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“If you’re going to risk and maybe fail, fail at something that matters. Fail gloriously so that even in failure, lives change.”
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“You don't need to go back in time to be awesome; you just have to start right now. Regretting that you didn't start earlier is a great distraction from moving on your dream today, and the reality is that today is earlier than tomorrow.”
Jon Acuff, Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work That Matters
“That's why I always keep a handful of silver glitter in my pockets. If I get pushed into a conversational corner I throw the glitter into the air, and while the person I'm talking to is distracted, I run away. An additional benefit is that I look like a cool magician, so I've got that going for me.”
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“Sometimes when jerks become Christians, it's like a bully learning karate. Instead of having Christ transform our hearts and attitudes, we now have a new method with which to beat you up....what was once just 'forcing everyone to agree with my opinion' is now 'forcing everyone to agree with my opinion in the name of God.”
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“Pitting your dream against someone else's is a fantastic way to get discouraged and depressed.”
Jon Acuff, Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job & Your Dream Job
“God is an early bird; satan is a night owl. Everyone knows that.”
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“Regardless of what you want to do or who you are, fear will always see you as wholly unqualified for anything you ever dream or attempt.”
Jon Acuff, Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work That Matters
“90 percent perfect and shared with the world always changes more lives than 100 percent perfect and stuck in your head.”
Jon Acuff, Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job
“More often than not, finding out what you love doing most is about recovering an old love or an inescapable truth that has been silenced for years, even decades. When you come to your dream job, your thing, it is rarely a first encounter. It's usually a reunion.”
Jon Acuff, Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job
“I don't want you to wake up at sixty-five and realize, 'I spend forty of my best years doing something that just funded my life.”
Jon Acuff, Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job
“Pastors are starting to get wily. When people tell my friend, 'I'm not being fed,' he replies, 'I'm prefectly happy to spoon feed my one-year-old. But if I'm still spoon-feeding him when he's five, we've got a problem. Here's a fork. Feed yourself.”
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“I want the peace in knowing that is wasn’t for lack of hustling that I missed a target for my dream. I want to know that the one thing in my control was under control.”
Jon Acuff, Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job
“We didn't try to force God's hand or do the "I just heard a sermon about David and Goliath so I need to quit my job right this second" leap of faith that's so popular in Christian circles. We took our time with the decision, like another guy in the Bible, named Jesus. He spent thirty years in obscurity before he started his adventure. Often, we're not willing to spend thirty minutes in preparation, never mind thirty years, especially when we come home from a conference and find our day jobs waiting for us on Monday morning. I'm not sure why Christians sometimes think the maturation of our own missions will be radically shorter than that of Jesus. But it happens and in the past I've certainly wanted to take wild, unplanned, possibly-not-inspired-by-God leaps of faith.”
Jon Acuff, Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job
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“Fear would have told the Wright brothers not to fly. Fear would have told Rosa Parks to change seats. Fear would have told Steve Jobs that people hate touchscreens.”
Jon Acuff, Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work That Matters
“In order to survive, I came up with a five-step secret to getting it all done. If you're busy too, feel free to use it:

1. Admit that you can't possibly get it all done.”
Jon Acuff, Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work That Matters
“I know sometimes it's scary to think that you might do the wrong thing. It's terrifying to imagine wasting your "one shot". But let me assure you, nothing you do will be wasted. Every decision you make, every path you take, has the ability to contribute something you need to succeed at your dream.”
Jon Acuff, Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job
“Hustle isn't just doing the things you love all the time. Hustle is doing the things you don't enjoy sometimes to earn the right to do the things you love.”
Jon Acuff, Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job
“Burn your dream bright. Pursue it with the best of who you are. But don't confuse hustle with burnout. Hustle fills you up. Burnout empties you. Hustle renews your energy. Burnout drains it.”
Jon Acuff, Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job
“People are mistaken when they think chasing your dream is a selfish thing to do. As if perhaps being average is an act of humility. As if perhaps wasting the talents you were given is proof that you're a considerate individual.

It's not.”
Jon Acuff, Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work That Matters
“Don't climb a single rung up the entitlement ladder. Demanding something you haven't truly earned is a great way to get stuck in the land of Learning for decades, even an entire lifetime. Kick those ladders over and keep on walking.”
Jon Acuff, Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work That Matters
“....And then you get some jerk for a boss. And you think, 'I wish God was my boss. That would be awesome. He wouldn't care about my sales sheet. He would care about my soul sheet.' Then you feel a little embarrassed because that was such a low-quality joke.”
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“I know it sounds crazy, but people with jobs tend to have more creative freedom than people without.”
Jon Acuff, Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job
“Quitting a job doesn't jump-start a dream because dreams take planning, purpose, and progress to succeed. That stuff has to happen before you quit your day job.”
Jon Acuff, Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job
“Your dream might not be as extreme as Bono's, but like him you may meet yours before you're ready to run after it.”
Jon Acuff, Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job
“God found Gideon in a hole.

He found Joseph in a prison.

He found Daniel in a lion’s den.

He has a curious habit of showing up in the midst of trouble, not the absence. Where the world sees failure, God sees future.

Next time you feel unqualified to be used by God remember this, he tends to recruit from the pit, not the pedestal.”
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“We started seeing motion as a sign of success and transition as a sign of progress.”
Jon Acuff, Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job
“The golden watch has become the other end of golden handcuffs. We now look at steady jobs as less of a goal and more of a necessary evil. They aren't fun; they simply fund our lives.”
Jon Acuff, Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job
“When you keep your day job, all opportunities become surplus propositions rather than deficit remedies. You only have to take the ones that suit your dream best.”
Jon Acuff, Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job
“If I miss a goal, which sometimes happens when you set huge ones, I want the reassurance that I did everything I in my power to make it happen. I want the peace in knowing that it wasn't for lack of hustling that I missed a target for my dream. I want to know that the one thing under my control was under control.”
Jon Acuff, Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job
“Age is no longer the primary factor that determines where you are on the map. Life is now less about how old you are and more about when you decide to live.”
Jon Acuff, Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work That Matters

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