A simple truth about writing a book.

Authors write books.

Readers make them bestsellers.

That’s one of the scary things about writing.

You spend a year of your life saying no to other things. Things that might be guaranteed to work. Things that might have been easier. Things that might have made more sense to people on the outside.


Because you have an idea you believe in. So you take this very limited thing you have, time, and you give it to the idea.

Statistically speaking, I’ll get 73 years on this planet, barring a run in with a bear. To give one of those 73 years to an unproven idea was intimidating.

Will people read it?

Will people identify with it?

Will people be encouraged by it, challenged by it, emboldened by it?

These are the questions that keep you up at night as an author.

I wrote Do Over  because I needed it. I went through the largest career transition I’ve ever experienced and I needed it. But that’s certainly no guarantee that other people will too.

There’s no guarantee that college seniors will recognize graduation as the Do Over it is.

There’s no guarantee that Parent’s Magazine will name it their “Mom Must Read.”

There’s no guarantee that Bloomberg BusinessWeek will feature it as part of their
“Master’s Class.”

Although all of these things happened in the last few weeks, when you start writing, nothing is guaranteed.

But the thing you never try, always fails.

So you try.

You write.

You paint.

You apply to new jobs.

You open a business.

You go back to school even though everyone else seems so young.

You sacrifice that rarest of gifts, time, for something you believe in.

And then you hope. Because writers don’t make books successful, readers do. Business owners don’t make businesses successful, customers do. Musicians don’t make albums successful, listeners do.

Do Over is a success because you made it so.

You bought it for yourself. You bought it for a friend. You bought it for a son or daughter who bumped into the 20s and didn’t know what to do next.

You put it on all these bestseller lists.


Thank you!

And if you haven’t bought Do Over yet, I dare you to take a look at it.

I dare you to crack open the first few pages and see what thousands and thousands of other people have already discovered.

I dare you to launch your next dream, from the pages of a book I wrote for you and book I wrote for me.

Here’s where you can buy a copy. Here’s to dreaming. Here’s to trying. Here’s to your Do Over.
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  • Brent Dumler
    Posted at 06:19h, 28 April Reply

    LifeWay also carries ‘Do Over.’ Picking my copy up today. Can’t wait for Do Over Night in Atlanta!

  • Ken Fite
    Posted at 06:35h, 28 April Reply

    I love what Anne Lamott said in Bird by Bird. “Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul. When writers make us shake our heads with the exactness of their prose and their truths, and even make us laugh about ourselves or life, our buoyancy is restored. We are given a shot at dancing with, or at least clapping along with, the absurdity of life, instead of being squashed by it over and over again. It’s like singing on a boat during a terrible storm at sea. You can’t stop the raging storm, but singing can change the hearts and spirits of the people who are together on that ship.” We’re all on the same ship trying to make our own Do Overs. We all have raging storms in our lives that we’ve trying to get through. It’s been great to see you make it through over the past year… as writers, we write what we ourselves need to hear, so I know you wrote the book for yourself, too. Thank you for sharing what you’ve learned with us.

  • David Mike
    Posted at 06:46h, 28 April Reply

    Great read and it’s changing lives. Your honors are well deserved. Congratulations Jon.

  • Ben Meredith
    Posted at 07:07h, 28 April Reply

    Jon, congrats on the bestseller lists! So cool! Your book has been huge for continuing to kick me in the pants.

    I dare you to try the result of my Do Over, which is a retool of the WordPress plugin you are using to display those “Click To Tweet” boxes up there.

    Ask your developer to check mine out. I’ll guarantee mine is better.


  • Chance
    Posted at 12:45h, 28 April Reply

    So I’m happy with my career, but just switched jobs/states. Is “Do Over” for me, or is it more people who are unsatisfied or thinking of changing their overall career?

  • Krithika Rangarajan
    Posted at 17:40h, 28 April Reply

    Congratulations Jon! I plan to buy your book after receiving my first paycheck as a freelancer (that’s my gift to ME 😛 )…but you ROCK!

  • Scott Friend
    Posted at 21:05h, 28 April Reply


    Your books and your groups on Facebook have motivated so many, including myself. I directly attribute the “nudge” to finally start writing and start my site due to the Dreamers and Builders and the 30 Days of Hustle.

    Thanks for leading such an awesome tribe.

    – Scott

  • Mark Lilly
    Posted at 05:09h, 04 May Reply

    Loved the last two books, Jon, and can’t wait to check this one out!

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