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Quitter: Closing the Gap between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job

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9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

It'll be tough for a dreamer to quit reading Quitter....

At some point must business/self-help books get boring and need to be set aside then picked up at a later date.


That was not the case with Jon Acuff's latest non-fiction work titled Quitter. I could not put this book down.


At its core it's a book about dream...
At some point must business/self-help books get boring and need to be set aside then picked up at a later date.


That was not the case with Jon Acuff's latest non-fiction work titled Quitter. I could not put this book down.


At its core it's a book about dreaming - specifically regarding your dream job - yet Acuff's impassioned tone and engaging style takes this book far above the typical self-help-career-guide fare.


Acuff writes from his own personal and professional experiences to craft a text that is imminently relateable to anyone who has been in a sub-par work experience. One of the key insights he makes is that identifying your dream job is not so much about discovering what you want to do, but rather recovering those things from your past that most enlivened, invigorated and fulfilled you.


According to Acuff, it's those things that will help point you toward your dream job, as will as asking yourself questions such as, "What do I enjoy doing regardless of the opinions of others?" or "What do I do that causes me to lose track of time because I'm so engaged?"


Another telltale identifier of your dream is whether or not it involves risk. Acuff writes, "Every dream has risk associated with it. Some might have more than others, but each dream comes wrapped in some degree of risk. If it doesn't, it's not really a dream."

The author than offers three unique metaphors for filtering perceptions of dream risk involving a magnifying glass, kaleidoscope or telescope - each resulting in a different follow-up and outcome. I'm at a loss to explain how the elegance and obviousness of those metaphorical perception models have not seen print prior to Quitter.


It's also important to note that this book addresses the importance of balance in the pursuit of your dream. Balance of time, commitment, your family, your hustle and your day job.


The aspect that makes this book highly readable and relateable is that Acuff writes about his own real-life experiences, hopes and stories - those are much more compelling than the typical clever action steps or checklists toward success that are common in such books.


Sometimes life is messy, which makes Acuff's message relevant and well worth reading and re-reading. But be advised, that once you start reading Quitter it may be difficult to stop.

posted by Tor_Constantino on June 23, 2011

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1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Not what i expected

The beginning of the book was promising but by the end, it lost its grip on what really matters, the readers connection with reality. Apparently, as long as you stay with your day job and work on your dream job (on your own time), a muti-millionaire will hire you and yo...
The beginning of the book was promising but by the end, it lost its grip on what really matters, the readers connection with reality. Apparently, as long as you stay with your day job and work on your dream job (on your own time), a muti-millionaire will hire you and you will live happily ever after. This isnt a step by step book, its one mans experiance. Your not even that old enough to write these keeps of books, Jon. You need to have lived and experianced hardship and success at a old age. You are in your 30s! You dont know how long you will keep your current dream JOB. You might still find you do not want to work with Dave Ramsey. And might start your own personnal journey and not get an awful 10 percent commision on your OWN books. I also feel that Dave Ramsey was disrespectful and simply played with your emotions when he did not pay you for speaking the first couple times. Dont be fooled by his stature and his business. You took time out of your own life to come and speak and he did not even have the respect to pay for your travel expenses. His a human, just like you and i.

posted by Anonymous on February 19, 2013

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