"QUITTER" --- Day Job vs. Dream Job

This discussion will be based on the Wall Street Journal Bestseller "QUITTER" by Jon Acuff.

Due to strong interest in this topic, it will be repeated on Sat Nov 16th click here to RSVP for the SAT the 16th edition.

My father-in-law welded for the same company for 48 years. My father changed companies seven times in his career moving up the ladder with each move. I fell into my "dream job" after a lengthy illness. Are you working in human resources and you really want to be an architect? Are you an attorney who would really love to own a fishing boat? Would you love to give up the 8 to 5 drudge to be a coach?

Loading up the wagon with the pots, pans, and furniture is not the wise way to get to your dream job. Getting there begins by keeping your day job for now. Even if you have a job that is less-than-ideal you get to say "NO" to options that you don't want. You effectively lose the "NO" option when you just up and quit your job. By keeping your job for now you can focus on the benefits of saying "YES" to the right opportunities when they come your way.

Acuff starts the book with an incident that happened years ago. He is in a cubicle in the men's room changing his clothes early on a Monday morning. His endeavor in searching for his dream job was doing motivational speaking on the weekends. Then he rushed to his day job early Monday morning to begin the weekly grind. By keeping his day job it gave him leverage to wait until the right opportunity came along.

Are "quitters" automatic winners? We throw elaborate parties when someone leaves the company to take a new job. We sit back and admire them for their courage to go somewhere else. While we may be feeling a bit of envy that we don't have their sense of adventure to try something new. Most of us have a blurry definition of what we'd like to do if we could. There is no shortage of personality and job tests on the market. In the book, "Start with WHY," author Simon Sinek discusses that dreams alone rarely work.

The WHY is born out of upbringing and life experiences of an individual. Your dream job is more than a revelation or act of discovery. It is a process of "recovery" of an old love or inescapable truth about yourself that has been silenced for a lifetime. When you come to find your dream job it is rarely the first encounter with the things that you love to do.

Today it is the norm that the average person will change jobs seven to ten times through the timespan of their work life. Is there something holding you back? What would you love to be doing fiveyears from now? What did you love to do as a child that you still love to do today?"


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  • Julia

    I was excited to attend this meetup, but as luck would have it my job demanded my attention. Two years ago I quit a job that I once loved, picked up a cheap camera and an expensive pen, and started learning how to tune out 'helpful advice'. I would love to meet others who are pursuing their passions, and will do my best to attend the next meetup.

    1 · November 5, 2013

  • Eric F.

    It was very nice meeting you all. Thank you for the great conversation today. On the ride home I caught the 2pm TED Radio Hour on WHYY. The show was titled "Sucess" and it was perfect for an add on to our talk. I recommend you check out the free audio online. I found the webpage through WHYY but its actually a show posted on the NPR website. Enjoy and have a great week.

    November 3, 2013

    • Jean S.

      Eric, you added even more flavor to the discussion. I will track down the TED show. Can you give me a concise definition of what TED is? I watched something on it before but I don't have a handle on the scope of the enterprise.

      November 4, 2013

    • Eric F.

      Hi Jean, TEDs moto is "ideas worth spreading." Basically the organization holds conferences where people present ideas. These are often incredible ideas and most could be a good topic for a mertup discussion. The radio hour seems to pick several presentations around a topic and presents the different sides.

      November 4, 2013

  • Jean S.

    Great discussion! I was amazed by some of the experiences of our members as they told stories about how they have taken risks to get the opportunities that they wanted.

    Maria - I wanted to write too. Attending 9 schools getting through 12 years left me with a very poor foundation in English. But I have always had a flair with words and I wanted to write. First I had to teach myself how to write. The first group that I wrote for published small business magazines. At one point I had articles regularly published in 17 magazines. No money but it was a start. My eighth grade English teacher would roll over in her grave if she knew that I got published! Later I hooked up, residual income, with eHow.com and I wrote "How To" articles. I earned some good money doing that. Then the company was sold and the new owners did away with the residual program.

    If you want to do something, find a way to do it. Find a way to write. A blog is a great place to begin! Then expand it. Great job today!

    November 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      One thing I did get out of the discussion is if you lack what makes you happy in your job, look elsewhere. For example, if you need to express your creativity, take a class, join a group, find another way to fulfill that desire.

      November 4, 2013

  • Jean S.

    Great discussion group!

    November 3, 2013

  • Valerie

    Jean did a wonderful job as moderator. Great group and great discussion. Thanks!

    November 3, 2013

  • Ahngelique D.

    Not sure how to sign up from the wait list to the Quitter discussion on Nov 16th. I clicked the link and it brought me back here

    November 3, 2013

  • CJ F.

    Jean Swisher has agreed to lead this topic again on Saturday November 16th. If you are on the waiting list, this is your opportunity to signup for the next discussion on "Quitter---Day Job vs. Dream Job".

    Sign up here for the Nov 16th discussion: http://www.meetup.com/thinkingsociety/events/qnqxbhyrpbvb/

    November 3, 2013

  • CJ F.

    Due to the size of the waiting list, we would like to repeat this topic on Saturday November 16th (same time, same place). But none of my private inquiries have found someone who is able to lead the repeated edition of this topic. If you can lead a repeat of the '"QUITTER"­ --- Day Job vs. Dream Job' topic on Sat Nov 16th, please e-mail me at [masked] or through the Meetup e-mail feature on my profile.

    October 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just quit my job after fifteen years at the same company. Not sure what it means or what is next, but how could I pass up this topic?

    1 · October 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Finally a topic I can sink my teeth into but I made plans to be at the tea festival. Bummer. Maybe someone can call me from the meeting?

    1 · October 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    As a child I loved to color and dress up my barbie dolls. I found a way to color and dress up dolls. I develop websites, use photshop to color and shopping cart software to arrange this dress with that hat. It took two failed business and returning to college 3 times. Now I can color and my mom dosent have to feed me. LOL

    October 20, 2013

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