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Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  6,270 ratings  ·  464 reviews
Have you ever felt caught between the tension of a day job and a dream job? That gap between what you have to do and what you'd love to do?

I have.

At first I thought I was the only one who felt that way, but then I started to talk to people and realized we're becoming the "I'm, but" generation. When we talk about what we do for a living we inevitably say, "I'm a teacher, b
Hardcover, 242 pages
Published March 3rd 2015 by Ramsey Press (first published May 5th 2011)
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Surprisingly, this book, called Quitter, is not about quitting. It is actually about making the most of where you are at. Often, when going after a dream job, our day job can be good security for us while we prepare to take a big step towards our goals and passions. One of the best points that Acuff makes in this book comes in the chapter, "Removing the 'I'm' From Your 'But.'" An I'm/But example is, "I'm an accountant, but I wanted to be a novelist." It seems like there are a lot of people these ...more
Serena Chase
Jun 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The only reason I didn't give this book five stars is because it made me feel like a big dumb jerk a lot.

Okay. Fine. I revised my rating. I went back and changed it to five stupid stars. After all, it's not Acuff's fault that I've had such a sucky attitude toward non-dreamy employment. It's mine. Go Jon, yay.

But seriously...

God's been working on me about my attitudes toward my dream, my job, my expectation of spousal provision, and the financial irresponsibility of pursuing my dreams as I've bee
Oct 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is not what you might think; in fact, I hesitate to talk about it lest my coworker friends think I'm looking to jump ship. (I am not.) But this book is too good not to share, and sometimes the right things hit us at just the right times.

I can see this book being a GREAT touchstone for anyone hoping to bridge the gap between their day job and their dream job. Instead of shallow platitudes or motivational feel-goodery about 'just doing it' and 'making the leap', you'll find here excellen
Kressel Housman
I've pitted my writing dream against my day job for a long while now, and it got to the point that I've become the b**** of the front desk. This book taught me that I have to improve at my day job in order to make my dream work better. If you can practice discipline in one area of your life, it will extend to the others that matter to you even more.

That's not the only bit of advice I got out of this book. Some of it is just plain, old-fashioned financial prudence. Some of it is stuff I hadn't c
Joseph McBee
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
I want to be careful here because Acuff seems like a good guy who is working hard at doing something he loves and I really respect that. It's more than a lot of people can say, myself included. But that's one of the reasons I picked this book up. I want to do something I really love, and I was hoping this book would open up my eyes and show me how to make it happen.

It didn't. Not really.

Acuff takes a humorous and painfully honest look at following his dream to be a writer and speaker. He reveals
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
In a culture where it's easy to get caught up in the motto of "I want what I want and I want it now!" this book asks readers to take a step back and actually work for their dreams. To be honest, I read this book because I wanted it to tell me to quit. It doesn't. It tells you to plan, work your butt off, and once your ducks are all in a row, THEN quit. I wish I had managed to do that in my situation, but regardless, the advice in this book is great to mentally chew on as you're working towards y ...more
Ethan Fleck
Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was the first audiobook that I had "read" in quite some time, and probably the first one I actually made it through. I loved listening to Jon Acuff's voice and that probably kept me listening. That being said, this book is great. I love the drive and "hustle" as he calls it, that he talks about in his life. I had no idea he's been through so many jobs, he's definitely qualified to write a book like this. Me personally, this book was a lot of future information for me. I'm still stuck and th ...more
Sep 06, 2011 rated it did not like it
Seems a bit self promoting. All of this type of book promote something. This was long drawn out common sense. Can't believe someone published it At least I got it from the library and didn't pay for it. ...more
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. This book was probably one of my favorite books I have read this year. I really enjoyed it. Most of the Books we have read this year have been sad and dramatic, but this book was different. This book is more like a text book. I found myself writing down quotes and taking notes on what was being said. There were so many key points in this book and it helped me, because I haven't chosen a career yet, realize that I need to choose a career that I actually want to work for ...more
Leah Hall
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, as I have always felt the tension between my day jobs and my dream job. Acuff doesn't skirt around an issue that has always plagued me; we spend so much of our lives at our day jobs! I don't want to waste my life slogging through meaningless work, but as Jon points out, no work is truly meaningless. If you've ever experienced job dissatisfaction, I can't recommend this book enough. ...more
Noah Hendel
Feb 03, 2019 rated it liked it
I pulled some good stuff from this book. It’s all about making educated decisions to take you one step closer to your dream job. The author makes some generalizations (and a few borderline sexist remarks), or I would have rated it higher.
إسلام جمال
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Don’t quit your day job without planning what to do next.. You might replace your old boss with new mini bosses that were previously hidden. That means your electricity bill, your water bill. When bills rule your life, there’s not much chance of being your own boss.
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jon Acuff is funny and inspirational. He isn't afraid to poke fun at himself, and is brutally honest about his failures in order to help others avoid the same mistakes. ...more
Dorothy Grace Barrow
I like the ideas Jon Acuff communicates. I don’t prefer his style of communication.
Derek Jordan
May 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Superman... needed Clark Kent. Being Clark was the reason he was able to be Superman. It was how he stayed real..." -Jon Acuff (or more his wife actually) #Quitter

Jon starts his book off letting the reader know how much of a quitter he is... or was?

"I could always quit my job, I could NEVER quit my kids" -Jon Acuff #Quitter

Now, unlike Jon, I pretty much never think of quitting my job. I have been with the same company for 6 years. One may see this as impossible, but I have always been gratefu
May 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
I plowed through this book. Although I have it in print, I could never get around to reading it. I recently discovered that I also had the audio book so I listened to it while driving back and forth to work for a week.

Jon Acuff manages to combine a great sense of humor with practical career advice in this book. You won't find out how to get rich quick or make $40,000 an month from your blog here. No, you'll learn what it means to grind it out and pursue your dream while not destroying your life,
Melissa Jill
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: business
I read this book in one day. It was a great read and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to quit their day job in pursuit of their dream job. It will really help you think through the timing of this transition thoughtfully so that you don't take the leap before you're ready.

Acuff's writing was really entertaining and made the book a fun read as well. I laughed out loud a couple times. Here's one excerpt I especially loved:

"When people ask me, 'How do you get a book published?' which is ju
Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I listened to the audiobook version of "Quitter" while I painted my kitchen over the last 2 days. It's a great book and I really appreciated all the things Jon had to share. (Don't be fooled by the title: ultimately Jon advises you NOT to quit your day job while you pursue your dream job on the side.) I especially enjoy the "off script" moment in the audiobook - Jon himself narrates. These off script moments really make the audiobook seem more like good conversation between pals. The only downsi ...more
Aug 26, 2011 rated it did not like it
I could not connect to the book. I listened to it vice reading it, and that may have ruined it for me. (I don't know how he breathed! He read fast.) With that said, Acuff has some good points. They come few and far in-between, in my humble opinion, though. I think Acuff tries too hard to connect with his readers. He does this by going off on tangents and including a humor to his writing that, personally, does not strike me as all that funny. The majority of the last chapter is a never-ending lis ...more
Leonardo Etcheto
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
First book I have read that makes a strong case for keeping your day job until you have all the pieces in place for your dream job. Very realistic about the need to maintain an income and start by doing what you love on the side until you can afford to do it full time. The key is not to just coast day to day and then realize you have been making no progress however, you plan it out and you do what is required. it takes effort, planning and perseverance.

Really enjoyed his writing style as well, c
Jan 01, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was a very quick and easy read that did offer a few "ah-ha" moments and a bit of humor here and there. I didn't know when I was starting this book that is was going to be a kind of Dave Ramsey offshoot and that took me off guard. I also had never heard of the author so I wasn't expected it to be as Christianity focused as it was at times. However, as an individual who is not seeking a Christ-centered book I think the author did a good job of making it clear that he was religious and th ...more
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Quitter was a humorous yet thoughtful approach to why and how we say 'no' to our dream jobs, and how to overcome the odds (and ourselves) to make them a reality.

The book, despite the title, probes for the right answers about why we work jobs we hate, why we keep ourselves from success and whether we can continue responsibly into our career passions. Only then like a true Sensei does he explain how to quit properly.

As a freelancer, I was touched by Jon's honesty and pensive dialogue, shedding a
Jan 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nook-book, 2012
This book isn't going to be the perfect fit for everyone, but since I'm currently trying to figure out what to do about my day job and my dream job, THESE WORDS WERE PRICELESS. (Jonathan Acuff has a delightful sense of humor, so I guess maybe you could read this book just for that.) By page 20, I knew I was going to need to re-read the book a few times to get past the Super Excited stage and into the Ahh Pay Attention and Take Notes stage. So . . . that's what I'll be doing next. ...more
Randall Dunn
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book about how to realistically pursue a dream, by recognizing the value of your day job, while growing your audience and learning how to do your dream job properly through practice. Even more important, making realistic plans for handling success whenever it really IS time to quit your day job, because success brings its own problems. Recommended for anyone who wants to pursue a dream, or just determine the hard realities - good and bad - of pursuing it.
Heather Nekola
May 29, 2013 rated it liked it
This was a great book for where I am in my life right now. It advised me through some pretty scary life changes and how to do so with all my heart but also how to do it with intelligence. It is important to be smart about the big life changes that we pursue. I really needed to read this when I did and it was perfect for me.
Jul 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business
Good insight on the benefits of keeping your day job to pursue your dream job. The author was funny and it was an easy read.
Kimanzi Constable
Nov 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
One of the best career books out there! teaches you how to properly leave your job without ruining your life, very helpful tips to chase your dreams!
I did not find this very good with advice. There were almost no examples outside of the author himself. In the end, felt like self-promotion, period.
José Ml. Mera
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: learning
I think it's a great book, it just took me alot of time to read because it wasn't the right time to read what he was saying.

It's a fast read, well written and alot of interesting this to say.
Boni Aditya
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Do you need a book with close to 250 projects to explain that you should not quit your full time job, till your Dream Job (which is more like a freelancing gig at the moment) is standardized?

A little common sense and some fear is quite sufficient to keep the majority of people at bay. Eventually most people get comfortable with their day time job and give up on their dream job or dream project. This book shines where the author explains the techniques that you need to adopt to keep this dream f
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Jon Acuff is the New York Times Bestselling author of six books, including his most recent Wall Street Journal #1 Bestseller, "Finish: Give yourself the gift of done."

Published in more than a dozen languages, his work is both critically acclaimed and adored by readers. After reading "Do Over," marketing legend Seth Godin wrote in his endorsement, "This is the best career book ever written. I'm not

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