Top leadership quotes from the book Do Over by Jon Cuff.
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Seth Godin calls it the best career book ever written. I call it one of the top 10 most useful books ever.
Do Over by Jon Acuff offers wise advice for navigating life and the workplace. If you dream of a better job, this book will help you get there. I recommend it for those about to graduate and anyone who works. Jon’s timeless wisdom and wonderful sense of humor make this a book to be both kept and shared.
Below are the top quotes from Do Over.
TOP 10 LEADERSHIP QUOTES FROM DO OVER
#10. Relationships get you the first gig, skills get you the second.
#9. Learning a new skill can reveal a new dream.
#8. Employees who add value end up being invaluable.
#7. The words “easy” and “adventure” very rarely travel together.
#6. Difficult moments clear the herd.
5. I can’t predict the future, but I can change the present.
#4. Skills get sharp slowly and dull quickly.
#3. Generosity breeds loyalty.
#2. Great lives are very rarely created in great comfort.
#1. People who can’t be questioned often end up doing questionable things.
BONUS LEADERSHIP QUOTES
Busyness is not the same thing as hustle.
The distance between comfortable and comatose is surprisingly short.
As a culture we collectively bought into the lie that work has to be miserable.
We live for the weekends because we’ve accepted that the weekdays are where dreams go to die.
We are (incorrectly) taught to work jobs, not build careers.
Fear is not a dragon to be slain once, it is an ocean to be swum daily.
A better job begins with building a better you.
Misery loves company, but company often multiplies your misery.
Careers are only difficult because they are constantly changing and we are not.
Don’t listen to feelings. Make choices.
It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and your drift in that direction. – Warren Buffett
We can’t help but use our imaginations in a negative way when we start with a negative question.
There are a million ways to get stuck in a career, but every version shares one thing: a suspension of creativity.
We like foes for one simple reason: they confirm the fears we have inside.
Sometimes, people who hate on your dream aren’t really mad about your dream. They’re mad because you’re making them jealous.
Do you know what every bad boss is really saying? “I dare you to get a better job!” Take them up on the dare.
If we ever investigated the lives of anyone successful we’d realize they never accomplished what they have all alone.
Want your friendships to grow a little stronger? Increase the frequency of your interactions.
It’s one of my theories that when people give you advice, they are really just talking to themselves in the past. – Steve Garguilo
Great people surround themselves with greater people who challenge and stretch them.
It is seldom that one parts on good terms, because if one were on good terms one would not part. – Marcel Proust
Your industry is smaller than you think. Treat everyone you work with (or for) like you will work with them again someday.
Leave jobs with one finger raised high: your thumb.
Few things draw real friends like a crisis.
Easy times don’t test the strength of a relationship any more then calm seas test the strength of a boat.
Everybody wants to be somebody: nobody wants to grow. – Van Goethe
Future results are enjoyable to talk about. Present efforts are not.
There are plenty of important skills hidden inside our fears. Great passions usually come with great fears.
Most ideas are elusive. They don’t walk into our heads and announce themselves; we have to capture them.
Show up on time. It is the basis of everything. – Anthony Bourdain
When you have a bad attitude it flavors every part of your performance.
We, not our company, are responsible for our attitudes.
Attitude is a skill. It can be changed.
If you want a better job, start with a better attitude. If you want a new job, start with a new attitude.
Get obsessed about the quality of your work, not the quality of your title.
Passion is often found in the crucible of work. Sometimes you have to get your hands dirty before you can know what your passion is.
Learning something new always leads somewhere new.
We work best when as much of what we are doing can be delegated to the unconscious mind as possible. – Heidi Grant
The world is moving quickly, but so can we. Put some skills on autopilot and some skills on fighter pilot.
The father of every good work is discontent, and it’s mother is diligence. – Lajos Kassak
I can’t tell you if in 10 years I will have written five more books. But I can tell you that this year I will write one.
A talent is formed in stillness, a character in the world’s torrent. – Von Goethe
Everything is personal, especially work. The more we believe it’s just business, the easier it gets to do some fairly dastardly things.
Character traits are contagious. Character goes viral.
The future is purchased by the present. – Dr. Samuel Johnson
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. – Old saying
We tend to remember the knives in our back easier than the pats on our back.
The weeds we see in others are often the weeds we’ve been ignoring in our own lives.
Service is renewing. When we serve, the work itself will sustain us. – Rachel Remen
Grit is stubbornness in the face of fear.
More character leads to more friends.
Generosity is always cheaper then greed.
There are a few things in the world that will change someone’s opinion of you as quickly as your generosity.
Your willingness to be open handed with people in the course of your career will pay you dividends for years and years and years.
When you hope to do business with someone again, leave a little on the table. – Roy Williams
Make your definition of generosity bigger by being generous with your skills and time, not just your money.
It is well to remember that the entire population of the universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others. – John Holmes
Empathy = Understanding someone else’s needs and acting on them.
In the context of career, empathy opens a thousand doors because it allows you to work with just about anyone.
Care about what the people you care about care about.
If you really work to get ahead, there are three things you need to manage – your phone, your computer and your meetings.
The Internet is only going to get bigger and more interesting with more things to do that don’t move us forward in our careers.
Music is in the piano only when it is played. – Jack Gilbert
The best thing to give a foe is distance. We should ignore most foes.
Making sure you enjoy work isn’t your company’s job. It’s your job.
You need character the most when you decide to chase a dream.
Grit is a choice, not a feeling.
The amateur believes he must first overcome his fear; then he can do his work. The professional knows that fear can never be overcome. – Stephen Pressfield
The only thing more exhausting than chasing a dream is running away from one.
Instead of saying, “I don’t have what it takes,” say, “I have what it takes to try.”
The fear of missing out is one of the deadliest lies we listen to.
The picture of having your entire life changed in the course of one unexpected, outrageous experience sure beats actually working hard.
Be aware of the temptation to apply the once–in–a–lifetime label to every opportunity you face.
Regret has a much longer shelf life then fear. Will you face the fear of today or the regret of forever?
Lean on your relationships. Some of the worst decisions are made alone.
Every bad decision I’ve ever made has one thing in common: I thought it was a good decision at the time.
Give yourself permission to make the wrong decision, because guess what? You’re going to.
Fear and frustration are coming. They are a consequence of actually doing something meaningful with your career.
In order to do more of what you are capable of you will have to do less of what you have been doing.
Life is dreamed in big leaps and revealed in small steps.
You’ve got a one hundred percent success rate of failing if you don’t try.
We love to idealize our past when our present doesn’t meet our expectations.
Postponing fun is a bad plan.
Fun for fun’s sake is one of the best ways to prevent yourself from getting stuck.
Business travel is only fun if you’ve never done it.
Let no one be deluded that a knowledge of the path can substitute for putting one foot in front of the other. – Mary Richards
The sad truth about decisions: not making one is often the biggest decision you can make.
The beauty of hustle is that it helps you turn a small opportunity into a slightly bigger opportunity.
If we want our jobs to change, we have to change first.
Reinventing your work isn’t an event, it’s a lifestyle.
MORE ABOUT DO OVER BY JON ACUFF
Do Over book preview from Jon Acuff.
Do Over message by Jon Acuff (from Crosspoint Church).
Do Over keynote address from Jon Acuff.
Tweekend keynote speech by Jon Acuff.