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When to Jump

If the Job You Have Isn't the Life You Want
Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
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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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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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A Very Dangerous Book.

I have been playing with the idea of taking my side hustle and going full time. This book was very encouraging and the plan is forming. For that aspect I liked the book very much. There are many examples of folks who have gone for it.

The problem is each story was a different narrator, many of which sounded like they were first time audio book narrators. 44 stories 44 narrators many are REALLY BAD. The content was the only saving grace for me. Maybe these folks are doing this as a side gig, most will need lots more training before going full time as narrator.

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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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Motivation

This book was extremely helpful and motivational to myself. I highly recommended this book to anyone who is not happy with where they are in their job and wants to pursue their true passion and interest.

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Exactly what I needed to hear.

The collection of stories from all walks of life make this book applicable to just about anyone who is considering making the jump. At a time in my life where I’m nervous to make the full time jump into the next venture, these stories assured me that everything works itself out. Highly suggest to anyone who is just now hearing that little voice to people who are on the fence ready to go.

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Very inspiring!

I’ve listened to this book two times now and each time I take away new things. It’s very inspiring and I love that the stories were read by the individuals!

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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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  • Amy
  • MINNEAPOLIS, MN
  • 04-13-18

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.