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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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Extremely repetitive

Here is the whole book: when you think it’s time, jump! For a person early in their career or the possibility you have never had someone tell you it’s okay to go for it than this may be for you. If you have read Sheryl Sandberg’s book “Lean In,”this is a similar base premise except with the word Jump. In all honesty I could not drag myself through the entire book and I shut it off after an hour and a half so there is a possibility it improved at the end and my review does not include that portion.

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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.

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Very insightful and a great read

Loved hearing all the diverse backgrounds of people Mike interviewed. I liked the sections of jumps... I don't know what I will jump for, but I feel prepared.