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“A smart and honest freight train of a book, one that's as witty and approachable as it is pragmatic.” ―Chicago Tribune

“I am so tired of books that overpromise and underdeliver. Josh cares enough to tell you the truth about life and work. Plus he gives you strategies that actually produce results. That's why I LOVE this book. You'll get the unvarnished truth on what you need to make your dreams a reality.” ―Mark Sanborn, New York Times bestselling author of The Fred Factor and You Don't Need a Title to Be a Leader

“If Josh Shipp has an obvious super power, it's this: connecting with people on what really matters, while pushing away all the fluff and distracting stuff that doesn't matter. Jump Ship is a great read, and important for this generation.” ―Chris Brogan, New York Times bestselling author of The Impact Equation and Trust Agents

“Too many people walk away from their dream, swayed by those who say it's not possible. If you're one of those normal people, you'll hate this book. Using ‘uncommon' sense, humor, and profound insights, Josh shares how he went right straight toward his dream and how you can do the same.” ―Dan Miller, bestselling author of 48 Days to the Work You Love

“When it comes to understanding the minds of young adults, there is no greater expert than Josh Shipp. I've witnessed firsthand the connections he's made and the lives he's transformed. With Jump Ship, he applies his one-of-a-kind talents to helping those who feel stuck at a dead-end. The book he has produced is a masterpiece of intelligence and acute insight. A must-read for anyone entering the workplace or looking to find their place within it.” ―Ellen Rakieten, Emmy Award-Winning Producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show

“Josh is one of the most insightful, generous and inspiring people that I know. With his unconventional and clever programs, he has helped many teens and families improve their lives in profound ways. Jump Ship will help YOU figure out two BIG things: who YOU truly are and what YOU really want in life. Jump Ship will be a life-changing catalyst for readers!” ―Kevin Carroll, bestselling author of the Rules of the Red Rubber Ball

“Shipp is a genius at diagnosing and correcting a life that's gone off course. Jump Ship will show you that success is not a destination, but in fact a direction. Forward! ” ―Tim Sanders, author Love Is the Killer App: How To Win Business & Influence Friends

Jump Ship delivers an unconventional and much-needed approach to discovering what's possible for your future. This book is not for the weak, but for the moment when you are ready to jump into life.” ―Jason Dorsey, bestselling author of My Reality Check Bounced!

“This book shows you how to take a stock of yourself and then focus your insights onto the ideal job for you. The key to lifelong success!” ―Brian Tracy, author of Earn What You're Really Worth

Jump Ship is a perfectly succinct book that offers authoritative guidance for job seekers--or for anyone whose life needs a shot in the arm.” ―Scott Gerber, author of Never Get a "Real" Job, founder of the Young Entrepreneur Council, and columnist for Inc. and Time

“No amount of money can take the place of a job that makes your heart leap. Jump Ship is not just about steering you toward success (although it does that too), but about finding fulfillment and joy in achieving personal and professional goals.” ―Jeremy Kingsley, author of Inspired People Produce Results

“You've got to Jump Ship to Josh Shipp! He's written a fun and informative job guide to inspire us to live out our full potential. Passion and purpose--your career and your life--aren't two separate paths. They are the central principles to live a life that matters. Jump Ship is a must read!” ―Mark C. Thompson, New York Times bestselling author of Admired and Now, Build a Great Business, CEO of Virgin Unite Mentors, and Tony-winning Broadway producer

About the Author

JOSH SHIPP is the host of Jump Shipp, a documentary TV series offering individuals a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live out their dreams. He's an award-winning entrepreneur named to Inc. Magazine's "30 Under 30" list and is the founder of Youth Speaker University. He has contributed to MTV, CNN, 20/20, Good Morning America, The New York Times, and


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (December 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312646739
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312646738
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #868,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Josh Shipp aka "The Teen Whisperer" is a former at-risk foster kid turned teen advocate. His TV series TEEN TROUBLE (A&E / Lifetime) documented his work with teens in crisis. He is the author of "The Teen's Guide to World Domination", and was listed on Inc. Magazine's 30 under 30 list of successful entrepenuers.

He helps adults understand teens & teens understand themselves.

He is a recognized teen expert for media outlets as MTV, CNN, FOX, The New York Times, 20/20, Good Morning America. He's worked with groups of parents, educators & mental health professionals plus has spoken to more than TWO Million teens live.

His ultimate goal is to help as many young people as possible. He trains other speakers through Youth Speaker University and his online mentoring program for teens "A Year of Awesomeness" has a world-wide reach.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 9, 2013
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DISCLAIMER: I know Josh on a personal and professional level. This will be an honest but biased review.

THE BOOK: I wasn't expecting the book to strike a cord with me. I just purchased it to support Josh's work because outside of his achievements, he's just a cool guy and a great mentor. But you have no idea how much value I've gotten from Jump Ship. Seriously.

"You're never going to know what you want if you don't know who you are." I don't know why, but I started crying when I read those words. Probably because a part of me knew that I was already on the right path, moving in the direction of my dreams, fulfilling my purpose and having a great mentor by my side. But another part of me felt lost and confused because although I'm passionate about so many things, I had no idea WHY I'm so passionate about them and what I wanted to focus on specifically for the next 10 years of my life. Reading Jump Ship gave me the right perspective to see the big picture. It's like seeing the whole puzzle vs getting caught up with a piece of the puzzle. And it's this renewed perspective that has inspired me to reflect and go deeper in my "Y" to understand and see my "Z" (you'll get this when you read his book, which will be part of your "X').

THE AUTHOR: I'm very selective with who I take my advice from. When it comes to listening to someone I respect and admire, they must be:


Josh meets all of these requirements.

BOTTOM LINE: The proof is in the pudding. He demonstrates his successful strategies in his own life and in the lives of those he mentors.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By F. Ramirez on December 4, 2013
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Picked up this book and read it straight through. Easy to read, advice was hard to hear, JUST WHAT I NEEDED. I'm creating my chart of habits I do everyday and finding ways to tweak them to improve areas of my life and business.

"These tiny decisions define where your life is heading and ultimately reinforce or hijack who you want to be." (p. 75, Jump Ship)

I've implemented advice that Josh has given out to speakers in his Youth Speaker University program and following his advice has led me to "Jump Ship". He was the first person I told when I decided to take the leap.

Thanks for writing this book Josh, I have some work to do and people to give it to as a gift. Your work is inspiring!

P.S. I just put on my pants, now I'm off to make gold records ;) <--Must read the book to get this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Robinson on January 10, 2014
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Josh's enthusiasm and genuine care for the reader shines through in this easy to read book. I basically read it two days whilst eating in-between and relaxing, whilst finishing off the Christmas holidays here in Perth, Western Australia. The fact I wanted to get back to read it as soon as I could was a good sign. I actually didn't skip ahead, like I do alot of times whilst reading a book like this. There was no need to, Josh tells you, to wait, look and listen in his friendly, down to earth, witty and straight to the jugular manner. Without going into any detail (not necessary) Joshes brief self disclosure of his childhood, sank my heart a-bit and I warmed to his hard truth's like a protective mother. Then I quickly snapped out of it and back to the mission, success, shake it or settle. Although, I have read similar books. This guy takes the layers off our wimpy little ego, fear based memories, so we can forge ahead. The Lesson 3, got me the most (As I couldn't decide between 2 of my dreams) and I have written it down now, although it took me a fews days to mull it over. There is a sequel to this book I can see down the track. I only finished reading it two days ago and I cant stop thinking about it, or my dream really!! I am in planning mode and I am off and away. As Josh says when planning meets opportunity success will follow, or something like that! Yes, I recommend it. I am not going to settle!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Costigan on December 9, 2013
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I've read many career advice books. Probably too many. I had seen Josh's TV show called 'Jump Shipp' earlier in my journey towards creating my own business. I was always intrigued by the way the show made the whole experience feel so defined. I work full time for a very fast growing technology company, and so I didn't think there would be much of a hybrid model between my job and my passion, rather I just needed to pick one and hope for the best. After reading 'Jump Ship', I know this is not the case. This book lays out a clearly defined process for making the transition 10x easier on yourself because it forces you to think through your goals and create a plan. The bottom line is this book isn't just another feel good 'You Can Do it' attitude book - it's honest, calling you out, and very actionable.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Wallace on December 3, 2013
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What makes Josh Shipp one of the truly great voices of our time is not only his ability to help anyone with a heartbeat get to the core of their own personal truth, but also the fact that he is able to show them exactly what to do when they get there. In Jump Shipp, Josh uses his razor sharp wit and insight to help readers help themselves by finding their passion and turning it into a career. As a parent and employer, I have seen Shipp's wisdom and direction impact virtually everyone in my life, especially me - Jump Shipp was the spark plug.
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