Are you ready to declare a Do Over?


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As kids we believed we had the power to declare “Do Over!” when something didn’t turn out the right way.

We’d stand in the street and boot a second attempt at kickball. We’d crumple up a piece of paper when the dog’s head ended up lopsided and scribble all over on a new one.

We were not afraid to try, again.

Somewhere along the way to adulthood we forgot we still have permission to do that.

And not just with art or neighborhood sports, but something much larger. Something that often owns our days and haunts our weekends. Our careers.

The good news is it’s never too late to declare a Do Over.

The great news is it’s not complicated.

There are only four things you have to invest in if you want to have an amazing career. Whether you love the job you’re at and just want to love it even more, want to change industries or chase a dream, these four things will equip you for the journey.

The reason I was able to declare my own Do Over was because for 5 years I invested in these four things. They changed the entire arc of my career and I think they can change yours too.

This isn’t a book about quitting. I already wrote that one. This isn’t Start part 2. (I would have named it Start Over if it was.) Start was a map, this is the toolkit you’ll need for the journey.

I wrote Do Over for two reasons.

I believe in you.

I believe in work.

You can pre-order it today on Amazon and Barnes & Noble and then be completely surprised when it shows up on April 7, a gift you give yourself that you send into the future. Make sure you keep your receipt because we’re going to give pre-order folks some amazing stuff along the way!

It’s time to rescue Monday. It’s time to reinvent our work. It’s time to get unstuck.

It’s time to declare a Do Over.

About Author

Jon Acuff
Jon Acuff


  1. This is awesome! I could definitely use something like this to reignite the passion for my day job. Looking forward to the release!

  2. Lolly

    Can’t wait! I have two preordered already.

  3. Can’t wait! I miss the days of the “Do Over!” Let’s reinvent!

  4. good news for my weak-sauce wednesday morning.

    • oh right. I thought we were in March and this was coming out next month. Did I black out for 7 months? I’ve had my head down building my dream with a day job and here we are…football has started too. cray-cray.

  5. Love it, Jon! Preordering NOW!

  6. Oh, this is ridiculously exciting! Move over, Mondays & boring job! Jon Acuff just wrote another book. Can’t wait to get my hands on it!

  7. I love the ‘almost’ title: Start Over! Bet that was a very hard decision!

  8. Chuck Baker

    I placed my pre-order.

  9. I applaud your enthusiasm and panache, Jon. I’m ordering your book, because I respect you for sticking to your guns and, more accurately, your convictions. You’ve claimed your DO OVER, and you’ve done it humbly and honestly. I respect that, and I want to support it.

  10. Boom! Preordered! Can’t wait.

  11. SOO cool. Just started a new series at our church and the first part is “Do Over”..

    • Jon Acuff Jon Acuff

      That’s awesome. How many weeks is the series?

      • 4 weeks. Toward the latter part of the year we remind folks that God does do “do overs” when we become weary from the massive push we had in January.. Where resolutions are proclaimed but life happens afterward.
        week 1- You can Have a Do over (new begining)
        week 2- Revive the fire in you.
        week 3- Pace yourself
        week 4- The Do Over continues

  12. Fantastic concept for a book – my problem is I tend to Do Over….and over…and over

    • that is not a problem unless your do over is the exact same thing again. Evaluate your life experiences to see what can or should be adjusted.

  13. Cannot wait to consume the wisdom I know will be found in the pages of this book. The only downside is having to wait till April!

  14. Haha! This is awesome! I was just listening to the old podcast we did last December at Belmont and gleaning some of your great nuggets on living honestly in the messy life of being an entrepreneur. I’m grabbing my copy now. Congratulations, Jon!

  15. Neil

    I’m intrigued… but how will this be different to Quitter + Start?

    • Travis

      This is my main concern. I fear that Jon will most likely be taking elements from both Start and Quitter and combining them with his current stage of life, without truly finding anything new to talk about. Of course, this is pure speculation. I just don’t want these books to formulate a cycle and become the “Trial and Error Trilogy” where you Start, then you decide you want to Quit, and then you declare for yourself a Do Over…and so on and so forth.

  16. I can’t wait to read your book Jon! I’m ordering it too (plus who doesn’t love surprises?). Love the concept about a do-over. It’s so easy as an adult to feel that we can’t because we have invested so much time into something. But life is about being brave and sailing away from the safe harbor.

  17. JD Dargai

    Well…this is awesome news!

  18. Amazing. Another epic book that will change the world. Thanks Jon.

    Paul // Leadership Blogger, http://www.paulsohn.org

  19. Looking forward to this, Jon! Let us all know how we can help you launch your book!

  20. Congrats, Jon!

    So excited to read the book… but I may be even more excited to watch your journey in these months leading to launch!

    Appreciate you.

  21. Looking forward to reading this. One of the biggest lies I ever believed in my life was that it was too late for a do over…as you call it. And, while I know it’s a lie, I still see myself get stuck from time to time in that (not at all productive) mentality.

  22. Jason Ault

    Pre-order complete! Can’t wait, Jon!

  23. tessa

    WOOHOO! I can’t wait for this…I just hope there’s a conference attached to it as well because I am having SEVERE WITHDRAWALS of not attending an Acuff conference this September!!

    Also, does Amazon go ahead and charge your card today? Or does it wait until the release day?

  24. I was just thinking today that I want a do over in life. I pre ordered your book and look forward to getting it in April! Thanks for leading by example Jon!

  25. I don’t think there’s another book I’m more excited to read! I definitely will pre-order as well as review it and give one away on my blog! So happy for you. Thank you for living out your dream, sharing it with others, and encouraging all of us to do the same!

  26. Pamela Gann

    Can’t wait until April to get my copy!

  27. Steve (fsucurran)

    Preorder done. Can’t wait. I saw your breakout at Orange on “Reset” moments and it was phenomenal. I’m really looking forward to the expanded thoughts in the book. Especially because I am living a reset moment right now.

  28. Melissa

    I was just doing a little research to see if I could find some study group materials as I begin a group with friends to read START together and stumbled upon this. I seriously appreciate the honest and encouraging words that help put into perspective what we seem to always overcomplicate as people. That book has changed my life and I can’t wait to share it with new people tomorrow! Just preordered your book (PS I never pre-order anything).

    Can’t wait – Keep writing Jon. 🙂

  29. Congrats! You know you have my support.

  30. Love it, I can’t wait for it to come out!

    It reminds me of that instaquote going around “When something goes wrong in your life just yell PLOT TWIST and move on”

  31. Molly

    Can’t wait to read it! I have all your books and they’re amazing. Why did you tell us now? Now I’ll be on tenterhooks until April!

  32. Are you sold on the title? Maybe “Mulligan” instead 🙂

    j/k! Very exciting! Congrats Jon…

  33. Sounds like another winning entry in the series from Jon….wonder what the next one will be? so far we’ve quit, started, and hit reset….

  34. James Sommers

    Rrrr, I was hoping it’d be: How to Get Rich Fast With No Real Work So You can Retire in 12 Months or Less!

    Oh well…

    Seriously, going to pre order now. I’ve read many books, followed many people and Jon you’re easily one of the most inspiring people I’ve met/read and listened to. You bring things to the table that I simply have never heard. And you do it with humility, honesty and most important humor! Oh how I think humor is important!

    Whether we’re chasing a dream, getting out of debt, dealing with the loss of a loved one…being able to laugh at ourselves, our situation and life I think is transforming.

    Thanks for all you do!


  35. catherine

    Jon, I have been following you for about 3 years. Can’t wait to read this one! I am so thankful that the Lord gave me a chance to have a do-over! I am working my tail off and loving every minute of it. I am teaching a class full of fourth grade dreamers who, I have no doubt, will change the world. If you had asked me 3 months ago if I thought I would be here, in an amazing school teaching amazing kids, I would have given you every reason why it was impossible. But, all glory to God, He made it happen! We are dreaming big and working hard!

  36. Bobby

    That book can’t come soon enough. I am in the middle of a “do over” right now!

  37. Perfect timing, Jon! And to get me ready, I’ll read Start again.
    Hope your new year is going to be as productive as mine will be (thanks to you!)

  38. I’ve never watched someone “construct” a book the way you did. I can still recall you posting images of your alarm clock blaring 5:00 AM in red letters or standing over your manuscript as it took up your entire kitchen table and everyone in the comments section was screaming, “Don’t open a window!”

    I’ve also never pre-ordered a book, but I will yours. You deserve it.

  39. Hey Jon,

    Don’t know if this is already being addressed but…I’ve signed up for your e-mail list…and a “free first chapter” I do not see 🙁

    I’ll probably be pre-ordering this thing anyway, but just wanted to give a heads up in case other folks indicate an issue as well!