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

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

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?"

This discussion is a repeat of the one on 3 Nov.


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  • Jean S.

    Great discussion... There was a vast amount of experiences that were shared that added to the rainbow of aspects in the pursuit of the "dream" job. No one is a slouch when it comes to being open to a multitude of opportunities - with or without money being a faction. It was agreed that the happiness of a dream job varies from day to day. And that learning new things is prevalent for each of us. Great job everyone. It was a terrific discussion.

    November 16, 2013

  • Julia

    Thank you to everyone for making my first meetup so welcoming and stimulating! It was a pleasure and I'm looking forward to the next time we all gather!

    1 · November 16, 2013

  • Lee

    This topic is very appropriate to me.

    1 · November 15, 2013

  • CJ F.

    I look forward to the discussion tomorrow. I think everyone should be empowered to pursue their dream job. I wonder: how can we make it happen?

    I've just been informed that the Philadelphia Marathon is running tomorrow (and Sunday). The maps suggests that the marathon ends about 22nd street but the Parkway will be closed at least to 20th Street. It should be far enough away that we won't be too inconvenienced. If you are driving into the city, please allow extra time to find parking. If you are taking public transportation (or walking like me), you should be OK.

    November 15, 2013

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