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Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job | [Jon Acuff]

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, 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.'"
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"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, 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 had everything you needed 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

©2011 Lampo Licensing, LLC (P)2011 Lampo Licensing, LLC

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    Mike 01-09-13
    Mike 01-09-13
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    "It passed the time, but lacked what I was seeking"

    First let me say, I liked this guy. He was energetic, had an odd but cool sense of humor, and generally came off to me as a decent human being, albeit young in experience to an extent although he tried to stress otherwise.

    But... with that being said, I was expecting a book on steps to take to quit your job. Maybe things to do to start a business on the side, pitfalls to watch out for regarding setting up the business or taxes or I don't know, anything really insightful. Instead I got a bunch of common sense knowledge wrapped in a "his life" point-of-view, dipped heavily in his sense of humor (yeah, kind of like that).

    I have been a Dave Ramsey listener for a long time now and have learned a ton of useful points and things to live by from Mr. Ramsey. So when I saw this book under the "Ramsey Umbrella", I got excited. I almost bought the paperback, but it was priced too high. I got this on audible on sale and for the sale price it was at least entertaining.

    The main issue that I had with this book wasn't so much that it was just common sense. I mean, at least that was delivered in an entertaining manner. My problem was that I don't think that the author realized WHY his life worked out the way that it did. He talked about hustle, and continuing to fight for the dream. But hearing his story as an outsider to his life, it sounds to me like the main reason for his successes in life may have been social connections. Which is something I already knew about the real world, and something he may not realize that he had as an advantage, instead crediting himself as a hustler in life.

    I have a strange feeling that if Mr. Acuff had the connections that most of us have in life, he'd still be giving speeches to 30 people in Nebraska even to this day. I may be wrong, it's just a hunch of mine, but I'd be willing to bet on this hunch.

    I give it 3 stars as it passed the time while doing daily chores and driving, and it was entertaining to a degree. But not worth more than I paid for it on sale as it lacked anything outside of common sense.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret 11-22-12
    Margaret 11-22-12
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    "Lack or advice & too much talk about God"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book is a useless ego trip. There's little actionable advice and way too much talk about his relationship with God and Christ for my taste. He basically talks about how lucky he is and not how one would leverage his experience to make changes in their own lives. Not at all useful for the professional guidance and sort of offensive if you're not Christian.


    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Chad WEST RICHLAND, WA, United States 01-30-12
    Chad WEST RICHLAND, WA, United States 01-30-12
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    "Worth the $7 I paid for it."
    If you could sum up Quitter in three words, what would they be?

    Insightful, entertaining, enlightening


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    ???


    What about Jon Acuff’s performance did you like?

    He was very engaging. Kept me awake on the road. Very good speaker. However, he is not as funny as he thinks he is!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes...but it took a couple road trips to get through it.


    Any additional comments?

    I've been soaking up all Dave Ramsey & Dan Miller's material. 48 days to the work you love by Dan Miller has way more of the nuts and bolts material that you can actually apply in the work place. Quitter didn't have as much meat to it. But I would definately recommend it to others and I will probably buy the book. I always say if you can pull one thing out of a book and apply it to your life...then it was worth the effort/money to go through it. Quitter opened my eyes to the idea of giving your day job 100% because your side dream job will reflect those work ethics. I am currently guilty of robbing time from my job. Even as I sit here writing this review I am supposed to be working! I definately need to start excersizing that practice! It makes sense. Overall...good book...but not as good as some other career books on the market.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jon 06-23-14
    Jon 06-23-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Advice from a Class A Quitter"

    This audiobook (and really, book overall) struck me as a bit pre–emptive at first primarily because the author has quit, like, umpteen jobs and now gets his book published by the Ramsey folks i.e. his dream job.

    Putting my skepticism aside, I decided to give it a listen.

    I must admit, Acuff is a funny and charming guy who has gleaned a good bit of information from his limited experience.

    Additionally, he's got some decent advice to share even though the transition he speaks of happened to him about 30 seconds prior to the beginning of the book.

    Overall, a good listen but take his advice with a grain of salt (mostly because, surprise surprise, he ultimately quit this 'dream job' he spoke so highly of).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Mesa, az, United States 12-13-11
    Amazon Customer Mesa, az, United States 12-13-11 Member Since 2003

    My Opinion's for your review, Thank You!

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    "Closing the Gap Between Day jobs and Dream Jobs"

    This was a great book to me as it describes the misadventures of finding your niche in life and the obstacles that prevent one from achieving them. This author gives his perspective and I found it to be informative and useful for my own situation. Remember Quitters never win and winners never quite.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Mark 10-20-11
    Mark 10-20-11
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    "Could not connect"

    I could not connect to the book. I don't know how he breathed! He read fast. I'm no expert on reading speed, and this is only my third AudioBook, but I honestly do not know how the publisher allowed his reading speed to go unchecked. With that said, Acuff has some good points. They come few and far in-between, though, in my humble opinion. 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 list of criteria to quit your job. It took a lot for me not to fast-forward. And he fails to address a few looming questions I (and probably others) had from the onset of the book: simply stated, "What if I'm not good at what I want to do? What if I'm not good at my passion? What if what I want to do is not marketable?" All said and done, Acuff's overall theme, at least from what I personally gathered, is patience. Don't rush into anything; think things through; etc. His best example is Christ, who, as Acuff correctly reminds us, spent 30 years in obscurity before spending 3 years changing the world.

    7 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    P. miltiades 07-23-14

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    "Above the Rest"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Quitter to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print.


    What other book might you compare Quitter to and why?

    Think and Grow Rich. Both have some of the greatest insights on following dreams and visions. Probably the 2 best books on the subject although, the latter is probably one of the best literary works of the 20th century.


    What three words best describe Jon Acuff’s performance?

    Honest. Clean. Plain.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Quitter?

    Formulating a plan and following the key "steps to take." Not comparing my dream with others success. Continually push forward and see work as part of life and who I am. I took a ton of notes of things to work on.


    Any additional comments?

    The self-help sector of the publishing world is seen as the cash cow for many authors. It is probably the largest sector of sales for books in general. This being said there is an overwhelming amount of worthless books in this genre. This is not one of them. A very concise description of the path and issues faced when chasing your dreams. This book actually has a contrary view to a lot of self-help books with the same subject. It is not going to fluff you up with a bunch of non-sense but give you a clear understanding of the issues that may arise when chasing your dream. It is a breath of fresh air and a sobering of the mind. The subjects covered will give you a solid foundation to launch your dreams off of.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron Norlane, Australia 10-05-13
    Aaron Norlane, Australia 10-05-13
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    "Amusing and Insightful stories"
    Where does Quitter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Humor


    Any additional comments?

    The stories were insightful - the book is full of stories and you'll find gems you can relate to and apply.

    It's not a step-by-step as such, more of what you can reflect on and find hidden - a treasure hunt. Because everyone's story is unique. I can't believe he went through so many jobs - averaging 1 year in each - 2 years for autotrader and I see 3 years with Dave Ramsey - his dream job. But I digress.

    Overall what I got from the book is finding a balance between working your day job, and working toward your dream job.

    Most useful insight: Try to discover who you are, start with what you wanted to be and do when you were a child and work from there - what excited you instead of trying to reinvent yourself. I know it's part of a story, but the insight was valuable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Cebu, Philippines 10-04-13
    Joseph Cebu, Philippines 10-04-13
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    "This book got me excited!"
    If you could sum up Quitter in three words, what would they be?

    1. Don't just quit your job.
    2. Fall in LIKE with the job you hate.
    3. Know when to quit your job.
    4. Quit your job.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed how the author tried to connect to the listener. The "side comments" made me feel like I am getting more than the book.

    The first part really spoke to me. "Don't just quit your job." is the first advice of its kind. It's practical.


    Have you listened to any of Jon Acuff’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. I am listening to his other book Start. I think this one is better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Erika Antioch, IL, United States 03-27-13
    Erika Antioch, IL, United States 03-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent -- highly recommend"
    What made the experience of listening to Quitter the most enjoyable?

    Not only is the content of Quitter excellent, but Jon Acuff is very personable and engaging. He made listening to the book fun. I also appreciate the number of times he went "off script" to add helpful information.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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