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Jon Acuff

Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work, and Never Get Stuck

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Do Over by Jon Acuff is a career self-help book that shows how to start over and build a career that you love. It provides practical advice for dealing with career change and taking charge of your future. Join us as we dive into this inspiring book!

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    A career do-over is always possible – there’s no need to be afraid!

    Do you love Monday mornings? Do you spring from your bed excited to begin yet another amazing week of great work at your fantastic office with your awesome colleagues? It’s not unlikely that your and most other people’s answer to that is a resounding NO.

    In fact, up to 70 percent of Americans said they hated their jobs or felt disengaged, according to a Gallup poll in 2013. If you’re one of those people who lives for the weekend, then perhaps it’s time for a Do Over, that is, a complete reorientation of your career.

    Though change can be frightening, it can also greatly improve our lives. For example, after he began working freelance, the author suddenly had the freedom to live according to his own schedule and to engage in more creative work. It took courage to make that first change – but, clearly, it was worth it.

    Perhaps you too can imagine the positive changes a Do Over would bring about, and yet, you don’t quite feel brave enough to take the plunge. One way to make things easier on yourself is to build up a Career Savings Account?  

    So how do you get your Career Savings Account, or CSA, started? Well, your CSA is your abilities – how well you build strong relationships, learn new skills, improve your character and up the hustle you put into your work. It’s a toolkit that will help you during those tough periods of transition in your career.

    Of course, these transition periods don’t all look the same for everyone. There are, however, four main types of transition, times during which a Do Over is possible. In order to give you a better understanding what skills and tools to put in your CSA, these blinks will explore all four species of transition, starting with that seeming dead end, the career bump.

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    What is Do Over about?

    Do Over (2015) explains why drastic change in your career is hardly something to be afraid of – that is, as long as you’ve got the tools you need. These blinks guide you through building up your own Career Savings Account filled with tips and tricks to turn your dead-end job into an opportunity to do something totally new.

    Do Over Review

    Do Over (2015) is a book that encourages us to embrace career change and find fulfillment in our work. Here are three reasons why this book is worth reading:

    • With practical strategies and actionable advice, it provides a roadmap for navigating career transitions and finding the right path.
    • Through relatable stories and personal experiences, Jon Acuff creates a connection that helps readers feel motivated and supported on their professional journey.
    • The book's refreshing honesty about the challenges and uncertainties of career change keeps readers engaged and ensures they won't find it boring.

    Best quote from Do Over

    Relationships get you the first gig.

    —Jon Acuff
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    Who should read Do Over?

    • People feeling stuck in their career
    • Those wary of big changes
    • Anyone ready to create a new life for themselves

    About the Author

    Jon Acuff changed his life for the better when he joined the Dave Ramsey team to become a full-time author, in 2010. Since then, he has contributed to, spoken nationally and written multiple books, including Gazelles, Baby Steps And 37 Other Things Dave Ramsey Taught Me About Debt and Stuff Christians Like.

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    Do Over FAQs 

    What is the main message of Do Over?

    The main message of Do Over is that it's never too late for a career reset and finding work that we love.

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    Is Do Over a good book? Is it worth reading?

    Do Over is a must-read for anyone looking to make a career change or find more fulfillment in their work. It provides practical advice and inspiration.

    Who is the author of Do Over?

    The author of Do Over is Jon Acuff.

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