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Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work, and Never Get Stuck Hardcover – April 7, 2015
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“You have the power to give yourself a fresh start. Jon Acuff shows you how.”
—SOPHIA AMORUSO, author of #GIRLBOSS
“As Abraham Lincoln once said, being forced into work you don’t love is like paying to upgrade your cell phone to the latest model: no one should have to do that! Fortunately, you don’t need to do at least one of these things anymore. Take it from me and from Honest Abe: Jon’s book can get you unstuck."
—CHRIS GUILLEBEAU, author of The Happiness of Pursuit and The $100 Startup
“Do Over is an energetic, user-friendly guide to navigating the jumps, bumps, and ceilings that we all face in our careers.”
—ADAM GRANT, author of Give and Take
“Do Over is funny, insightful, and well-written. Three reasons I resent Jon Acuff.”
— JIM GAFFIGAN, comedian and author of Food: A Love Story
“Honest, funny, helpful, fresh: there’s a long list of words to describe the wisdom you’ll find in Do Over. I dare you to read the first few pages of this book. If you’re like me, you won’t be able to stop. I have ordered a copy for every member of my team.”
—MICHAEL HYATT, author of Platform
“Big dreams often start with big books. Do Over is one of them. The impact this book is going to have on the careers and lives of people across the world is going to be really fun to watch!”
—ANDY ANDREWS, author of The Noticer and The Traveler’s Gift
“Jon Acuff serves up heaping portions of sage advice with a healthy side of selfdeprecating humor. As an entrepreneur and business owner, I found myself nodding, laughing, and getting my toes stepped all over in a good way throughout these pages.”
—CRYSTAL PAINE, founder of MoneySavingMom.com and author of Say Goodbye to Survival Mode
“This is the best career book ever written. I’m not even sure what book comes in second. This is practical, human, touching, urgent, vulnerable, universal, actionable truth, all in a well-written, handy package. Go!”
—SETH GODIN, author of What to Do When It’s Your Turn
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Top Customer Reviews
I remember playing games as a kid, if you messed up you would always call out "I want a do over!" and get to take another chance.
This book isn't about quitting your job, it's not about starting a new one as Jon points out he has books on those topics already. What this book attempts to be is a playbook telling you the things you need to know. It gives you tools to use to figure out what you need to know and do. For example, throughout the book note-cards are a popular go-to tool that Jon asks you to pull out and use. He coaches you through the process explaining in the text that he knows it will be a challenge because you may not know what you want to do, but he asks for trusts.
Jon really offers great advice on restarting your career and making sure you are in a great place when you do so. It may be tempting to restart your career and burn bridges on the way out of your old but Jon explains why that isn't a good thing and what to do if you already have burned some bridges.
This is an all around practical book that offers good advice and exercises to make sure you are where you need to be. I would recommend it for anyone that has been in the same position or business for multiple years and needs that little push of motivation. Even for a new employee this is a great book to keep your mind focused and start you off on the right track but it is really designed for those of us that need the extra push and help to move us on our way and restart our careers.
In my print copy of the #DoOver book I've highlighted 90% of the book with marks such as "try this," or "do now" and "quote that." Seriously great book!
Acuff's writing style is entertaining and fun to read. This is not a boring career book with dry concepts. His fresh approach includes ideas such as:
>> Master the Invisible Skills
>> Never Become a Dinosaur
>> Grab the Right Hammer for Your Career Ceiling
Hidden behind years of humor and sarcasm is a brilliant mind with equally brilliant concepts. He's authentic, bold, humble and confident as Acuff shares his testimony on intentional career building. I could read this book over and over again (and probably will) and never get bored with it. Kudos to the writer and publisher for a book worthy of the bestsellers list!
Founder/Ministry Director at Womens Bible Cafe
1) Jobs I've Had, My Performance at each one, The Way I Left each one, and the Strength of Relationships I Left Behind
2) Skills I learned in the past, why it worked, and a succinct list of Could vs. Should Skills
3) A self-audit of Skills that come Naturally, What people Pay me for, What I'm Afraid of, and What I'll Write an eBook on
4) People I've worked with, played with, lived with, sought career advice from, followed online AND People who are Influential, Own a Business, and Wise about Career Issues
I wouldn't want to go through a career transition without this book, and I'm glad it finally exists. The cartoons are comical, the one-liners are actually funny, and the insight on each page is worth its weight in gold (maybe that's why they went with yellow for the cover...). If I had to pick one career coach to stick with for the next 15 years, it would be Jon Acuff, and I hope he decides to give in-person lessons or at least start video-blogging.
If you made it this far down, why are you still reading? You should've bought the book already, seriously...
This book didn't tell me anything I didn't already know.
Acuff writes about what he calls the "Career Savings Account". It's contacts plus skill plus character times hustle. He painstakingly write about each of the sections.
I often complain about books written by pastors. Acuff is a pastor's son, so it fits. He continues to ramble on with stories, anecdotes, and jokes long after his point has been made and accepted. It seems like this could have been a very efficient book in 30-50 pages.
That's not to say the book lacks value. I wholeheartedly agree with his viewpoints, especially about skill and character and how you must develop them to get along and ahead in your career. I'm sure the book will be useful to many people. It's simply written in a style that doesn't agree with me very well. It takes time to read a book and when it seems like the author is rambling on to make an arbitrary page count, I get annoyed. Acuff seems very likable. He'd probably be fun to get together with.
One last point is about his stories. I sometimes enjoy stories and learn very well from them. To this day, I can tell you what "Voltage Standing Wave Ratio" is because an instructor accompanied that lesson with a story about how a seal broke between a cooling system and a waveguide and water started shooting out of the RADAR. Acuff's stories, especially in the first part of the book, seem like he's holding back. He starts to share a story, but doesn't give enough details for me to decide if I care or not. Later in the book he wraps some of them up to a point, but not all the way. Maybe it's just how he structured the book.
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I loved this book so much that I bought it for several friends. My company has also had him speak at our annual conference and even though I did not get to meet him, he did post a... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Briddy
I could have used the wisdom and insight in Jon Acuff's engaging book at several points in my work life. I've had a number of "do over" experiences. Read morePublished 15 days ago by W. Terry Whalin
Love Jon Acuff saw him live at a conference. His book is great for anyone in the job marketPublished 20 days ago by 40wife
Unfortunately, this book made me doubt if I would ever find fulfillment in the workplace. Sorry, Jon!Published 1 month ago by Joanne M Shanks
Bought for my husband and won't stop talking about great this book is and trying to get everyone to read it (if our infant could read, it would be his bedtime story). Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sarah
I sat down yesterday and read this book in one sitting. But instead of writing a book review of it here, I will simply share a few impressions. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sarah Sumner
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