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Quitter [Kindle Edition]

Jon Acuff
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (360 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Have you ever felt caught between the tension of a day job and a dream job? That gap between what you have to do and what you’d love to do?

I have.

At first I thought I was the only one who felt that way, but then I started to talk to people and realized we’re becoming the “I’m, but” generation. When we talk about what we do for a living we inevitably say, “I’m a teacher, but I want to be an artist.” “I’m a CPA, but I’d love to start my own business.”

“I’m a _____, but I want to be a ______.”

All too often, we hear that dreaming big means you quit your day job, sell everything you own, and move to Guam. But what if there were a different way?

What if you could blow up your dream without blowing up your life?

What if you could go for broke without going broke?

What if you could start today?

What if you already have everything you need to begin?

From figuring out what your dream is to quitting in a way that exponentially increases your chance of success, Quitter is full of inspiring stories and actionable advice. This book is based on 12 years of cubicle living and my true story of cultivating a dream job that changed my life and the world in the process.

It’s time to close the gap between your day job and your dream job.

It’s time to be a Quitter.


Editorial Reviews

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Quitter will entertain, enlighten and challenge you to commit yourself to Mondays Of Joy instead of looking forward to the weekend so you can finally live.

Tim Sanders New York Times Bestselling author of Today We Are Rich, former Yahoo! executive and a quitter --daveramsey.com

There are friends (I might be one of them) who will tell you, "Quit your job and follow your dream." But Jon Acuff is smarter than that. Quitter is about going from cubicle-bound to Outward Bound without committing financial and marital hara-kiri along the way - and actually succeeding in the end. This book is wise, personal, funny and loaded with practical, real-world insights from Mr. Acuff's own ongoing odyssey. If you're torn between living your dream and putting food on the table for the wife and kids, don't make a move till you read Quitter.

Steven Pressfield bestselling author of The War of Art and Do the Work --daveramsey.com

There are friends (I might be one of them) who will tell you, "Quit your job and follow your dream." But Jon Acuff is smarter than that. Quitter is about going from cubicle-bound to Outward Bound without committing financial and marital hara-kiri along the way - and actually succeeding in the end. This book is wise, personal, funny and loaded with practical, real-world insights from Mr. Acuff's own ongoing odyssey. If you're torn between living your dream and putting food on the table for the wife and kids, don't make a move till you read Quitter.

Steven Pressfield bestselling author of The War of Art and Do the Work --daveramsey.com

About the Author

Jon Acuff is a New York Times best-selling author. Jon speaks nationally on a variety of subjects and is the author of three books: Quitter (Lampo Press); Gazelles, Baby Steps And 37 Other Things Dave Ramsey Taught Me About Debt (Lampo Press); and Stuff Christians Like (Zondervan®). Jon s wildly popular blog, StuffChristiansLike.net, has more than 3 million readers.

Product Details

  • File Size: 298 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lampo Press (May 5, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZL9TW0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,984 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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333 of 349 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy Quitter now August 31, 2011
Format:Hardcover
I feel like a jerk telling you to read this book. I loved reading it but hated the implications. Jon Acuff cuts right through all the crappy excuses that we put between us and our dreams. This book haunts me a month after I finished it. I can't fritter away time on the internet anymore with a clear conscience. I wake up earlier so I can take time to write and focus my thoughts for the day. I find myself trying harder and doing more work at work. It sucks. I miss my life as a slacker.

Acuff writes from his own experiences not in a show off way but in a clever way that gives him credibility. I laughed and cried a little, but in a cool way, not an overly emotional wreck kind of way. Acuff is ridiculously likable which is probably best for him because if I didn't like him, I might try to kick him in the shins for suggesting that a work ethic in your current job will help you prepare for your future dream job.

If you're taking time to read this review, you obviously have time to read something more substantial like a book. Go ahead and buy Quitter. Read it yourself. Give it to your whiny friends who can't figure out why they're not living their dreams. Call your brother or sister and read it to them over the phone. Give it to your kid in the basement who thinks it's normal to live with parents 10 years after graduating from college. You could also do what I did and give this book away with a break up note to your boyfriend, gently implying the relationship is doomed because he won't put away the X Box and become a grownup. So yeah, buy Quitter once, buy it twice, buy an entire case of books. I know you know people who should read it. My guess is you might be one of them, too.
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124 of 136 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay read, but... July 18, 2011
By Steph
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I feel like I know Jon Acuff better after reading this book, but feel no closer to closing the gap between my dream job and my day job. Insights, but nothing revelatory. As someone who has considered alternatives to my day job for longer than a few hours, each of the ideas presented in this book has already crossed my mind. I also felt like the book was geared toward someone whose "dream" was similar to Jon's -- blogging, writing, creating a brand. If that's not what you dream of doing, I'd find another book to read.
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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sadly disappointed. November 6, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this book based on the Dave Ramsey association, assuming that it would have something of real tangible value in it. I was mistaken. Don't get me wrong, there is some good advice in here, but not worth the cost of the book. Judging by the amount of people that responded with a positive rating, I am in the minority.

The biggest thing I took away from this book was something I knew before I read it. If you want to know what that is, buy the book. I will not disclose this out of respect for the author. Perhaps this is why I am disappointed with the content of the book. I was possibly expecting too much based the title. After reading the book, I found it is more of an autobiographical account of Mr. Acuff's journey to join the Dave Ramsey organization. The book does note some common sense practices in going about the self discovery process.

The book is full of common sense practices in dealing with the difficulties of fulltime employment while trying to make the switch to something more fulfilling. He is not saying anything new. There is no great revelation to be had by reading this book.

The author describes his journey through his various employers and documents his personal life-lessons. There is really not enough substance to completely fill up a book, so he writes a bunch of seemingly unrelated stories in an attempt to elaborate on his points and quotes from other people. The author constantly references his experiences on his past blogging work to the point where I wished he had done something else. He also continuously references and plugs other people's books.
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84 of 100 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
I received an advanced copy of this book and blew through it in a weekend. It was fantastic.

The reason? Jon delivers a ton of wisdom in a very compelling voice.

Why is his voice compelling? Because he's "been there, done that". He's taken the path from his day job to his dream job. He's made the tough decisions, fought through the mistakes, and lived to tell about it.

Why else is his voice compelling? Because he's hilarious. It's so much easier to digest the wisdom Jon brings when it's broken up with absurd pop culture references and great anecdotes from his own life.

Why do I keep talking in questions? Who knows.

But here's the bottom line: If you're looking for an honest account of what it's like to make the transition from your day job to your dream job, this book is for you. Jon won't sugarcoat the journey or convince you that it's worth making stupid decisions now that you'll pay for later. He stays grounded in reality while inspiring you to truly connect with the things you're passionate about, and he gives you hope and a plan for getting there yourself.

Can't recommend it enough.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Quitter review
I was interested in this book, because I want to follow my dreams. The information in "Quitter" helped give me more insight into that. Very good read!
Published 3 days ago by daniel ray matheny
1.0 out of 5 stars Finished the book only because I didn't want to be a Quitter
Book was filled with too many irrelevant pop culture references and no real helpful ideas. I felt it was just a nice ego trip for the author.
Published 9 days ago by abky
4.0 out of 5 stars Ready to quit
Good read and great stories. More wordier than I thought, I was ready for him to get to the point.
Published 25 days ago by Redhead
5.0 out of 5 stars A well written book with lots of real world insight
It's a fast and entertaining read into the world of making any job your dream job. Really recommend to anyone.
Published 27 days ago by j puryear
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome twist to the title
WOW what can I say, as human beings we are quitters, this book brings home the message that it is not alright to quit, on yourself, on your family, on your dreams. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great read on Dream Chasing with a family
Great dissertation (thanks auto-spell) on how to pursue your dreams while still managing risk. Jon has a light easy writing style that is easy to read.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars From the first line to the last
Fun, funny, beautifully written, and so helpful. So much good information. You will not want to put it down. Thanks, Jon.
Published 1 month ago by Pat M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Informed decision making.
Practical. Truth telling. Experienced author, not some theory. Entertaining and powerful. Simple and challenging. He lays the reality out there for you to make informed decisions.
Published 1 month ago by Cotton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
inspiring read. If you hate your job and feel you should be doing something else, this book is a great first step towards your dream job. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Travis J. Chinn
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Book & Advice
I am very passionate about my dream and I couldn't have read this book at a better time. It contained great advice and practical steps to closing the gap between your day job and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Yosh
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More About the Author

Jon Acuff used to be a Serial Quitter. He had eight jobs in eight years, constantly hoping the next one would be different. From writing advertising for The Home Depot to branding for companies like Bose and Staples, he's no stranger to the cubicle. In 2010, Jon closed the gap between his day job and his dream job when he joined the Dave Ramsey team to become a full-time author. He has contributed to CNN.com, speaks nationally on a variety of subjects, and is the author of three books: Quitter; Gazelles, Baby Steps And 37 Other Things Dave Ramsey Taught Me About Debt; and Stuff Christians Like. He lives in Nashville, TN, with his wife and two daughters.

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