Review of Quitter by Jon Acuff
Oscar from the office
“I love a good quitting story. It makes me feel like I have control over my own life. Gives me hope! Maybe I’ll have one of my own someday. But I dream… so…” ~Oscar, NBC’s the office.
Best Buy blue shirts
I envisioned “Quitter” as more of a how to guide filled with great ideas on how to quit. Like the story I heard a stand-up comedian tell about putting on a blue polo and storming into “Best Buy” only to angrily take it off, wad it into a ball and throw it across the room screaming “I quit!”
But alas (which is pirate for none the less) the point of the book was to continue to work your day job until you can work your dream job. And it was an excellent read.
Jon Acuff keeps his comedic qualities (He also writes the blog Stuff Christians Like
) as an author of a business book. I loved his delivery and use of personal stories to keep moving the book along.
To me, the most valuable part of the book is where he discussed the need to “hustle”. Acuff pointed out that you can’t judge your success based on comparing yourself to a friend or colleague nor can you judge success on analytics
scores (which I have been guilty of.) But what you can judge is the amount of hustle you put in.
Did you blog 5 times this week?
Did you practice more?
Did you create more drawings, designs, etc?
You can accurately measure the amount of work or “hustle” you contribute to working toward your dream job.
Now the hard part is up to you…
What do you want to be when you grow up?