For most of us, our steady nine-to-five jobs aren’t satisfying. They aren’t enough.  The daily grind might feed our stomachs, but we want employment that will fill our dreams. We want it all, and we’re not ashamed to admit it.

We’re not sure if Jon Acuff  had twenty-somethings in mind when he wrote his 2011 book Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job & Your Dream Job, but it sure seems to speak to our generation.

As millennials, we want more for ourselves than the generations before us (and those generations—understandably, in some cases–will be sure to remind us how selfish and entitled we are because of it). For most of us, our steady nine-to-five jobs aren’t satisfying. They aren’t enough.

The daily grind might feed our stomachs, but we want employment that will fill our dreams. We want it all, and we’re not ashamed to admit it. That’s why it’s so tempting to leave the cubicle farms we’re accustomed to and dive into career paths that are meaningful to us.

Acuff gets it. He’s been there. He quit six fulltime jobs before landing his dream gig, and he shares with us the insight he’s gained along the way.  Quitter isn’t just a book about quitting. It’s a guide for leveraging our day jobs in ways that are useful and meaningful. It’s about appreciating what we already have, and strategically working toward our goals in ways that won’t leave us broke and hungry.

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Acuff wisely reminds us, “…the opportunity to quit your job will always be there. The real question is whether you’ve prepared.”

Quite frankly, many of us probably haven’t. Acuff’s book is great for those of us who need a reminder that our day jobs are a crucial part of the bigger picture.

Acuff reminds us that our jobs are crucial to our livelihood, whether we like it or not.

Put simply, our jobs fund our lives. Without a steady income, we’d have no way to pay our bills, put food in our bellies, or fuel in our cars (or even have a car, for that matter). It’s an obvious reminder, but one that many of us seem to need.

We all complain about how soul-sucking our jobs are, and lament that our lives shouldn’t revolve around a paycheck. But the fact is, money is crucial to us. We can’t effectively pursue our dreams without some of the stability a regular income provides.

Quitting before we’re financially prepared won’t land us in our dream jobs. Actually, the stress related to financial instability might lead us to take jobs that are less-appealing than the ones we just left! The first chapter, “Don’t Quit Your Day Job,” urges us to stick around for awhile and reap the benefits a steady job provides.

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Dreams don’t come true overnight.

In fact, it may be years before we’re able to accomplish our goals, and that’s only if we’re willing to work extremely hard to make them a reality. Acuff tells us we need to hustle. Fortunately, a lot of us are already doing exactly that. We put in our forty (or fifty) hours, go home and rock our side hustles, manage our own blogs, and shamelessly promote our work on social media. It’s a lot of work, and we do it with pride.

But many of us can relate to the old adage “there aren’t enough hours in the day.” It can be tempting to quit our jobs so that we have more time to focus on our dreams, but Acuff reminds us that we “…have the perfect amount of time each day for the things that matter most. The key is spending time on those things.”

We need to identify the things we can do to move us closer to our goals, then hustle like crazy.

We don’t have to be miserable.

Many of us allow our day jobs to make us miserable, but that only causes harm. After all, Acuff points out, “Leonardo da Vinci, widely regarded as one of the greatest artists who ever lived, worked a day job while he pursued his passion. Chances are you will, too, but that doesn’t mean it has to be miserable.” We need to recognize that our day jobs allow for us to pursue our passions. Acuff shares his wisdom:

“If you’re patient and deliberate, your day job can become a wonderful platform from which you can launch your dream job. If you demonize your day job though and rail against it, it becomes a prison you’ll try to escape from. And prison breaks rarely go well for anyone.”

Our day jobs can liberate or suffocate us, and that decision is often up to us.

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Acuff has experienced many of the obstacles we’re currently facing (and are likely to continue facing long past our twenties), and his book is a documentation of wisdom we can cull from his experiences. Sometimes we all need a little reminder to appreciate what we have and make the most of situations we don’t love. Quitter reminds us to do just that.

Snag yourself a copy of Quitter on Amazon!