Thursday, June 7, 2012

Quitter: A Review

"The goal of this book is to get you to do what you love, with the life you already have."

 "When you ask the question, 'What do I want to do with my life?' you should feel at least a little overwhelmed.  There are a million possible answers to that question."

"Don't buy into the nothing lie.  You wound yourself when someone compliments your gift and you reply, 'Oh, that's nothing.'  Your gift is never nothing.  Regardless of what it can be, it is always something.  And something is the perfect place to start."

"I want us to be a generation of finishers.  I want us to be a generation of people who follow through and sew the last stitch or give the final keynote or write the last chapter.  And in order to get there, we have to murder perfectionism.  I was going to write, 'put perfectionism to bed', but that sounded too tender for this particular monster.  Murder feels right."

"Regret not following your dream."

"Pitting your dream against someone else's is a fantastic way to get discouraged and depressed.  Nothing good comes from measuring your dream against your competition."

"The most dramatic stories, the inspirations that move our hearts and our minds, are not born from people who mechanically followed the orchestrated steps of a plan.  All too often, the stories that grip us are the lives where someone lived with passion long before they lived with a plan."

That's just a taste of some of the quotes that you can find in Quitter by Jon Acuff.  (I take no credit for those words, they are all Jon.)  I've never been one for reading non-fiction.  "It's boring" I say or "Why do I want to listen to someone talk about real life?"   I changed my mind.  I've been wrestling with who I am and how I can follow my dream when I'm stuck serving coffee to ungrateful and impatient people.  During parts of this book, Jon uses the example of a Starbucks barista.  Umm... that's me.  I can't tell you how many times I thought... "Does Jon Acuff know that I'm this person he describes?  I'm a quitter." 

Acuff writes one of the most convicting books of our time.  He speaks to the depths of our "quitter" hearts and why our generation is so eager to demonize our day jobs and focus on quitting so we can get that dream job.  It won't work.  We have to "like" our day jobs to be able to love our dream jobs.  Don't get it?  Pick up the book! 

I won't quit.  I've learned so much from this book, and it has helped me realize that my dream isn't something that I can just pick up everyone once in a while.  I have to work for my dream and that doesn't mean I quit my day job when I'm not ready.  I will be ready.  Someday.  But for now, I have to make $8.50 an hour - serving others at a place that isn't my dream job, but it's a stepping stone towards my dream job.

Seriously, I give this book a 6 out of 5 stars.  It's... incredible and inspiring, convicting and humorous.  I highly recommend this book to everyone!  Start passing out copies (of course, ones that you purchased) in the bathroom at work or the bathroom at the mall, or maybe even in a classy place.  We don't have to be quitters.  Acuff stopped me from being a quitter and I hope I can someday say "Thank you".


  1. Thanks for the recommendation.. I enjoy reading self-help books even when they don't provide new stuff, just reminders. I read a book about quitting once "the dip"- it talks about when quitting is worth it and when it isn't. There are actually some situations that call for quitting.

    1. You're welcome! There definitely are some situations that quitting is necessary. I worked a job for a few weeks, but the clients were harassing me - it was a quitting situation. I usually don't like self-help books, but this one is really really good. :)

  2. Nice review! Thanks for the recommendation.

    1. Thank Dana! You're welcome! It's such a good book! Best $9.99 I've spent on a Kindle book.

  3. 6 out of 5 stars? Now that's a high rating. Thanks for the book review! :)

  4. Just popping by from IWSG to say hello and thanks for the recommendation!