When to Jump: If the Job You Have Isn't the Life You Want (Paperback)
“A lively and inspiring guidebook for anyone who wants to make the jump from normal to extraordinary.”
—Tony Robbins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Unshakeable and MONEY: Master the Game
An inspirational book that lays out the “Jump Curve”—four steps to wholeheartedly pursuing the career of your dreams—through experiences from a variety of people who have jumped and never looked back
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.
About the Author
Mike Lewis worked at Bain Capital before chasing his dream of playing professional squash. He is the founder and CEO of When to Jump, a global community of people who have left one path to pursue a very different one. When to Jump has reached millions through media impressions, in-person events, and brand collaborations. When to Jump, a collection of case studies with clear guidance on how and when to jump, is Mike's first book. He received his BA from Dartmouth College and lives in San Francisco.
“Whether you’re burned out, in a rut, or just feel that you want something else, Mike Lewis’s When to Jump is the book for you. With more than forty stories of people who decided to make a major change, this book offers the inspiration as well as a practical and simple framework to help you make your own jump. A must read for anyone seeking to not only succeed but thrive.”
—Arianna Huffington, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Thrive and The Sleep Revolution
"I got a little choked up. . . . Take that, Bozo Guidance Counselor."
—Judith Newman, The New York Times Book Review
“The perfect guidebook for those who are only tentatively dipping their toe into the entrepreneurial world. . . . An inspiring and useful read which will hopefully convince you to take the plunge!”
—The Independent (UK)
“The most successful start-ups are often defined by one or two key decisions that massively accelerate their growth and value. The same is true for individual careers. This wise and engaging book will inspire you to go farther, faster, by showing you how to take intelligent risks at exactly the right moment. Read it before you leap!”
—Reid Hoffman, cofounder of LinkedIn and coauthor of the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Alliance and The Start-up of You
"[When to Jump] offers enough wisdom that readers will return to these stories even after making their own jump."
"An easy reading book of supportive encouragement to follow one's dreams."
“With When to Jump, Mike Lewis has written a captivating must-read for anyone aching to pursue a long-held dream. At once inspiring and practical, this book is packed with instructional stories from those who've done it. Yes, it's terrifying to make a big leap, but this book is an outstretched hand. Go for it! (But not before reading When to Jump!)”
—Julie Lythcott-Haims, New York Times bestselling author of How to Raise an Adult and Real American