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Publisher's Summary

This program is read by the author and an exciting cast of readers including Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. Also included are the winning fan submissions from the Macmillan Audio When to Jump contest.

An inspirational audiobook that lays out the "Jump Curve" - four steps to wholeheartedly pursuing the career of your dreams - through experiences from a variety of people who have jumped and never looked back 

When Mike Lewis was 24 and working in a prestigious corporate job, he eagerly wanted to leave and pursue his dream of becoming a professional squash player. But he had questions: When is the right time to move from work that is comfortable to a career you have only dared to dream of? How have other people made such a jump? What did they feel when making that jump - and afterward? 

Mike sought guidance from others who had "jumped", and the responses he got - from a banker who started a brewery, a publicist who became a bishop, a garbage collector who became a furniture designer, and on and on - were so clear-eyed and inspiring that Mike wanted to share what he had learned with others who might be helped by those stories. First, though, he started playing squash professionally. 

The right audiobook at the right time, When to Jump offers more than 40 heartening stories (from the founder of Bonobos, the author of The Big Short, the designer of the Lyft logo, the Humans of New York creator, and many more) and takeaways that will inspire, instruct, and reassure, including the ingenious four-phase Jump Curve. 

This program is read by Mike Lewis, Sheryl Sandberg, Jeff Arch, Betsy Lewis, Nate Chambers, Laura McKowen, Tommy Clark, Elle Luna, Lawrence Campbell, Fernando Rodriguez-Villa, Merle R. Saferstein, Kelly O'Hara, Amy VanHaren, Alex Stern, Zorina Exie J. Frey, Adrian Cardenas, Alexander Armstrong, Akasha Agrawal, Maia Josebachvili, Eric Wu, Emily Broas, Alexandra Stein, Rahul Razdan, Frank Britt, Luis M. Rodriguez-Villa, Ethan Eyler, Abigail Ogilvy Ryan, Olankunle Oladehin, Brian Kelly, Khe Hy, Harriet Davies, Dr. Michael Lewis, Greg Klassen, Dan Kenary, Kyle Battle, James Bourque, Elizabeth Hague, Adam Fried, Drew Joseph, Tyler Cramer, Danni Pomplun, Melissa Mielke, Alex Korchinkski, Anoopreet Rehncy, Brenda Berkman, and William Hochman. 

©2018 Mike Lewis (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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Do you hear a voice inside you?

This book spoke to me like few others have before and this is mainly due to the amazing stories from real people on their JUMP experience. An unexpected bonus was to have the stories read from the actual people who JUMPED! I was able to relate to many different aspects of the stories including the 'voice', ideas and knowing there is something more than my current situation. You will hear from people in all walks of life who knew they had to not only listen to that voice inside but they had to do something about it. They had to make a JUMP!

Interwoven with the stories is some solid advice that can be used to guide you in your JUMP. I've started my plan to JUMP because I know that I can no longer ignore or push down the voice inside me that is wanting out.

If you hear that voice inside telling you to JUMP, you are not alone.

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Write a book when you have a compelling story....

This guy was a spoiled kid with just a handful of years into his work life. He has no bills, no children, no mortgage, etc....so he decided to make this oh so risky “jump” into the unknown. Come back and speak to me when you’ve had your ass kicked a few times, been divorced once, have 4 children, been through bankruptcy.....then decide to jump at great risks to not only myself, but my family. That’s a compelling back story. Not an Ivy League little boy who had all kinds of parachutes to pull if had been in trouble. Blah....garbage.

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So inspired by this book!

I am 30 years old and this book came to me at the perfect time! It was just the encouragement I needed in order to make my own jump! It also let me know that no time has been wasted! As I began to read it some things started to unfold for me. I was able to start approaching things in a way I never had before! It changed my mindset and gave me confidence to start stepping out into dreams I've had for years! Thank you.

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Great companion and guidance through my own jump

I am in the verge of my own jump, and this book was the best companion and guide through it. Though I haven't jump I am just there, negotiating my out from my favourite Company to work with, Amazon.com. I am happy and at peace that "if not me who, if not now when?" is stronger in my head. Thank you.

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Interesting

I’m not sure if I read the synopsis wrong, but this book was not what I expected, although still interesting. It was basically one man’s detailed jump (the author) and many abbreviated “jump” stories (although some I would not necessarily consider a “jump”). All in all, this had good rid bits of information, but I had to take at least 3-4 extended breaks from listening daily.

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Fascinating & relatable stories from real jumpers

Would you consider the audio edition of When to Jump to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version, however I still feel confident in saying YES. Most of the time you are hearing the actual person read their own jump story. That perhaps was my favorite part of the book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I appreciated many characters, but was very pleased to hear the story of the famed creator of Humans of New York. Very interesting to learn how he got to where he is.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A sense of humanity - the narrators are bearing their stories of courage and resilience through jumping. It almost feels like you are in the room with them hearing their stories - very well done.

What did you learn from When to Jump that you would use in your daily life?

Don't be afraid of life's obstacles (seeming or real). It's okay to color outside the lines and envision a different life for yourself, after having followed a conventional path but are craving more out of life.

Any additional comments?

A must read for anyone who is even semi-career oriented, or considering a jump of their own someday. For my jump it was incredibly helpful to hear other's stories and realize that the self-doubt experienced is super normal and often careful planning and creating a back up plan can ease the fear of taking the jump.

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Way too redundant.

If you want to hear several dozen (hundred?) people tell their “jump” story this book is for you. Otherwise, pass, or get the paper version so you can easily skip all of that and get the few pages of actual content.

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Well done!

Excellent points and highly quotable. I made a Google Doc summarizing these stories. In my life, thanks to this book, I've come to the conclusion that I'm not ready to make a jump, but I am making the steps to get there!

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Motivating and Informative

This book gives really great perspectives if you are considering changing your career. The best part of the book are the different stories narrated by the people that lived the experiences. Each brought a different perspective which helped solidify the belief that you should jump if you have a dream to pursue. The only part of this book I didn't care for were the redundant portions where the author reiterated the main points of each individual's stories. That was completely unnecessary. Otherwise, it is definitely worth your time if you are considering a change.

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Humble Inspiring Stories, Many Different Voices

I've heard about this book in a podcast interview with the author the day before it came out, and the timing was wonderful, because I was getting ready to quit my decent job for a somewhat uncertain future, or a few months of it anyway.

The book is a collection of stories from the people who at some point in their lives "jumped". Meaning, changed their lives and careers in a way that was "unexpected" from them and came with much uncertainty.

There is so much to love about this book!

The stories are all inspiring, and they are so in a human and relatable way. While many of them are somewhat conventional successes: the person wanted to do something, achieved their goal, and (one presumes) lived happily ever after; others are not exactly. Some of the narrators are still in the middle of their journey, and they share their uncertainties with us in a way that's reassuring: yes, scary, but better than not trying at all. Others tried pursuing their dreams, overcame obstacles, had to change course, discovered something new. Even the narrators sharing stories of conventional success often share the paths that, for years, didn't exactly look like it would lead there. Some "successes" are lucrative. Some are primarily deeply fulfilling personally.

The author's own story weaved in throughout the book is of the kind where he accomplished what he set to accomplish, came back, and then found something else entirely (cue the book). It offers some endearing details the book is full of: those Power Point slides!

Next, I love how many different voices there are. In particular, happy to hear many female voices and voices of people of different ages, who "jumped" at various points in their lives. Oh, and they are all (most?) contemporary. I actually happen to know one of the narrators, as in we run into each other and say hi every few weeks, and he's still doing what he happily jumped into.

Speaking of the voices, I highly recommend the audiobook edition. With very few exceptions, every story is told by the protagonist, and they are good!

My only wish is that the audiobook would come with some kind of a guide or informative chapter descriptions: ". ", which is how the print edition chapters are titled, sounds like. Perhaps a PDF with chapter list can be offered with the Audible edition? Not that I mind re-listening and stopping to bookmark my favorite parts and stories so I can find them again.