I recently finished the book Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Real Job by Jon Acuff. Jon’s dad used to be a pastor at our current church and I love Jon’s writing at his blog, StuffChristianLike. Jon is now working full-time in his dream job as a writer and speaker for Dave Ramsey. I read the book in order to decide whether to use it for a D.Min. course I am developing entitled “Honest Leadership.” While the book didn’t make the cut for the course, here are some of my highlights:

  • “I know it sounds crazy, but people with jobs tend to have more creative freedom than people without.”
  • “We think finding out what we want to do is going to be a revelation….That’s what we believe about our dreams. But dreams rarely work that way. In his book Start with Why, author Simon Sinek discusses this reality. He calls our dreams, our calling, our ‘WHY.’ He says, ‘The WHY for every individual or organization comes from the past. It is born out of the upbringing and life experience of an individual.'”
  • “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. So instead of setting out to discover this thing you love doing, you’ve got to change your thinking and set out to recover it, maybe even rescue it.”
  • “You have the perfect amount of time each day for the things that matter most. The key is spending time on those things.”
  • The three principles of developing your dream, in order: 1) Have a passion. 2) Practice it. 3) Then plan it.
  • “Focus on your passion first. Your passion will always fuel your plan. Rarely will a plan fuel a passion. It will contribute. It will shape it. It will most certainly help it. But the biggest leaders, the most successful people, will tell you a passion for something drove them long before a plan did.”
  • “…so often developing our dream job is less about grand balls at grand castles and more about bringing lunch. It’s a process of doing small but necessary things, over and over again, and letting the momentum build, instead of getting decked out by a fairy godmother and being escorted to prominence in a blinged-out carriage.”
  • “Enjoy the gift of invisibility.”

What is your dream job?


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