As y’all know, I’ve been a Jon Acuff fan for quite a while. So it’s only natural I’m going to talk about how wonderful his latest is, Do Over, but what’s been really awesome to see since his release date is that other people agree with me (they must have seen all my tweets ; ). You know folks from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly and USA Today. Yep, this is a bestselling novel all over the place and it is a well-deserved honor!
It took me sixteen years to write this book. That breaks down to a brisk twelve words per day. But it wasn’t the writing that took so long. . . . It was the working.
I had to work at big companies and small companies. I had to get hired and fired several times. I had to find my dream job, then walk away from it. But after all that, I can now say the following with absolute certainty:
You already have everything you need for an amazing career. In fact, you’ve had it since day one. Starting on the first day you got paid to scoop ice cream or restock shelves, you’ve had the chance to develop the four elements all great careers have in common: relationships, skills, character, and hustle. You already have each of those, to one degree or another.
Now it’s time to amplify them and apply them in a new way, creating a Career Savings Account™. This unique approach will give you the power to call a Do Over—whether you’re twenty-two, forty-two, or sixty-two. You’ll have the resources to reinvent your work and get unstuck. You’ll even rescue your Mondays as you discover how to work toward the job you’ve always wanted! Just as a bank account protects you during a financial crunch, a Career Savings Account™ protects you during a career crunch. You need a CSA because you’ll eventually face at least one of these major transitions:
• You will hit a Career Ceiling and get stuck, requiring sharp skills to free yourself.
• You will experience a Career Bump and unexpectedly lose your job, requiring strong relationships to survive.
• You will make a Career Jump to a new role, requiring solid character to push through uncertainty and chaos.
• You will get a surprise Career Opportunity, requiring dedicated hustle to take advantage of it.
It took me sixteen years to figure out how to call a Do Over on my career. Please don’t wait sixteen more seconds before starting yours.
I’ve read or listened to a few interviews Jon has given as he’s launched this book and he talks a lot about this book being for anyone who is going through a do over. Whether career related, graduating college or looking to take a brave step, I have to say I agree 100%. This book is full of legit advice (like you’re pulling out note cards and doing what he says) and comes from someone who used the exact principles in his own do over 18 months ago.
I love the four areas he focuses on and how to build the “career savings account.” Even if you’re not looking to switch careers, having this type of account is invaluable. Sometimes an opportunity comes up you might not have planned or your industry suddenly changes and you’re out of a job. There’s plenty of things that happen in life we don’t expect, so being prepared is a plus for me. It’s also a fun read. I can’t say I’ve read many career books where I’m constantly laughing. That to me is a win!
There’s lots of quote gems throughout the book, but if I listed all my favorites, I’d pretty much give you the book, so I’ll leave just one. I like it because complacency doesn’t just sneak in our career lives…he shows up everywhere.
“Unfortunately, fear has a friend. While I was feeling smug about defeating fear, something else was kicking people in the ribs. Something quieter and far subtler than the neon monster of fear. The moment fear gave up the ghost, it tagged in its partner and something even more insidious stepped in the ring. Complacency.”
What’s some of the best career advice you’ve received?