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  • Published: 20 March 2017
  • ISBN: 9780143109693
  • Imprint: Portfolio
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $27.99
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Do Over


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I had to work at big companies and small companies. I had to get hired and fired several times. I had to find my dream job, then walk away from it.

I had to work at big companies and small companies. I had to get hired and fired several times. I had to find my dream job, then walk away from it. But after all that, I can now say the following with absolute certainty:

You already have everything you need for an amazing career. In fact, you’ve had it since day one.

Starting on the first day you got paid to scoop ice cream or restock shelves, you’ve had the chance to develop the four elements all great careers have in common: relationships, skills, character, and hustle. You already have each of those, to one degree or another.

Now it’s time to amplify them and apply them in a new way, creating a Career Savings Account™. This unique approach will give you the power to call a Do Over—whether you’re twenty-two, forty-two, or sixty-two. You’ll have the resources to reinvent your work and get unstuck. You’ll even rescue your Mondays as you discover how to work toward the job you’ve always wanted!

Just as a bank account protects you during a financial crunch, a Career Savings Account™ protects you during a career crunch. You need a CSA because you’ll eventually face at least one of these major transitions:

- You will hit a Career Ceiling and get stuck, requiring sharp skills to free yourself.
- You will experience a Career Bump and unexpectedly lose your job, requiring strong relationships to survive.
- You will make a Career Jump to a new role, requiring solid character to push through uncertainty and chaos.
- You will get a surprise Career Opportunity, requiring dedicated hustle to take advantage of it.

It took me sixteen years to figure out how to call a Do Over on my career. Please don’t wait sixteen more seconds before starting yours.

  • Pub date: 20 March 2017
  • ISBN: 9780143109693
  • Imprint: Portfolio
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $27.99

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Praise for Do Over

“If you’re sick of constantly fighting the Monday blues, this book is for you . . . [Acuff’s] career advice is solid . . . By the end, most will have a new outlook on their role in the workplace. They will be ready to take on the day with nothing but an adjusted attitude and a ton of grit”

Associated Press

“You have the power to give yourself a fresh start. Jon Acuff shows you how”

Sophia Amoruso, author of #GIRLBOSS

“As Abraham Lincoln once said, being forced into work you don’t love is like paying to upgrade your cell phone to the latest model: no one should have to do that! Fortunately, you don’t need to do at least one of these things anymore. Take it from me and from Honest Abe: Jon’s book can get you unstuck”

Chris Guillebeau, author of The Happiness of Pursuit and The $100 Startup

“Do Over is an energetic, user-friendly guide to navigating the jumps, bumps, and ceilings that we all face in our careers”

Adam Grant, author of Give and Take

“Do Over is funny, insightful, and well-written. Three reasons I resent Jon Acuff”

Jim Gaffigan, comedian and author of Food: A Love Story


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