Book Review: Quitter by Jon Acuff

The full title of the book is called “Quitter: Closing the gap between your day job and your dream job“. And to be honest I didn’t really think I would learn much from this book.

Mostly because I’m not looking to quit my day job and I thought I found my dream job. But I was wrong. Even if you think you already know what you want to “be when you grow up” you can still learn a lot from this book.

Quitter by Jon Acuff

This book is for anyone who:

  • Has the courage to follow their dreams
  • Wants to quit their day job
  • Has dreamed of a different career/job
  • Wants to find their passion in life
  • Enjoys their job but wants something more

The Main Point

Jon Acuff starts off by sharing his life of being a serial quitter.

He had 8 jobs in 8 years, so if anyone is qualified to tell you how to properly quit your day job and find your dream job – it’s him.

He starts off by sharing, that learning to fall in like with a job you hate is the first step to pursuing your dream job. I thought within the first chapter he would be telling me how I should put in my two weeks notice tomorrow.

But that’s not what he advises.

There’s much more to prepare for, to research and to test before you can make that final leap into becoming your own boss.

He shares how to tell the difference between what you like, and what you love. He gives advice about the rules of hustle and how you can keep your dream pure, by saying NO.

Sneaking a peak at work
Sneaking a peak at work

What You Will Learn

Throughout the entire book you get a real sense of the “truth” behind what Jon is saying. His personal experiences and stories are very inspiring and sometimes even funny.

I had more than a handful of “AH, HA” moments as the common sense of it all really began to sink in.

I love my day job, and I love my dream job too. So whether you’re looking to quit your day job, or follow your dream job (or in my case both), this book is perfect.

It taught me some great tips on how to become better at both jobs. Once the time is right, I can fully recover what I’m passionate about and follow my dreams.

Quitter: Jon Acuff’s new book trailer on Vimeo.

Hinge-Moment Questions

In the back of the book there’s a few assignment pages that you can choose to fill out. The first one is 5 Questions to Ask a Hinge Moment.

1. Do I love doing ____________ enough to do it for free?

2. When I _____________ does time feel different? Time shifts when you’re doing what you love.

3. Do I enjoy doing ____________ regardless of the opinions of other people?

4. If I pursue ______________ and only MY life changes, is that enough?

5. Is this the first time I’ve loved ____________ or is this part of a bigger pattern in my life?

Buy the Book

I enjoyed this book so much I am offering a chance for you to win a copy! That’s how much I think you will enjoy it. (This giveaway has ended.)

You can purchase one for yourself here or get extra copies. I highly recommend it.

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  1. This book sounds interesting.  I love reading about these people who have the courage to just quit their job and go do whatever it is that they want.  Your reaction to this book reminds me a lot of when I read “The 4-Hour Workweek” by Tim Ferriss.  You can’t underestimate those “ah-ha” moments.

    • Carrie Smith says:

      Actually “The 4-Hour Workweek” book is on my reading list for this year. I’ve heard Quitter is very similar to it, but approaches it a little differently. I love those “ah, ha” moments.

  2. Carrie Smith says:

    Thanks so much @f91ecbad210c41ae64c4c3cee37f5c18:disqus I’m so glad you enjoyed this review. I really loved this book and want to become my own business savvy person in the future. I appreciate your feedback!

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