Twitterature {Jon Acuff Edition}

I didn’t purposely set out to read all of Jon Acuff’s career books this month, but sometimes you can’t get what you want right away at the library! So while waiting for his newest release, I picked up his first two books, and then ended up knocking them all out in a few weeks!

I thought all three of these books were great, but as I start on my own career “Do Over,” certain parts of each of them felt more relevant to me at this point in time.


Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job & Your Dream Job

I read this book right after I submitted my notice of resignation. So it was less about finding the motivation I needed to turn my day job into my dream job, and more about confirming that I made the right decision in leaving one dream job in pursuit of another. There were lots of great questions to ask yourself to be sure that the process was right for you. I.e. do people who know me well support this decision?


Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work that Matters

This book came into my hands at the exact perfect time. I enjoyed the practical questions at the end of the book which encouraged me to actually stop and think through the principles he was sharing. I appreciated that and it spurred me to create a plan for when I embark on my next adventure, post employment. This book tackled all of the “what if” questions that fear throws in our face to hold us back {What if I’m not successful? What if I regret my decision? What if I disappoint my family (or myself?…just to name a few!)}.

Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work, and Never Get Stuck

I would say Acuff’s newest release has the potential to reach the most people, as everyone can feel the need for a “do over” in one area of their life or another. I liked the way that he described career transitions and explained the skills you need to navigate each one. The hustle section was my favorite, because I follow @JonAcuff on Twitter and always hear him talking about hustle. Like most people, I wrongly assumed that meant “work harder and do more things.” I gave up before I started because I knew I couldn’t take on any more. In Do Over, Jon explains that “hustle” is composed of Grit, Awareness and Flexibility. A major part of that is realizing what season you are in, and cutting things out that aren’t helping you in your Do Over…which frees up time to add in the things that will help you! THAT is something I need more of in my life.

Because Do Over came out just last month, Jon is promoting the book quite a bit via social media and engaging his community of followers in all sorts of challenges. The Do Summer Challenge is encouraging followers to work on a skill for 100 hours…in 15 minute increments. You can read more about it here. I plan to learn how to use my new camera and develop some beginner photography skills! What are you going to hustle on?


*Linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy for Quick Lit.

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