When to Jump
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?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.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.

When to Jump Details

TitleWhen to Jump
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 9th, 2018
PublisherHenry Holt & Company
ISBN-139781250124210
Rating
GenreSelf Help, Business, Nonfiction

When to Jump Review

  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    won from librarything.comgot in mail today
  • Serendipity Marie
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Jo-Ann Duff (Duffy The Writer)
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed the variety of people and their stories. Some great advice and encouragement for me as I think about my jump.
  • Elizabeth Chabe
    January 1, 1970
    Some interesting stories.
  • Scott Fritz
    January 1, 1970
    Are you happy with your life? Are you doing the what you really want to be doing in your professional life? Mike Lewis believes most of us do have something we want to be doing to better full fill our lives. The book When to Jump: If the Job You Have Isn’t the Life You Want proposes that we can take the jump and start better living our destiny. This book gives four steps to make a good jump to the new life style.Throughout this book Mike discusses his own jump to becoming a professional squash p Are you happy with your life? Are you doing the what you really want to be doing in your professional life? Mike Lewis believes most of us do have something we want to be doing to better full fill our lives. The book When to Jump: If the Job You Have Isn’t the Life You Want proposes that we can take the jump and start better living our destiny. This book gives four steps to make a good jump to the new life style.Throughout this book Mike discusses his own jump to becoming a professional squash player. Along with his own story the book provides many examples of journey’s others have taken for each of the four steps. Mike doesn’t just give examples of great jumps but includes those that didn’t go well. It is the stories of jumps that didn’t go well that makes this book valuable.This book helped me to understand what I will have to put into place in my life to successfully jump to another career as my professional career winds down. I am glad that I had the chance to read this book and highly recommend it to anyone who feels that they are in a rut in their work life.
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  • Dave
    January 1, 1970
    This is Chicken Soup for the Soul: Life Changes edition. I made it through 100 pages and then realized that the stories were not particularly satisfying. Moving on...
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