Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Not a Quitter?

OK, the title of this post is lousy since my last rambling was whether I should quit blogging to focus on writing. It is lousy because it is misleading. And since I'm still here, I'm not quitting blogging.

But I want to be a Quitter.

I've known about Jon Acuff for a while. I've checked out his Stuff Christians Like site several times and have chuckled at numerous articles (learned what a Jesus juke is, and found I'm not opposed to massages at church). He has a new book out called Quitter. I was curious, so I checked it out.

He pitches it with this statement:
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?
(That's where I'm living right now)

Jon offers practical advise in a very humorous package. It turns out Jon is a successful quitter. In two ways. First, he was good at hopping from job to job. The problem was they were lateral moves, not into his dream job. Finally, he was able to leave a good day job to a dream job. It's from this experience that he shares.

He tells people not to quit too soon - to use the time with a regular job that pays the bills to prepare for the time they can do something different. He gives pointers on finding the dream you may have. A major point is to work hard (hustle) to make things happen. He had to learn to be happy with small successes before he hit the "big-time".

He writes this book for a general audience, but he includes biblical principles without preaching or quoting chapter and verse. One idea I appreciated (and was challenged by) was his emphasis on not stealing from a current job while working toward a dream job. This seemed to echo the principle of being faithful with little, so that the Lord can give more. He doesn't explain it like this, but the book has several points like this.

Jon came to fame as writing a satirical blog poking fun at the church. Thus, the book has plenty of humor. I appreciate his sense of humor and laughed at many points. Any satire/comedy won't work for everyone, so I'm sure there will be those who don't appreciate it. Those people probably don't read this blog anyway.

If you're toiling away in a job that doesn't give the type of satisfaction you think it should, if you are wondering if there is a way out of the quagmire of the grind, then Quitter is a book that can give you insight and inspiration toward a better job. It won't buff your resume or give you angelic revelation. I was bummed. But, it helped me realize I need to do more than complain, and it was an enjoyable read.

Oh, and I would recommend not leaving it out on your desk when reading it during lunch breaks - it might bring up some unwanted questions...
Anybody out there wrestling with this issue? Any experience with this idea of day job vs. dream job?

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