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!