“What do you do when all the excuses you used to not chase your dream are gone? What do you do then?” ~Jon Acuff
I have just finished reading Jon Acuff’s book called Start. Punch fear in the face Escape average and do work that matters. Jon has a great writing style and is always throwing in funny comments. Jon began blogging at Stuff Christians Like and then began a speaking career as well. He worked for Dave Ramsey when this book was written. Jon points out the 5 lands or phases in our lives we go through as we find out what matters to us and how we can do Awesome stuff.
1. Learning This is like your 20s when you went to college to get a degree and began your first job. You tried a lot of different things to see where you fit and what skills you might have. As you try things you are going through the buffet of life and tasting and seeing what are your passions. You take some risks and see what pays off and where you fail.
2. Editing is about subtraction or removing what you learned about in the land of learning and didn’t fit your goals and aspirations. Jon compares this to our life stage in our 30s where we whittle down to main tasks. I have found we need to edit our lives and look at what things are working for us and what things we need to stop doing.
3. Mastering In the third stage we are doing what Jon calls, “Doing the Reps.” We begin to master things we selected by doing the repetitions to become masters. As we enter our 40s we have been doing this for a few years and we gain a deeper understanding of what it takes to do it well. This takes a lot of time and patience to master something. I have played golf many times but have never mastered it as I haven’t done the reps. Jon points out how there is no shortcuts to awesome.
4. Harvesting In Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, the main character, Willy Loman recounts us with the tales of a legendary salesman who can make calls from his hotel room and get orders. Willy doesn’t understand the salesman, David Singleman has gone through these other stages to become successful. Jon describes the land of harvesting as our 50s where we are harvesting from the skills we have finely tuned.
5. Guiding The last land is where we share our talents with others by guiding them to develop their talents and skills. As we enter our 60s we might be ready to share our knowledge with others and point them in a new direction.
Jon states that as we develop a new skill we will move through these lands. We may be in different lands with different skills and we need to be patient with them and not try to jump steps but understand we will master them in time. Perhaps this book will help you find some awesome in your life!
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