I kicked off 2017 with a book called Do Over: Make Today the First Day of Your New Career Jon Acuff always gives helpful tips, and he always delivers them with humor. I’m a sucker for a good laugh. I mean, I think we all take life a little too seriously sometimes. Laughing is cathartic.

If I could learn something AND laugh? Forget about it. You had me at hah!

The previous year had left me feeling sort of stuck; some people might call it burned out. I knew I needed something to inspire me and, as Jon puts it, help me break out of my career ceiling. I was getting sick of doing the same thing day in and day out. Not really feeling a challenge anymore.

We all experience these times in our lives. We hit a career ceiling, experience a career bump, make a career jump, or get a career opportunity. Jon gives advice on how to navigate those times.

His book teaches that your attitude is everything. Keeping a good attitude no matter what your circumstances are in the moment will make the biggest impact on what you do in your life. Even if you’re in a job that you can’t stand, or working under a boss who gets on your nerves or, in my case, dealing with those rare people who can be a real piece of work sometimes, changing your attitude about the situation is what will immediately get you out of those undesirable scenarios.

He also reminded me that I need to be constantly sharpening my skills. I don’t want to become outdated or obsolete, nor do I want to let fear get in the way of acquiring a new skill. A quote that stuck with me was, “Everybody wants to be somebody: Nobody wants to grow.” I want to grow. I just need to check in on how I’m doing that once in a while.

The final thing I learned from his book was to keep moving forward; not letting yourself drift back. “Let no one be deluded that a knowledge of the path can substitute for putting one foot in front of the other.” There is no magic pill, no magic secret, just keep moving. Don’t give up.

I highly recommend this book, especially if you’re feeling stuck. You’ll laugh your way through it, and you’ll learn something valuable along the way.

You can find the book here: Do Over: Make Today the First Day of Your New Career. Audio Book here: Do Over
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