' which is ju [...]

    12. Just really a good old-fashioned career advice book for this day and age. I can't think of any peer who has stayed in the same job since graduating, and I can think of plenty who have kept jumping from competitor to competitor. Part of this is what companies now offer, but a part of it is also a persistent "grass is greener" mentality that we always carry with us.Acuff makes some wonderful points discussing why we want to leave, why leaving the first shot you get is a bad idea, and how you can a [...]

    13. I listened to the audiobook version of "Quitter" while I painted my kitchen over the last 2 days. It's a great book and I really appreciated all the things Jon had to share. (Don't be fooled by the title: ultimately Jon advises you NOT to quit your day job while you pursue your dream job on the side.) I especially enjoy the "off script" moment in the audiobook - Jon himself narrates. These off script moments really make the audiobook seem more like good conversation between pals. The only downsi [...]

    14. I could not connect to the book. I listened to it vice reading it, and that may have ruined it for me. (I don't know how he breathed! He read fast.) With that said, Acuff has some good points. They come few and far in-between, in my humble opinion, though. I think Acuff tries too hard to connect with his readers. He does this by going off on tangents and including a humor to his writing that, personally, does not strike me as all that funny. The majority of the last chapter is a never-ending lis [...]

    15. Quitter was a humorous yet thoughtful approach to why and how we say 'no' to our dream jobs, and how to overcome the odds (and ourselves) to make them a reality. The book, despite the title, probes for the right answers about why we work jobs we hate, why we keep ourselves from success and whether we can continue responsibly into our career passions. Only then like a true Sensei does he explain how to quit properly. As a freelancer, I was touched by Jon's honesty and pensive dialogue, shedding a [...]

    16. Excellent book about how to realistically pursue a dream, by recognizing the value of your day job, while growing your audience and learning how to do your dream job properly through practice. Even more important, making realistic plans for handling success whenever it really IS time to quit your day job, because success brings its own problems. Recommended for anyone who wants to pursue a dream, or just determine the hard realities - good and bad - of pursuing it.

    17. This was a great book for where I am in my life right now. It advised me through some pretty scary life changes and how to do so with all my heart but also how to do it with intelligence. It is important to be smart about the big life changes that we pursue. I really needed to read this when I did and it was perfect for me.

    18. Seems a bit self promoting. All of this type of book promote something. This was long drawn out common sense. Can't believe someone published it At least I got it from the library and didn't pay for it.

    19. I think it's a great book, it just took me alot of time to read because it wasn't the right time to read what he was saying. It's a fast read, well written and alot of interesting this to say.

    20. I did not find this very good with advice. There were almost no examples outside of the author himself. In the end, felt like self-promotion, period.

    21. One of the best career books out there! teaches you how to properly leave your job without ruining your life, very helpful tips to chase your dreams!

    22. Good insight on the benefits of keeping your day job to pursue your dream job. The author was funny and it was an easy read.

    23. First of all it's important to emphasize that "Quitter: Turning Your Job into a Dream and Your Dream into a Job" is not really a book on quitting. It's actually about the opposite, about being smart and planning your career (and life of course), not making rash decisions and honestly hustling. Second, it's not really a guide but more of a chronicle of Acuff's career, life etc.That said, I'm giving this book a solid 4 star review because it has plenty of good lessons for anyone who wants to hear [...]

    24. First book I have read that makes a strong case for keeping your day job until you have all the pieces in place for your dream job. Very realistic about the need to maintain an income and start by doing what you love on the side until you can afford to do it full time. The key is not to just coast day to day and then realize you have been making no progress however, you plan it out and you do what is required. it takes effort, planning and perseverance.Really enjoyed his writing style as well, c [...]

    25. Last November/December, I was contemplating quitting my job and taking photography full-time. Obviously there were a lot of things that needed to be done in order to make this possible. It was really hard and I just wanted to make the jump already but knew that financially, we just weren't able to make that happen yet. My friend Rachel recommended this book and I'd heard of it a few times but my attitude towards it was not the greatest. I finally ordered the eBook edition on my Kindle Fire and b [...]

    26. This book was a very quick and easy read that did offer a few "ah-ha" moments and a bit of humor here and there. I didn't know when I was starting this book that is was going to be a kind of Dave Ramsey offshoot and that took me off guard. I also had never heard of the author so I wasn't expected it to be as Christianity focused as it was at times. However, as an individual who is not seeking a Christ-centered book I think the author did a good job of making it clear that he was religious and th [...]

    27. I found lots of relevant insight here. Take-aways: 1. Stop viewing my daily responsibilities as competition to my dream job - the writing/ projects that I want to do. 2. Jut because you love doing something doesn't mean it'll be easy or always enjoyable. It'll take work.3. Get clear on your definition of success and your definition of enough. Think about this before you get there, or success will grow until it swallows everything else in your life. Good fences - boundaries. You need them. (I don [...]

    28. This book is exactly what you think it would be: a book about quitting; quitting at the right time. Work on your dream job while you have your day job, but don’t quit that day job until you’re ready. A person named Sandy recommended the writer’s blog to me. I really enjoyed his blog so I bought this book at a book signing. He included a thank you to Sandy, whom I know he does not know, because he asked me how I heard about this book and I told him through Sandy. About a year, after the sig [...]

    29. A great read for anyone who feels like their current job is not where they're meant to land.A huge piece of this book focuses on 'falling in like with a job you don't love.' Wise advice for those who are tempted to up and leave a current, good gig to pursue a dream that isn't quite mature enough for harvest.Acuff does, though, get to the whole 'quitting' side of the equation. With the overwhelming "You can do it! Live your dreams right now!" entrepreneurial rhetoric being thrown around these day [...]

    30. This book was not what I expected. Its content reminds me of bit of the juxtaposition of the title “Fire Someone Today” and the content of that book. The author is very humorous although he gets more serious after about halfway through. I chuckled at a number of his quips which kept the mood light. Basically the premise of the book is to find some fulfillment and purpose in your day job and leverage it as security so you can pursue your dream with greater freedom than if you were forced to c [...]

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