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5 ways to survive Christmas Shoes

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If you’re not familiar with the song, “Christmas Shoes,” then enjoy this ornament we have on our tree, give a short thank you prayer to our Lord and Savior and skip this post all together. That’s a pretty charmed life you’re living friend. Savor it.

If, though, you have experienced the melodic tale of the boy who wants to buy shoes for his dying mother because he wants her to look nice when she meets Jesus, I have some good news for you.

Here are the 5 best ways to survive, “Christmas Shoes.”

1. If it comes on the radio while you are riding in a car, don’t forget to tuck your shoulder when you open the door to roll out into the street. If you can, try to time your roll when the car is going slowly and let your back take the brunt of the landing. If you’re driving, this is still valid advice. Your car might ghost ride for a little while, but you can always buy a new one. You can’t always unhear this song.

2. Don’t try to negotiate with it. Much like fear, the Christmas Shoes song cannot be beat with logic or rational thinking. Don’t waste time with questions like, “Where is this kid’s dad? Does he have a dad? Why shoes? Why not a Christmas dress? Why not a delicious bowl of queso? Why not a copy of Do Over (now in paperback!), maybe that kid could help two families at once, his and mine? Has an 8 year old ever successfully purchased a women’s shoe in the history of mankind?”

3. Forget trying to make it an “acquired taste.” This song isn’t like algebra, it doesn’t get better once you get used to it. Don’t think that listening to it on repeat will solve your problems. The only way this song could be worse is if they pandered to the troops too. “Sir, I want to buy these shoes, I just came back from Afghanistan. Bald eagles!”

4. Keep it out of any Christmas playlist. I know what you’re thinking, “Jon, I’ll just hide it in the middle of a 100-song playlist. No one at the party will notice.” They will and so will you when you notice people are leaving your party.

5. Stop being friends with people who say it’s not a bad song. They’re wrong. Those people have terrible judgment and probably prefer unfrosted pop tarts as well. Stop doing life with them.

We’ll get through this friend, I know we will, but it’s going to take a village.

What is your best tip to survive Christmas Shoes?

Hustle

5 things you didn’t know about the 30 Days of Hustle

You’ve been hearing me talk about the 30 Days of Hustle Challenge for over a year now, and if you’ve been expecting me to announce that we’re moving on to something else, you couldn’t be more wrong.

WE ARE JUST GETTING STARTED.

A new round of the 30 Days of Hustle Challenge kicks off in Januaryand I can’t wait to start.

Think you know all you need to know about the Challenge? You don’t. In fact, here are 5 things about the 30 Days of Hustle Challenge that I bet you don’t know:

1. Our most recent launch was our best ever.

We’ve done four launches of this Challenge and each time we make tweaks that make it better than the last. In our most recent launch we offered 3 levels of access (Quick, Premier, and All Access) and the response was overwhelmingly positive for all three.

If you’ve never done the Challenge but you’re thinking about it now, congratulations, you’re going to get the best version of it that we’ve ever offered. And yes, we are bringing back all three access levels so you can join at the level that’s right for you.

2. Our refund rate is less than 1.5%

We offer a 30-day, money back guarantee because we know this program works but sometimes life is unpredictable and your 30 days get derailed by something unexpected.

In our last launch we had 17 people (out of 1,150) ask for refunds and they all received 100% of their money back. That’s a 98.5% satisfaction rate, a number we’ve seen remain steady throughout every launch we’ve done because the Challenge works. (Speaking of satisfied customers, here’s what people like you have said about it.)

3. If you’re an entrepreneur or business owner we DON’T want you to join.

If you own a small business, are an entrepreneur, or want to be one, we’ve got a brand new course designed especially for you. The 30 Days of Hustle is great for business-related goals, but we now have something even better.

It’s called the 90 Days of Business Hustle. (and right now you can join and save $50 with an End of Year discount.)

I guarantee it will help you make more money and have more fun in your business than you ever have before. You can learn more about it here.

4. We are delivering the course in a brand new way with this launch.

I mentioned earlier that we improve the Challenge with each launch and for the first time ever, members of the 30 Days of Hustle Challenge will gain access to a new online hub we’ll be using to deliver content, videos, updates, and more.

If you’ve been holding out on us, you picked the right time to join.

5. We’re not raising the price of the Challenge…for now.

My team and I have decided to offer the January 2017 30 Days of Hustle Challenge at the same price points we offered it at in 2016, even though we’re making it better. This may not be true for future launches of the Challenge, so don’t miss this opportunity!

The 30 Days of Hustle is better than ever and now is time for you to jump in and commit to starting off 2017 right. I hope you’ll join me at the access level that’s right for you!

For more info and to register: The 30 Days of Hustle Challenge

Let’s do this!
Jon

Do Over

7 things to do if you don’t like your job

According to Gallup, 70% of people don’t like their job.

Did that statistic shock you? Is your mouth still agape with unbelief? I doubt it. The idea of hating your job is so commonplace these days that the people who love what they do for a living stick out like sore thumbs.

Statistically speaking, most of you reading this right now don’t like your job, and I think that sucks. I believe enjoying what you do for a living matters because anything you do for 40-60 hours every week for 40-60 years of your life matters.

So what do you do if you don’t like your job? Complain about it to anyone who will listen? Suck it up and clock in every Monday morning hoping your eventual retirement will be worth it? Quit the rat race and move to the woods of Northern Maine to see how long you can survive on Ramen and baked beans?

Those are all options, but I’ve got what I think is a better idea. Seven ideas, actually, and they look something like this:

1. Figure out which of the four major transitions your career is currently in.
2. Discover which of the four investments your career needs most right now.
3. Develop your relationships.
4. Hone your skills.
5. Work on your character.
6. Increase your hustle.
7. Add it all together.

It’s hard to lay these ideas out in a blog post, so I laid them out in a free video series I put together called “7 ways to love your job.” The video series is free, but it’s only available to folks who pre-order the soft cover version of Do Over by January 3, 2017.

softcoverWhat’s Do Over? I’m glad you asked!

I wrote Do Over to help people just like you rescue Mondays, reinvent your work, and never get stuck. It was published in April 2015 but it is re-releasing in soft cover on January 3rd. Seth Godin called it “…the best career book ever written,” and comedian Jim Gaffigan said it was “funny, insightful and well written.”

So if you don’t like your job and you’d rather not eat beans in a tent north of Bangor, here’s my offer to you: pre-order Do Over before January 3nd and you’ll not only get the “best career book ever written,” you’ll also get my 7-day video series on how to love your job. (Just order at any retailer and fill out this quick form!)

And for those of you who DO love what you do for a living? Pre-order Do Over as a gift for a friend! You’ll be able to send them the book and access link when they become available, and we’ll even send you a PDF certificate you can print out before Christmas to give to them to let them know that a gift is coming.

I’m so excited for you to check out this video series, but you’ve only got until next January 3, 2017, to pre-order Do Over and get access.

How do you get the bonus video series on these ideas when it releases in January? Just follow these two easy steps and I’ll send you the whole series on January 3rd so that you can have an awesome 2017!

STEP 1 – Pre-order the paperback using one of the following links

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Powell’s | BAM | Hudson Booksellers | Indiebound | Target | Walmart

STEP 2 – Apply for the pre-order bonus

(Have your retailer name and order confirmation number ready and click the big green button.)

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You don’t have to hate what you do for a living. You can have a Do Over, and it starts right now.

Do Over

Never let people who won’t, tell you don’t.

This January, the paperback of my newest book, Do Over, comes out. Here’s the cover. (Please note the sleeves rolled up to show you that I’m approachable and relatable.)

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The shirt I wore isn’t wavy like this photo. I assure you.

Every time I release a book, I think about the handful of times people told me “don’t.”

The truth is I haven’t had a large group of opposition in my career. We sometimes like to dramatize or exaggerate the obstacles we face so we seem more important or victorious.

But here’s the thing, a little criticism usually feels like a lot.

You’ll carry a single sentence from a family member or even a stranger for a decade before you put it down.

An offhand remark about your photography, writing, small business or anything else can land like a ton of bricks.

I’ve been told I can’t write. I’ve been told I can’t start a business. I’ve been told I can’t make it.

I’ve been told don’t. And so have you.

But never let people who won’t, tell you don’t.

Sometimes we don’t want people to chase dreams because we’re not. Misery loves company. More than that, misery recruits it, hoping that you’ll give up too.

Keep going.

More than that, build strong relationships, sharpen your skills, invest in hustle and have a firm foundation of character.

How? Read a New York Times Bestseller about those exact four things.

I have one to recommend. I think you should pre-order it today.

It’s the best way to start your January.

And I’ll never tell you don’t.

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The Career Savings Account Event with Jon Acuff

It took me sixteen years to write Do Over. That breaks down to a brisk twelve words per day. But it wasn’t the writing that took so long, it was the working.

I had to work at big companies and small companies. I had to get hired and fired several times. I had to find my dream job, then walk away from it. But after all that, I can now say the following with absolute certainty: You already have everything you need for an amazing career. In fact, you did from day one.

Starting on the first day you got paid to scoop ice cream or restock shelves, you’ve had the chance to develop the four elements all great careers have in common: relationships, skills, character, and hustle. You already have each one of those, to one degree or another.

I’m hosting a fun, free event on December 12th in Brentwood, TN called The Career Savings Account Event to talk more about those four elements and how you can apply them in a new way by creating a Career Savings Account. This unique approach will give you the power to call a Do Over – whether you’re twenty-two, forty-two, or sixty-two.

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The event is from 7am-8am so you can attend in the morning and then get on with the rest of your day. We’ll be meeting at the Well Coffeehouse in Brentwood. Though the event is free, attendance will be limited, so register to secure your spot.

Just as a bank account protects you during a financial crunch, a Career Savings Account protects you during a career crunch. You need a CSA to face the major transitions you’ll experience in your career, and I hope you join me on December 12th to discover how to do that!

The event is free, but you must register to attend: The Career Savings Account Event with Jon Acuff.

Hope to see you there!

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What can you do with 1,000 candles?

That’s an interesting question.

If you’re just a random candle collector, the best you can do is probably terrify neighbors. Imagine how weird it would be to live next to someone who lit their house with 1,000 candles. And what if they were all the same scent? “What can I say? I like the smell of clean laundry. A lot. I like that scent a lot.” (There are 7 candle aficionados who just got mad on my email list.)

But I’m not talking about one person owning 1,000 candles, I’m talking about 1,000 of us each buying a candle from Thistle Farms.

For more than 18 years, they’ve helped women escape the bonds of trafficking, prostitution and addiction.

I’ve worked with them for years and starting today, we’re launching a “Stand on New Ground” campaign.

The concept is simple, more candles = more light = more women finding their way home.

I’ll never forget the story one survivor told me about her childhood. Her mom sold her to her drug dealer when she was 12. Can you even begin to think about what that’s like? As a dad of daughters, I will always use my platform to support organizations like this.

The candles are amazing and are such high quality that Whole Foods carries Thistle Farms. (I need to do a whole post on why having a big heart isn’t enough to be a great non-profit, you need big execution and excellence too!)

If you need a gift idea for someone or just want to do something kind for a stranger, buy a candle today.

My goal is to sell 1,000 for them. That feels like a lot but who ever said it was fun to play it safe?

Thanks for being part of this adventure with me. There are a lot of women in Nashville and other parts of the country who will sleep inside tonight instead of under highway passes because you cared. You gave them the chance to stand on new ground.

Buy one here!