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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Audio Book Review: Quitter by Jon Acuff

This is a fine practical guide to living in the now as you prepare for your dream job.
by Jon Acuff

Narrated by: Jon Acuff
Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date:04-03-15
Publisher: Ramsey Press
Genre: Non Fiction
My Rating: 4.0 of 5.0

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 that 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, when we search for an answer to this dilemma people tell us that dreaming big means you, “Quit your day job, sell everything you own, and move to Guam.” But what if there was 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 had everything you needed 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. The 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.

Jon Acuff tended to quit his jobs until he realized that he was not moving forward toward his dream job leaving a trail of 'failure', and financial problems, in his wake. This book gives Jon’s advice on how to begin building on your dream job by emphasizing positives within each job you have. Jon shares his good, and not so good, experiences that led him to success. He gives sound, practical advise that can be used by anyone who has a dream job or dream work to strive for.

I enjoyed the forthright examples and wisdom that are provided. Jon makes the point that success is not always measured by worldly terms of wealth or fame. Too often people sacrifice integrity, friends and even family in the mad climb up the ladder. Those people miss out on the more important aspects of life - basic security, contentment and love. Jon notes that, especially for those serving God, we should be living our lives and sharing God’s gifts along the journey to achieving our God given dream.

I recommend this book to anyone who is struggling with finding a perfect job and finding contentment. It doesn’t matter if you are young or old. Although I have long since reached work that I find satisfying, there are areas where I can apply some of Jon’s recommendations to make my life even better.

Audio Notes: Jon did his own narration. I appreciated his enthusiasm and clear sharing in the narration, and it was nice that he added insights while narrating that weren’t in the book. The only difficulty is that he speaks almost too fast at times. There are also suggestions that a reader might want to refer back to so this might be better in print for many readers.

My son recommended this audiobook to me as a free read that I picked up over a year ago. This qualifies for my Audio Book Challenge, TBR Double Dare and Q on Alphabet Soup.

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