Book Review – “Start” by Jon Acuff


My name is Stanley. I am a Quality Assurance engineer, but I want to be a motorcycle traveler/blogger. Yes, I want to travel the world on my motorcycle and write about it.

I know, I know. But this post is not about me nor about my goals.

I am sure that every one of you reading these words either have asked or will ask this question, “Who I really want to be?”

I am a ________, but I want to be a _________

You can feel out the blank.

And every time when you start dreaming about your “dream job” you always get all these what ifs

  • What if I blow up my life chasing my dream life?
  • What if I go broke?
  • What if this?
  • What if that?

But I am going to ask you different questions

  • What if you could blow up your dream without blowing your life?
  • What if you could go for broke without going broke?
  • What if you could have everything you need to begin?
  • What if you could start today?

Quitter by Jon Acuff

Today I’d like to write a review of a book that has helped to close the gap between a day job and a dream for thousands of people: “Quitter” by Jon Acuff [Kindle version]

Let’s acknowledge one really simple fact, OK? People need to work, they need to do something meaningful in their life, and mostly for their own good. This isn’t an idea I or Jon Acuff invented. Thousands of people have written about the need and purpose of work in our life.

Actor Ryan Gosling dealt with this after the success of the movie “The Notebook”. To combat the sense of drifting aimlessly, he got a job making sandwiches at a deli. Once he said,

The problems with Hollywood is that nobody works. They have meals. They go to Pilates. But it’s not enough.  So they do drugs. If everybody had a pile of rocks in their backyard and spent every day moving them from one side to another, Hollywood would be a much happier place.”

People need to work. You can pursue your early retirement and even can retire early, but without doing nothing, and just playing golf there’s a huge change end up in a rehab for drug addicts.

But there’s a problem, a lot of people hate the job they’re working. They hate their job and dreaming about quitting it, and Jon’s book is for that kind of people. It’s for you and me.

There are different ways of quitting your so-called day job. You can do it wrong, and you can do you it right. I should call my mom, and tell her I’m a damn genius. Jon’s book is designed to help people quit their day job using the right way, the way that doesn’t bring strife, fight and more stress in your already stressful life.

Don’t Quit Your Job

No, not right now. Because every one of us has all these B-ees and Rs: Bills and Responsibilities. We all know that a lot of people are stressed because of money and all the bills.

Can you imagine the level of stress a person would get if he decided to quit the day job right now?

When I started reading this book I thought “Quitter” will help me to understand how to quit my day job faster and start my own gig. But what this book actually does is it teaches you how to be excellent at your day job.

I was surprised when Jon didn’t tell me to use my lunch time to start my side gigs or come early in the morning and write in a quiet environment, no. It’s actually stealing, and I have to agree with the author. It’s stealing from your employer, who’s paying your bills, feeding the family and so on.

Hey, what da crap? How’s that stealing if I start and finish working on my dream job during my lunchtime or before the work?

Good point, but let be honest. How many of you can say that you have never-ever come late for a lunch-break? How many of you can say that you have never ever been late to work?

Don’t steal from your employer. Learn how to be excellent at your day job.

And you have to work hard, really hard at your day job. Why? It’s simple, the biggest reason is that you’re not just working: you’re practicing for your dream.

Power of the morning

Hey, but we have only 24 hours in a day, and a lot of time we spend at work, commuting to and from work. I don’t have time, I just don’t.

Each and one of you have the perfect amount of time each day for things that matter most. The key is spending time on those things. You might be too bored to work on your dream, but just don’t buy into the lie that you are too busy.

That’s exactly what Jon tells us in this book. Hey, if you want something really big and you think you don’t have time during the day, start waking up early.


I have heard a lot about people who wake up early to accomplish their goals, like 5 AM club and others.

It’s 5:30 AM and I’m writing this post. For some of you, it’s a perfect explanation why you think this post is crap.


There are a lot of valuable lessons and motivation in the book, and Jon is a great author that knows how to use humor in the text, how to motivatie and inspire.

Throughout his book, he teaches really important lessons like:

  • how to make sure your dream is not a result of last night pizza.
  • how to find more time for your dream.
  • hustle and grind, baby. Hustle and grind.
  • important power of enough.

And the most important Jon teaches how to quit dreaming and start working for your dream.

I would highly recommend this book to every one of you who are dreaming about “a dream job” and doesn’t know how to start.

You can buy this book an Amazon:

And last but not least, you might think you will fail, or you might think it’s not for you. But you will fail your dream 100 percent of the time if you don’t try.

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