Book Review: Do Over by Jon Acuff
So it all started with some tweets:
@VinceFowler @JGoodTO @ThinkProdCanada @luminuslearning @JonAcuff I’m in!
â€” Jenny Hill, CPLP (@jennyrhill) April 8, 2015
And the Twitter #bookclub was born. A group of us are reading Do Over, by Jon Acuff. I’m now a few chapters in and wanted to check in and share my thoughts so far!
When I first picked up Do Over I thought it might be related to iterative work- perhaps some kind of application of Agile, wherein you “do over” your work based on feedback.
As I dove into the first chapter, I saw that I wasnâ€™t in the right area at all- â€œDo Overâ€ seems to refer to the ability some have to â€œDo Overâ€ things in their lives or careers. The first chapter focuses on the concept of a â€œCareer Savings Accountâ€- basically an idea where you build up a rainy-day fund for your career through investment of time in some key areas. These areas include:
Nothing crazy and groundbreaking so far, but the tone is conversational and fun, and I’m sucked in. There’s a chart that illustrates how each of these areas can help with various career changes and issues- things that might cause you to call a career “Do Over”.
In the chapters following, there’s some exercises that help you work on the Relationships area. I’ve filled a few pages already with great people I know- I’m continually surprised by all the knowledge and skills and general awesomeness in my network. You guys are awesome. Pause for virtual hugs.
Anyway. we move into different types of people, friends, and foes, and advocates. There’s a big focus on the value of casual relationships, and the best things to do about foes. I got some great tips here- I don’t think I have much in the way of real foes, but what I might have probably falls more under “clueless” than “calculated”. Awesome. There’s a lot of focus on choosing a good approach and attitude- one line that stuck with me was:
“Misery loves company and also recruits it.”
Ouch. I can’t think of many people who would want to knowingly perpetuate misery! But it happens- and books like this help break the cycle.
Advocates are one place I think I’d really like to do some more work. I want to more intentionally shape my career, and an advocate is a good way to do that!
I’m about a third into the book now, and enjoying it. What do you think so far, bookclub?