Over the past few weeks, my Twitter feeds have been blowing up with the hash tags #Quitter and #QuitterConf. (For those not familiar with the Twitter world, attaching a “#”[a.k.a. hash tag] to a word creates a topic page for it. A hash tag is simply a way for people to search for tweets that have a common topic.)

I knew what these “quitter” tweets were about. People were talking about the recent Quitter conference in Nashville, TN. And it wasn’t just random people talking about it. These were people I know, like and trust!

I first heard about the Quitter book from an acquaintance earlier this summer. She had just finished reading it and raved about how it pumped her up to find her dream job. Of course this perked my interest. I purchased the book, but didn’t read it right away. For the past 4 months there it sat – on the shelf.

Over the weekend, more tweets leaked out about how life-changing this conference had been. Alright, something is special about this book.  I tweeted: I can’t take it anymore. I am going to start reading my #Quitter book. Too many ppl are saying amazing things about it/the #QuitterConf.

Within minutes a friend replied on Twitter saying she wanted to read it too and had been waiting for an excuse to purchase the book. A little while later, another friend responded and said he was up for reading it as well. So now I’ve gathered a small, virtual book club. 🙂

I started reading the book on Saturday and since then, I have not wanted to put it down. It’s like Jon (the author) wrote it with Alana Mokma as his target audience. How did he know me so well? Had he been following me?

Turns out there are a lot of people out there, pursuing their dream jobs while still working their day jobs. I know, how ego-centric for me to think I am the only one. 😉 I’ve talked this long without telling you the premise of the book. The tag line is this: Closing the gap between your day job & your dream job. 

And the back cover oozes another enticing message:
There are friends who will tell you, “Quit your job and follow your dream.” But Jon Acuff is smarter than that. Quitter is about going from cubicle-bound to Outward Bound without committing financial and marital hara-kiri (a.ka. suicide) along the way – and actually succeeding in the end. This book is wise, personal, funny and loaded with practical, real-world insights from Mr. Acuff’s own ongoing odyssey. If you’re torn between living your dream and putting food on the table for the wife and kids, don’t make a move till you read Quitter.

I am only in chapter 3, but the book is meeting its promised potential. I had a really hard time putting it down, even to write this post.

Check back tomorrow because I will share one of the first things that popped out to me from the book.

Are you interested in reading along too?

Order yourself a copy:
Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job & Your Dream Job[affiliate link] and let me know in the comment section if you plan to join Ashley, Dan and I. Who knows, I may even ask someone to guest post and share his/her take on the book. 😉

OR, if you have already read the book – I’d love to hear in the comment section what ONE THING most captured your attention!


14 thoughts on “QUITTER

  1. It’s a great book. I received it from Michael Hyatt about a year ago. The thing that really struck me was how he showed growth can be slow. While his friends were telling him he needed to be main stage at Catalyst, he was content with doing the lab sessions. Sometimes we’re just not ready for where we’re heading.

    • Joe, I agree. As much as I have been thinking I’m ready, I’m realizing I still have some growing/learning to do. I really like how both you and Jon commented on the “process” and how it can be slow moving. The time frame can be frustrating, but even for me to get a peek into your story and into Jon’s through these comments has been encouraging for me to know there are others walking right alongside me. 🙂

  2. Alana I’ve read the book and went to the conference last month and Quitter has had a huge impact on my life. The thing that has most captured my attention is that “Quitting” is a process, not an event. That was really reassuring to me, because I’ve been trying to “Quit” for 2 and a half years now. It hasn’t gone as quick as I had hoped, but I’ve gone too far down the road to turn back and I’m looking forward to the day when I can become a full-fledged “Quitter.”

    • Whoah. Jon, you just hit on something HUGE – something that even I need to be aware of myself – that quitting is not an “event”, it is a process. It is very easy to get wrapped up in having “arrived” at a specific destination – and once you realize where you want to be, it is so hard to allow the natural growth to take place. I hear ya. It was personally really encouraging for me to “hear” you say, “I’ve been trying to ‘Quit’ for 2 and a half years now.” It’s encouraging because you are still plugging away. I agree – once you get a taste of what can be, you really don’t want to turn back!

      What is your “dream job”? I am aware you do financial coaching, but how specifically do you hope to help others with it? and who is your target market?

      • When I look at life, I view it like a pie chart. You have the things in your life that are important to you (For me it’s faith, family, other relationships, career, physical health, mental health, finances, etc.) and for me I just got tired of seeing how finances impacted other areas of the pie. So my “dream job” is to help people get their financial house in order and be free to do the thing that they want to do with their life, whether it’s travel more, switch careers, or give more to causes they have a passion for. I want to do that by working with people one-on one, in groups, giving workshops, teaching classes, doing a podcast, blogging, and hopefully one day in a book.

        My target market is recent college grads and engaged/newly weds. I love working with these groups because to me it’s a pivotal point in your life and if you can get the money thing “right” the first time, it will propel you to bigger and better things. It’s a tough market to reach however, but it’s worth all the effort. I got to chat with a newly engaged couple last week and it was great to hear the excitement in their voice and answer all their questions!

      • Jon, thanks for taking the time to share what ignites your passion when it comes to finances. I think it’s great that you have narrowed down so closely what specifically it is you want to do and who you want to help. Did you feel like you knew these things from the very beginning or was it a process of discovery for you? What I mean is, did you start out with the big picture of “finance” and then over time narrow it down to desiring to coach others and do work shops, etc.

        Something I sometimes struggle with is feeling like I have to have my plan completely figured out now so I can follow that plan. Something I read the other day in Jon’s book is that it’s better to follow the Passion, Practice, Plan model. First we find what we are passionate about, then practice playing that out in different ways. Once we find one that works well, then we come up with a plan of action. This provided me a little relief that I don’t have to have it all figured out on day one.

        Thanks also for sharing your target market. I will keep this is mind as I continue to meet and work with others.

    • I know, Ashley! Me too! I’m really happy that you and Dan will be going through the book with me in a similar time frame! 🙂

    • Yes, as I am reading more about his story, I feel like I am reading parts of my own! It is fun and refreshing to be able to relate so closely to another person’s story. Looks like we’ll have a lot to talk about at the Ice Man in Nov, Tammy! 🙂

    • YAY! Yes, Terri. I think you will like it. Let me know when you’ve read it. Then we can discuss. 🙂 I’m about 1/2 through.

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