Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work, and Never Get Stuck

Jon Acuff. Penguin/Portfolio, $26.95 (288p) ISBN 978-1-5918-4761-8
In this lively business manual, Acuff (Start) sets readers on the path to “intentionally building a career” using a tool kit he calls the Career Savings Account (CSA). Aimed at helping readers navigate and capitalize on career changes (planned or unplanned), the CSA comprises four components: relationships, skills, character, and hustle. According to Acuff, many people already possess some of the components, but few have the entire package. Delving deeply into what he means by “relationships,” Acuff helps readers identify people both close and distant who can aid in attaining career goals. Perhaps most usefully, he groups the relationships formed over the course of a career into three basic categories: friend, advocate, and foe. Acuff also tackles the importance of mastering your skills, stressing the importance of skills that may be “invisible” to you. As for character and hustle, he connects these qualities to the respective virtues of being “present” and “flexible with your dream.” Brimming over with sound, practical advice, this book will benefit individuals looking to take charge of their careers at any stage. Agent: Curtis Yates, Yates & Yates. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 02/23/2015
Release date: 04/07/2015
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