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.

  • Emily

    I enjoyed the variety of people and their stories. Some great advice and encouragement for me as I think about my jump.

  • 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.

  • Elizabeth Chabe

    Some interesting stories.

  • 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.

  • Lisa

    I would rate this book 2.5 stars. I had such high expectations when I started, but it just fell flat. There was no inspiration like I expected, although I did enjoy some of the stories. The author was annoying, arrogant, and one of those guys who steps in crap and it turns to gold.

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