I finished a hilarious book yesterday, Quitter, by Jon Acuff. Acuff has a blog (and wrote a book) called, Stuff Christians Like. I have not read either but I hear they are quite funny. In this book, he brings his wit to something we love to do in our culture. We love to quit our jobs and move on to the next, hopefully, better job.
When asked about our new job we might even tell people, “I am a ____, BUT I want to be ____.” If you have ever said that out loud, or internalized it like some episode of Scrubs, then you should pick up this book. Even if you don’t know what you want to be when you grow up, or you just want a good laugh, you should pick up this book.
For me, the chapter that hit home the most was recovering that thing from your past that might help you determine how to end the “I’m, but” sentence. Most books and personality tests seem to send you out on field mission to discover that career that you never knew was your forever job. However, Acuff notes that, “[m]ore often than not, finding out what you love doing most is about recovering an old love or an inescapable truth that has been silenced for years, even decades.” It seems a far less daunting task to review your personal history rather than the overwhelming wealth of possibilities out there that may or may not fit you.
Following up with that gem of an idea, he encourages us all (whether the “I’m, But” sentences is figured out or not) to fall in like with our current jobs. Number one reason to do this – he calls it the “Dons.” Dons represent the groceries, the rent, the clothing, etc. That rush of pleasure we get when the door swings closed on us as we leave that hated job, fades quickly when the “Dons” start knocking.
Second reason, whether you can immediately see it or not, you are learning things that will help you in your. “I’m, But” career. If you can get past your irritation with your supervisor and the guy] who snitches your snack out of the fridge, you will see that you are gaining skills of some sort. Acuff then explores waiting on that “main stage” offer, the hustle you will need, and of course, some ideas on how, and how not, to be successful at success.
I could go through and put in a bunch of funny quotes, to prove my point about the humor factor. In fact, I just sat here looking for some but there were too many from which to choose. Plus, that would take the fun out of you reading them for the first time. Suffice to say, if you are looking for a motivational book about finding your dream, pursuing your dream and keeping your dream (or maybe someone you know is), this easy, humorous read of 240 pages is a great holiday treat!