The fact that Jon Acuff references The Hunt for the Red October/Sean Connery, Crimson Tide/Denzel Washington and Corey Haim/Lost Boys (which still gives me nightmare by the way. Will I ever really be able to trust Kiefer Sutherland? I just don’t know) should be enough reason to purchase this book. But in case (for some reason) that isn’t enough to convince you, here’s my take on Jon Acuff’s Quitter.
When the recent Mega millions lotto craze hit, my co-workers and I all pitched in to get a bunch of tickets. Why not right? The funny thing is even though the chances were one is 879,642,578 billion, I thought of all kinds of things I would spend the money on, like what organizations I could help, making my dad retire and hooking up my parents, starting an awesome non-profit, getting a husky and of course hitting every single continent and taking pictures until forever. I mean, it’s fun to dream of the possibilities right?
Well, I didn’t win. I still have my day job. But I also still have my dream and my passions. Acuff’s book helps to not only do your best at the job you are at (falling in “like” with your day job), but what it means to follow your dream. It’s real, honest and an inspiring book that pulls from Acuff’s personal experience and journey to landing his dream job.
Here’s nine of my favorite quotes from the book:
- “The only people who don’t face risk are dead people, and they don’t buy books or at least aren’t in our target audience, so I’m going to ignore the needs of the dead.”
- “Thanks to folks like Stephen King and J.K. Rowling, the general public believes that when you write a book you get to wear platinum pants with a diamond fly. Thus far, not my experience.”
- “When you come to your dream job, it is rarely a first encounter, it’s usually a reunion.”
- “Your gift is never nothing.”
- “Quit Perfect.”
- “We’re afraid of finding out what we’re really made of so instead we end up making no decision because neutral is safe.”
- “People who do not attempt to recover their dream fail 100% of the time.”
- “Don’t accept burnout as the price or definition of success. It is neither. My site may have succeeded, but I paid for it with friendships.”
- “I know sometimes our day jobs feel meaningless. But they’re always a great place to start dreaming. They’re also a great place to start changing the world.”
Pursuing a dream is scary. Failure looms (I can tell you first hand you’ll experience it), but if it truly is your dream, it’s worth pursuing. I mean DaVinci worked a day job and I think he was pretty good at his passion.
Oh and did I mention he’s hilarious throughout the entire book? His thoughts on the Disney Princess cartel make me laugh every time. If you don’t follow his blog, you should. One of my favorites.
I’ll end with this: “The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it.”