I just finished listening to the book Do Over by Jon Acuff. A radio personality that I really like mentioned it on Facebook and literally just by the name of the book I immediately spent my hard-earned money on the audio book. Within seconds I made the snap decision without even reading what the book is about. I think it’s because I always think I have gotten everything wrong and I need to do it over and do it right or better or whatever. Anything besides the way I did it in the first place. Not sure why I think this of myself but it is what it is. On my drive home I was excited to turn the book on and learn how I was going to make everything better by doing it over. Well, quickly I learned the book is really about a career do over. Wha Wha…
Do I need a career do over? Heck yeah!! I worry about that almost on the daily. Can I really do a career do over right now? Probably, if I wanted to or had the energy. Does the job I have right now work for the bigger picture? Yes, and that’s why I’ve been doing the same @8#& for 14 years. I don’t love it but it works for my kid’s schedule and that’s whats important and so the chug-chug of this job keeps going. It works.
I damn sure wasn’t going to stop listening to the book just because it was about careers though. I spent my money and I was going to listen to it on the way home from my mundane job everyday! Well, guess who started getting into the book? This girl right here. It is very insightful. Jon Acuff talks about a career savings account and that whether you realize it or not you have been making deposits to your career savings account your entire working life. He tells you how to tap into it step by step.
From his website:
You need a Career Savings Account 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.
Some books can get over feely and deep about inspirational stuff and I appreciated that this book is more step by step rather than just imagine it and it will happen stuff. Honestly, almost everyone in their lifetime experiences a career ceiling, a career bump or a career jump. The ones that aren’t voluntary can be very scary. If I’m being honest even the career jumps that you voluntarily do can be scary. Most people make excuses of why they can’t switch jobs and settle into the comfort of routine. His theory is that you can “rescue Mondays” and be happy in your job easier than you think. I am currently experiencing a career ceiling, there is zero potential in my current job but I am choosing to stay here until my kids are out of school. Or until my boss ever reads this. He doesn’t know about this blog so let’s just keep it that way. This book made my nerves settle down a little bit. Instead of worrying that I’m wasting my life away at this job I realized that it’s doing the purpose that it needs to now. If I pay attention then all of the wonderful co-workers that have become friends will be a part of my career savings account one day. Also, the skills I have learned here are valuable. Even ones I didn’t know were skills until after I listened to this book. It’s made my attitude shift a little bit and that is a good thing.
I think my favorite part of the book came later when he talked about the ingredients that make up the career savings account. You need all of them. You need relationships, skills, character and hustle. The relationships come from all the people who you meet through you working world. I’m good at those and have lots of them. I have skill, some of them or mindless but damn I do have skills. I have character and I most definitely have hustle. I think before listening to the book I would often question if I had all of those. Obviously I spend my free time worrying. Does that count as a skill? In a pinch, I will count it as a skill. After all I count jumping to conclusions as my main form of exercise.
This one part of the book made it worth the $15 I spent, it was the part about hustle. Listen, I have hustle, my hustles have side hustles. That is what I do. I hustle. I do it so much that I worry when I’m not hustling that I’m missing something that will benefit my hustles. Am I the only one that does that? Tell me no or I will have to worry about that also! 🙂 I have a full-time job. Kerry and I have this blog that I love. I have a sewing business and Etsy shop that I love also. Notice I didn’t say that I love my full-time job. 🙂 My full-time job serves the purpose of paying for bills and life but it doesn’t fill the life satisfaction box. My family, my blog and my Etsy shop all are fulfilling and fun. Jon talks about hustling smart though and that there are seasons of your life that you hustle harder and on different things. I’ve been so worried that when life gets busy I let my Etsy shop go sometimes and I don’t sew much. I don’t want to lose it though because I’ve built it up and it’s my baby and I adore the creative outlet that it gives me. I need to settle the hell down and stop worrying about it so much though. I can do what I can do right now and that’s it. I am in the “season” of raising kids right now and that’s awesome. For now I shall continue to try to raise awesome kids and I will sew kick-ass products when I can. I will continue to blog because surely the world would fall apart if I didn’t. One day the “seasons” will change and my kids will be out of the house and I will sit at my sewing machine crying because my kids are gone. Maybe this blog will be more about traveling because I would have quit my mundane job by then and have hit the road in my RV. After all I can blog and run an Etsy shop from an RV. Keep in mind my RV will travel between wherever my kids are. I’m sure they will be thrilled.
So, it seems as though this book or writing about this book has helped me figure out a life plan! Wasn’t that fun for you? Group therapy should have been the post title. Sorry if that was misleading. You may enjoy the book also whether you are looking to rescue your Mondays at your current job, or taking the leap of finding a new job or maybe it will just help you find peace in your current “season” of hustling.