Jon Acuff tried to tell me in Quitter not to quit. I laughed.  He tried to tell me to practice my dream and use my day job as a platform for my dream job. I laughed.

Jon Acuff Quitter Book

How about I just skip to the part where I do my dream job? How about I just do what I want, when I want?

(Insert annoying, nasally, childish whine here)

Who cares if my family gets to eat or if we can’t pay our bills? I’d live in a cardboard box, wearing the same clothes day after day to chase my dream. If they aren’t willing to come along with me, it’s their loss.

Then it hit me…

Jon Acuff was right. Curse him.

(NOTE: Originally this was a guest post on Jon’s blog, but after he left Dave Ramsey’s, some of his content was lost forever, so here it is continued right here)

I was writing a newsletter for a client and realized that I loved what I was doing. I was having a blast. And I got paid to do it.

I was only minutes away from doing work that I didn’t love, but in that moment I was being paid to do what I love.

I was writing.

I was encouraging.

I was having fun doing it.

And my family gets to eat. That’s a sweet deal if you ask me.

I was also unconsciously using my day job as a platform for my dream job. In my day job, I get to write…a lot. I get to encourage others to achieve goals they never thought possible. And I get to meet a lot of great people.

Every day I interact with thirty or more people on a one-on-one basis through one client. I communicate with more than ten thousand people weekly for another. That is quite the platform.

My day job has truly become a “platform to spring from, not a prison to escape from.”

There is no need to be a quitter yet. There will be one day. One day, it will be the right time to do my dream job…and only my dream job.

One day it will be your time too. Your dream is waiting. It’s not going anywhere. It will be there when it’s time. And you won’t have to live in a cardboard box or eat freshly caught pigeon.

Society glorifies the ones who “give up everything” to chase their dreams. But part of that “everything” might just be what you need to achieve your dreams.

Your day job could be your biggest asset. Your trainer, coach, and bank all rolled into one.

Use it wisely.

14 thoughts on “My Quitter Story | Jon Acuff was Right

  1. Tammy Helfrich says:

    Congrats! Great post, Matt.

  2. Mark Sieverkropp says:

    Have you made the big time now??? Does this mean you won’t talk to us “little people” anymore? haha. Or is that rule just for me?
    Excited for you my friend, what a great opportunity!!
    I’ll scoot on over to Jon’s blog and comment there!

    1. Matt McWilliams says:

      I talk to you more than anybody…love it.

      1. Mark Sieverkropp says:

        Are you considering flinging insults as “talking”. Cuz that’s the only way 😉

  3. brentmkelly says:

    Great post. I followed you over here from Job’s site. Great insight as I often want to skip straight to my dream job, and often underestimate the relationships and platform my day job provides. Thanks.

    1. Mark Sieverkropp says:

      Brent! Welcome! Hope you’ll keep visiting Matt’s site. He has awesome content and we get some great, enlightening discussions going here in the comments too!

    2. Jon Stolpe says:

      Brent, You should definitely stick around here. Matt writes great leadership material every day.

      1. Mark Sieverkropp says:

        Now now Jon don’t mislead Brent. He doesn’t write great material EVERY day. Somedays Jon guest posts and provides the great material!

      2. Jon Stolpe says:

        Good point. Matt POSTS great leadership material EVERY day (and while Matt writes most of the material, there are occasionally good posts written by other people like Mark Sieverkropp)!

    3. Matt McWilliams says:

      Thanks Brent!

      @marksieverkropp:disqus points out a good idea I never really thought of in his comment on Jon’s blog. There actually might be a progression.

      Job you hate >>
      Job you hate plus a little dream job on the side>>
      Job you hate less + dream job on the side>>
      Job you like but it’s not your dream + more dream job>>
      Dream job

      Thanks for stopping by. Keep coming back. 🙂

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