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The get ready, get going guide to navigating career change and doing work you love!

New York Times best-selling author Jon Acuff has drawn millions of online fans who love his refreshing mix of humor, honesty, and wisdom about the world of work. Now he offers his most important audiobook yet, a guide to making big career changes - by choice or necessity - and escaping the horrible feeling of being trapped in the wrong job.

Acuff finds it amazing that people spend more than 18 years studying and preparing for college but little or no time honing their careers between graduation and retirement. He offers an empowering tool he calls the Career Savings Account, which will change the way you think about your skills, relationships, character, and work ethic. He also shows that if you're on the wrong track, you already have what you need to change it - even if your family and mortgage mean you can't simply pick up and move for a new opportunity.

Throughout the book, Acuff features inspiring and funny true stories - not merely his own but those of friends who restarted their careers after a layoff, an extended maternity leave, or simply the realization that they were suffering 50 weeks a year just to pay the bills and enjoy two weeks of vacation. Everyone can benefit from Do Over, from new graduates to 50-somethings and beyond.

©2015 Jon Acuff (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • 08-26-17

Not for advanced consumers of the topic

The advice in this book is real and quality advice but it is also basic. I found the information to be obvious information I was already very well aware of. That being said, I can see how this book could be useful for someone beginning thier own journey of professional discovery.

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Great book!

I've become a big Jon Acuff fan and just listened to Do Over for the second time. It's timely - I graduate today with a Bachelor's degree at age 51. I look forward to the most recent "Do Over" in my life and I'll be referring to Acuff's book as I do.

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  • 07-05-15

Do Over at 47?!

I have a job that I enjoy but feel stuck..missing the "meaning" and connection to it. I'm in the process of exploring other opportunities and didn't realize I was in the midst of a do over. Thank you John Acuff for giving me some tools to maneuver through this and for offering stories that make it okay to contemplate a do over at 47!

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Sorry Jon, This book shouldnt have been written...

I LOVED Jon's books Quitter and Start!! I came into this book with high hopes!! Blah.... Spoiler alert, Jon lost his "dream job" working for Dave Ramsey, and to get back on his feet he was able to fall back on his group of friends that he has nurtured for the last 10 years..... Soooo, if you are getting this book because life has pooped on you and you looking for insight on how to start again... The first thing you need to do is go back in time and nurture a large group of friends, because you are gonna need them....
Sorry Jon, I will be buying your next book, but I will be returning this one....

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Another must-read from Jon

I was so excited to listen to Jon's new book! I loved "Quitter" and "Start" so I was so excited when he came out with "Do Over" Listening to him read it really helps convey his message too, he has so much great advice! Definitely check to out if you need to get unstuck :)

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Jon is keeping me motivated

I enjoy Acuff's books, he has a realistic and fun perspective on career life. I can't wait to read his books in 10 years, they are only getting better. Because he is a young writer, I often times feel as though I am in a similar stage as him. This helps me connect, but also helps me seek out guidance from "old timers" as well. Seeking wisdom from multiple counsellors is important. I will always seek wisdom from Acuff.

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His best book so far.

What made the experience of listening to Do Over the most enjoyable?

Jon has a nice delivery and interesting perspectives on core self-development concepts. This is a guy who was going through his own "do over" while writing this book, so it's fresh and real, not a revisionist version of something that happened long ago. Because of this, you can actually see how this advice works.

What did you learn from Do Over that you would use in your daily life?

The exercises he gives are excellent and worth doing, even if you're not in a career transition.

Any additional comments?

It's a solid book that you'll review again and again when going through transitions in your life.

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Orchard Tending

Having read Jon's two other books I was excited to read this one. So excited that I grabbed the book on Audible while my copy makes its way through the mail.

My greatest takeaway from this book was how to build character in the work you do. The book focuses on the many ways to make your work life better and get you ready for success in future work. Really though, this seems to all be done through a series of character deposits into your career savings account (a nifty term from the book). Since character can be so nebulous, the author describes ways you can figure out what you need to work on, how you can build up those areas, and who can help you with both tasks.

On this first listen I didn't stop to do the tasks, as I was already multitasking by listening to this book. However, it did leave me with questions to mull over between listening sessions that will make the tasks easier to do with the second read.

I highly recommend picking up the Audiobook as Jon really brings his own passion on the subject in the reading. Several times he goes off script for a small, but interesting or funny aside. I find myself going back to his Audiobooks just to make a bad day a little better or to motivate me to finish a task I've been dreading. I really hope you'll give him a chance on your trek trough the self help section.

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Amazing as always!

I loved this book! I love that Jon Acuff actually read it. It was so easy to listen to and I NEVER got bored. He has so much wisdom and good stuff to share. I found myself making bookmarks constantly.
I would recommend this book to everyone. Absolutely everyone.

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  • 12-14-16

awesome awesome

great book. great reader. great author.

if you're stuck in your career or having trouble getting things moving to transition to a new career. this book is for you.

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