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Do Over

I need your help today for a hilarious reason.

A week ago, I announced I was holding a meme contest for the paperback launch of Do Over. (You can buy a copy right here.)

The two winners would receive an awesome stack of books from Penguin.

I thought I’d get a few entries and then ask you to vote on the three best.

That was a dumb expectation.

You sent in hundreds of entries. There are so many amazing Do Over memes that we had to create a quick survey to tally the results.

That’s where you come in.

Will you please take a few minutes and vote on your favorite meme? The survey will be open for 48 hours. (It closes Saturday morning at 10AM Central.)

Here’s the link.

If you made one of these memes, tell your friends to vote for you!

Are you ready for some hilarious memes?

Click here!

Do Over

You’ve only got 14 hours left.

Have you ever dreaded Sunday night because it reminded you that Monday morning was coming?

Have you ever looked at the clock expecting it to be noon and it’s only 10AM because your work day is dragging?

Have you ever felt like one week of vacation wasn’t enough because it took you that long to even shake off work?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, it’s time to read Do Over.

And not someday, today.

Why?

Because I made a 7 part video series you get for free if you order before midnight.

Best of all, it’s only $11 right now.

Enjoying your job is worth $11. (Probably even $15, but let’s not get carried away.)

The free 7 part video series disappears in a few hours.

Don’t miss it and don’t spend another week dreading work.

Order Do Over today and then fill out this form for your free videos.

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Win a free library from Penguin Books!

Win a free library from Penguin Books!

One of my goals in life is to have a home library so big that I need one of those rolling ladders to get around.

Will I sing from the top? We’ll see. I’m not ruling anything out.

If you like books too, I’ve got some exciting news.

I want to help start your library by giving you 11 different books from Penguin, my publisher!

I handpicked books from their insane collection and will be picking two winners this Thursday. How do you win?

Create the best meme about the Do Over paperback.

(Google “meme” if you don’t know what that is or ask the person closest to you who has their nose pierced.)

I want to see hilarious memes that capture the best of Do Over and the best of pop culture.

Here are two examples:


Please note in the first one, that it wasn’t directly about Do Over but was more about hating your job. That works, too.

The book is about rescuing Monday so if your meme doesn’t specifically mention Do Over, but instead focuses on a career situation, that’s cool too. You can also place Do Over in a popular scene from a movie or TV show. Last year, someone used Do Over as the boombox John Cusack was raising in Say Anything for example. (You can buy a copy of the book right here!)

What books will two lucky winners win? These:

I’m running the contest myself and feel like 7 days is plenty of time to enter.

You can enter as often as you like.

How do you enter? Do two things:
1. Post your meme on social media and tag me so I see it. (I’m @JonAcuff on Twitter and Instagram.)
2. Email it to Ashley at Acuff.me

On Thursday, January 19th, I’ll post the best entries on my blog and let you pick the winner.

Ready to meme?

Or do you feel like “ain’t nobody got time for that?”

Up to you really.

Here’s to Do Over moments. Here’s to libraries. Here’s to doing something funny with a photo of Kermit the Frog.

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The tweet I want you to send me next year.

I have some good news and some bad news.

The bad news is that people who tell you “a job is just a job” are lying to you. Working for the weekend and living for vacation are terrible ways to go through life. Screw TGIF. (The lifestyle, not the restaurant. I am no enemy of mozzarella sticks.)

The reality is, your job is more than just your job. It’s how you are going to spend 40-60 hours every week for 40-60 years.

Hooray for positive, encouraging openings to blog posts!

But wait, there’s good news.

The good news is you can enjoy your job. You can have fun at work. You can find purpose and passion and change the world.

The secret is simple, “Find something you love so much you’d do it for free and then get so good at it that people pay you a lot to do it.”

That’s all you have to do and if you’ll dare try, you’ll send me a tweet like the one I got last week.

Do you know what I love about that? We’re not seeing the shiny “after” or the final product. We’re seeing the glimmer.

I love the glimmer.

The glimmer is that quiet question you hear late at night that says, “What if?” The glimmer is that fragment of a thought from the third grade you who still believes there’s more to life. The glimmer is possibility and potential.

Do you know why most people are on their phones so much? They’re afraid of the glimmer.

If you can distract yourself with your phone, you don’t have to admit that last year you said next year and nothing actually changed. If you can watch enough TV or make your life loud enough the still voice of hope can’t challenge you.

This is why at red lights we grab for our phones so desperately.

Are you done running?

Are you ready to dream again and dare again and try again?

I am.

The paperback version of my latest New York Times Bestseller Do Over comes out today.

I think it will help you so much I even put together a free 7-part video series for everyone who buys a copy before January 13. (After you buy the paperback, click here to get the video series!)

The only people who should read it are people who will have a job the next 40 years.

If that’s not you, carry on about your day.

But, if you’re ready to admit the glimmer, if you’re ready to make more money at work and have more fun, I’ve got something you need to read.

It’s called Do Over.

And it’s time to start yours today.

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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.

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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.