When to Jump: If the Job You Have Isn't the Life You Want

When to Jump: If the Job You Have Isn't the Life You Want

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—...

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Title:When to Jump: If the Job You Have Isn't the Life You Want
Author:Mike Lewis
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When to Jump: If the Job You Have Isn't the Life You Want Reviews

  • Kim

    won from librarything.com

    got in mail today

  • Serendipity Marie

    Watching my niece's gymnastics competition - I use the term "competition" loosely considering I changed her diaper less than 3 years ago - I'm struck by the difference in the little girls' faces as they jump from the balance beam. They are all the same age. They all have had similar classes. Yet, there is a hesitation and almost fear on the faces of some, while others leap without much of a glance at the ground. I was reminded of these girls while reading "When to Jump" by Mike Lewis.

    Lewis has

    Watching my niece's gymnastics competition - I use the term "competition" loosely considering I changed her diaper less than 3 years ago - I'm struck by the difference in the little girls' faces as they jump from the balance beam. They are all the same age. They all have had similar classes. Yet, there is a hesitation and almost fear on the faces of some, while others leap without much of a glance at the ground. I was reminded of these girls while reading "When to Jump" by Mike Lewis.

    Lewis has built a sincere compilation of both his own career change and the stories of over 40 other individuals who take that step into the unsure world of a new career. He organizes it in a way that lays out how to plan one's own career move. The variety of starting points and landing points is vast. Each individual's story is short and to the point, making this an easy to read and widely applicable volume. If you are considering a career change and want a way to organize the chaos that decision may bring there is plenty here you will find useful.

    The only flaw to this collection is the sampling bias for the stories. Like many business or self-help books of it's kind, the advice is taken from individuals who succeeded in whatever the topic of the book is. There isn't a separate sample of individuals who did the same or similar and wished they hadn't or had to go back to their old ways even if they wished they didn't. I raise this critique simply to say the book offers great encouragement for those who want to plan a "jump." But it does little to remind readers of the adage wherever you go, there you are." Like many of the 40+ individuals detailed in the collection and the girls who leaped headstrong into their gymnastics dismount, who you are will determine a lot about how you view your landing.

    I whole-heartedly recommend this volume to anyone considering a career jump. It certainly provides a well-considered path to doing that jump wisely.

    I received an advance copy of this book through a LibraryThing giveaway.

  • Jo-Ann Duff (Duffy The Writer)

    There are lots of books out there which promise you your dream life, job and love if you follow the authors simple rules and it can all seem like a bit of a pipe dream. Mike Lewis has tapped into something a little bit different with When To Jump. Using his own experience of taking the leap from venture capitalist to professional squash player as inspiration, Lewis sought out other people who have made the leap.

    What I like about When To Jump, is that it isn’t full of rags to riches stories and p

    There are lots of books out there which promise you your dream life, job and love if you follow the authors simple rules and it can all seem like a bit of a pipe dream. Mike Lewis has tapped into something a little bit different with When To Jump. Using his own experience of taking the leap from venture capitalist to professional squash player as inspiration, Lewis sought out other people who have made the leap.

    What I like about When To Jump, is that it isn’t full of rags to riches stories and people who have changed the world. It’s a collection of stories from ordinary people that have changed their own worlds. Some are complete changes in direction; Jeff Arch, for example, who went from karate school instructor to Hollywood screenwriter, or Rashard Mendenhall who went from professional football player to writer. But, some are as simple, and as frightening, as going for that promotion, or taking a side step into a different department in the same company you work for.

    The common theme amongst these uncommon stories is to have a B plan. Yes, you can have that little voice telling you to give it all up and become a writer or to quit your lucrative management position to launch a start-up, but you need to be sensible and have a backup plan. It’s not all about ‘the jump’, it’s more about planning the jump so that you have a higher chance of success when you decide to take the leap.

    I found the stories inspirational, motivational, and above all attainable. Many, many times whilst reading When To Jump, I thought ‘I need to get my jump plan together!’.

    This is better than your average motivational read. Original, bite-sized stories which will get you thinking, and more importantly listening to your own inner voice.

    Buy now at Booktopia! Copy given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • Megan

    Some great stories and advice... and some that are pretty skip-worthy. Also, I had to power through the first part which was all about the author's life (it was a little too silver-spooned). I'm glad I stuck with it though and will be looking into some of the contributors' works.

  • Sarah Nosworthy

    I struggle to know what my 'passion' is - but it was nice to see how many people moved from one career to another, and talked about how it worked (or didn't!).

    Sharing the concept of the book with a friend; and the author's 'passion' being squash, my friend was rather bemused. Understandably too, as it's hardly a profitable career path.

  • Syazwanie Winston abdullah

    I actually finished a non-fiction! But this did not feel much like any other self-help books I read. I felt like I was reading the chicken soup books. It was a pretty easy read with bite size chapters. I love the fact that the book were inserted with stories of people who jumped, be it successful or otherwise. It was also close to the heart as I had been thinking of making another jump. It resonated with me for all the past jumps I made too. And how I could have made some jumps better than how i

    I actually finished a non-fiction! But this did not feel much like any other self-help books I read. I felt like I was reading the chicken soup books. It was a pretty easy read with bite size chapters. I love the fact that the book were inserted with stories of people who jumped, be it successful or otherwise. It was also close to the heart as I had been thinking of making another jump. It resonated with me for all the past jumps I made too. And how I could have made some jumps better than how it had turned out to be.

    When to Jump is a book that tells the story of the little Voice in you, that tells you what you should be doing to be happier in your life - you know, the voice that you usually ignore in favor of what you think is the right way to live your life! Like studying and be the best in school so you can get a good job and start a family etc. But what if that does not make you happy? But yet, you do not want to live that life, just because you were expected to?

    It can be a small jump or a big one. But a few important things to do before a jump - it has to have a plan, you will need a backup, get a lot of support from people who KNOW you and you need to have the courage to jump! This books tells you all about the four phases before a jump, and in between the phases, tells you stories of those who jumped. These were the interesting insights and the reflective thoughts of what kind of jump you will need, why you need to jump, when to jump and how to make that jump successful.

    In the end, the most important thing to remember is that a jump makes you to be who you are. You will not regret it because you jumped, rather than wondering about the what-ifs had you not chosen the jump.

  • Dimitrios Mistriotis

    I kind of cheated here as I did not read the whole book but only the parts that interested me. Being currently in "jump-mode" I read only the introduction and the final "Don't look back" section. Second cheat is that I did not purchase the book but was given to me on a promotion tour by the speaker.

    The book has a pattern on what to do if you do not like your job and/or the career trajectory and how to move from there to where you want to be.

    This theory has emerged from the life of the author and

    I kind of cheated here as I did not read the whole book but only the parts that interested me. Being currently in "jump-mode" I read only the introduction and the final "Don't look back" section. Second cheat is that I did not purchase the book but was given to me on a promotion tour by the speaker.

    The book has a pattern on what to do if you do not like your job and/or the career trajectory and how to move from there to where you want to be.

    This theory has emerged from the life of the author and people that have interacted with him, so we are talking about pure epistimology here. The vast majority of "When to Jump"'s content is two/three page essays of different people around the world in each stage. From this perspective the book is essentially an great articulation of very well edited blog posts about one subject put in one place.

    The whole premise felt like being in the category of books that one would love if given as a gift but would not buy. I would suggest to resist that tendency and give it a shot if you find it in a bookstore.

    Reminder to future self: write about my jump.

  • Tina

    2.5 stars. I would say this book is pretty hit and miss. Some of the stories were interesting and inspiring, more of them were a little blah or general. I was kind of put off by the number of stories in here where the person started off in some kind of high finance job. One or two would've been fine, but I felt like there were too many, especially given that working in that environment probably gives you the types of savings/investment contacts that would make a jump much easier (especially into

    2.5 stars. I would say this book is pretty hit and miss. Some of the stories were interesting and inspiring, more of them were a little blah or general. I was kind of put off by the number of stories in here where the person started off in some kind of high finance job. One or two would've been fine, but I felt like there were too many, especially given that working in that environment probably gives you the types of savings/investment contacts that would make a jump much easier (especially into a start-up concept). This focus also gave the book a narrowness that seemed as if Lewis mainly asked a bunch of his friends for some submissions.

    Meh. I wouldn't really recommend this. I think there are better "follow your dream" books out there.

  • Gina

    A collection of mini-bios about people who made major career changes. It doesn't really offer any practical advice aside from telling people to just do it.

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