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When to Jump : If the Job You Have Isn't the Life You Want
2018
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In his debut, Lewis, a financial analyst turned pro squash player, gathers together 44 first-person case studies from career changers to help readers make their own career jumps. The stories range from small changes, such as an internal move within a company, to dramatic ones, such as the case of a pro football player who becomes an HBO writer. The examples are a mix of people famous (e.g., Michael Lewis, bond salesman turned bestselling author) and not (Barbara Harris, PR person turned bishop). Lewis shares stories of his own "jump" as a preface to each of the book's four sections: "Listen to the Little Voice," "Make a Plan," "Let Yourself Be Lucky," and "Don't Look Back." By "Let Yourself Be Lucky," when Lewis decides to quit his company and head to New Zealand to pursue his dream of playing squash professionally, the reader can't help but cheer him on. Lewis is overeager in a Boy Scout way, but likable and helpful, offering collections of tips extracted from the jumpers' stories at the end of each section. As he states in the introduction, he wants his book to be a "steady hand of support" rather than a mere manual. Most importantly, Lewis and his jumpers offer enough wisdom that readers will return to these stories even after making their own jump. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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<p> "A lively and inspiring guidebook for anyone who wants to make the jump from normal to extraordinary." <br> --Tony Robbins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Unshakeable and MONEY: Master the Game <br> <br> An inspirational book that lays out the "Jump Curve"--four steps to wholeheartedly pursuing the career of your dreams--through experiences from a variety of people who have jumped and never looked back </p> <p>When Mike Lewis was twenty-four and working in a prestigious corporate job, he eagerly wanted to leave and pursue his dream of becoming a professional squash player. But he had questions: When is the right time to move from work that is comfortable to a career you have only dared to dream of? How have other people made such a jump? What did they feel when making that jump--and afterward?</p> <p>Mike sought guidance from others who had "jumped," and the responses he got--from a banker who started a brewery, a publicist who became a Bishop, a garbage collector who became a furniture designer, and on and on--were so clear-eyed and inspiring that Mike wanted to share what he had learned with others who might be helped by those stories. First, though, he started playing squash professionally.</p> <p>The right book at the right time, When to Jump offers more than forty heartening stories (from the founder of Bonobos, the author of The Big Short , the designer of the Lyft logo, the Humans of New York creator, and many more) and takeaways that will inspire, instruct, and reassure, including the ingenious four-phase Jump Curve.</p>
Table of Contents
Foreword    Sheryl Sandbergp. xiii
Introduction: Mike's Storyp. 1
The Jump Curvep. 13
Phase 1Listen to the Little Voicep. 17
Karate School Owner to Hollywood Screenwriter    Jeff Archp. 27
Nurse to Doctor    Teresa Marie Williams, MDp. 35
Mechanical Engineer to Fitness Entrepreneur    Nate Chambersp. 40
Marketing Executive to Writer    Laura McKowenp. 49
Medical School Research Fellow to Nonprofit Founder and Executive Director    Tommy Clarkp. 54
Technology Designer to Painter    Elle Lunap. 58
Professional Football Player to Writer    Rashard Mendenhallp. 64
Warehouse Worker to High School Student Supervisor    Jhovany Castanedap. 67
Education Administrator to Author and Teacher    Merle R. Safersteinp. 72
Advertising Professional to Advocate for Sexual Assault Survivors    Kelly O'Harap. 76
Listen to the Little Voice: Section Takeawaysp. 82
Phase 2Make a Planp. 87
Marketing Director of Jewelry Company to Founder and CEO of Multimedia Company for Children    Debbie Sterlingp. 97
Private Equity Investor to Founder of Men's Clothing Company    Brian Spalyp. 101
PR Executive to Bishop in the Episcopal Church    Barbara Harrisp. 105
Professional Baseball Player to College Student    Adrian Cárdenasp. 108
Consultant to Nonprofit Founder and Executive Director    Adam Braunp. 112
Internal Jump: Advertising Operations Associate to Market Research Analyst to Sales Analytics Professional    Akansha Agrawalp. 116
Wall Street Derivatives Trader to Founder of Social Adventure Company    Maia Josebachvilip. 123
Investment Banker to Tech Professional to Designer of an Activewear Brand    Eric Wup. 128
Internal Jump: Customer Support Representative to Sales Engineer    Paige Johnson (pseudonym)p. 133
Investment Professional to Coxswain of US Paralympic Rowing Team    Alexandra Steinp. 139
Financial Services Professional to Social Impact Entrepreneur    Rahul Razdanp. 144
Make a Plan: Section Takeawaysp. 148
Phase 3Let Yourself Be Luckyp. 155
Finance Professional to Bestselling Author    Michael Lewisp. 162
Curator of National Marine Aquarium and BBC Field Producer to Sailing Explorer    Juan Romerop. 166
Video Game Marketer to Inventor of the Lyft Carstache    Ethan Eylerp. 171
Technology Operations Manager to Art Gallery Owner    Abigail Ogilvy Ryanp. 177
Health Care Researcher to Nonprofit Executive Director    Olakunle Oladehinp. 182
Human Resources Professional to Founder of Travel Rewards Media Platform    Brian Kellyp. 187
Lawyer to Pastor to Professor    Bruce Huberp. 193
Teacher to Ski Instructor    Eleanor Watsonp. 199
United States Senator Angus King-Lawyer to Journalist to Energy Entrepreneur to Politicianp. 204
Garbage Collector to Furniture Designer/Maker    Greg Klassenp. 209
Let Yourself Be Lucky: Section Takeawaysp. 214
Phase 4Don't Look Backp. 219
Commercial Banker to Brewery Owner    Dan Kenaryp. 225
IT Consultant to Digital Director at Special Olympics    Kyle Battlep. 231
Corporate Hospitality Services Professional to Restaurant Owner    James Bourquep. 235
Secretary to Photographer    Elizabeth Haguep. 240
Private Wealth Manager to Sober-Home Operator    Jack Manning (pseudonym)p. 245
Journalist to United States Marine    Matt Pottingerp. 251
Retail Operations Analyst to Cheese Shop Owner    Sarah Dvorakp. 257
Bartender to Yoga Instructor    Danni Pomplunp. 264
Actress to Education Entrepreneur    Manisha Snoyerp. 270
Corporate Lawyer to Government Lawyer    Jacob Lichtp. 274
Investment Banker to Fashion Entrepreneur    Anoopreet Rehncyp. 278
Lawyer to Firefighter    Brenda Berkmanp. 284
Bond Trader to Photographer    Brandon Stantonp. 288
Don't Look Back: Section Takeawaysp. 296
Conclusion: Jumping Againp. 303
Acknowledgments (or, The Story Behind the Story)p. 307
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