Jon Acuff on Regrets

“Regret that you didn’t start your thing earlier is a great distraction from starting it now. Those years are gone. Leave them where they fell and grab today with all your might. Mourning what could have been always steals the joy from what is.”

@jonacuff on Twitter

Hey – it’s been a month or so since I’ve made a Jon Acuff quote so here we go! 

I’ve had this tweet in my screenshot folder for a while and it definitely has an Ecclesiastes 11:4 vibe to it:

“Whoever watches the wind will not plant.”

I like how explicit Jon is in the quote here – he could have said “that time is gone” or “those days are gone” but he said “those *years* are gone.” I know I’ve spent time beating myself up for the actions my younger self took. Years not days have been spent mourning and what a waste it truly is. I appreciate the call that I can work on “my thing” today and leave all those other years in the past. 

We can watch the wind forever but if we don’t plant we never reap.

Do Over by Jon Acuff

I know, there’s a lot going on today. I keep things pretty apolitical here because I really feel like that ground is covered well by many other people who are way more passionate about these things than I am. If you’re in the U.S. – go vote.

What I do want to convey today is a framework. I’ve sketched @jonacuff ’s latest book “Finish” earlier this year (if you scroll down it’s in that time period when I was setting all my images against wood) and I think I might go backward through his catalog and sketch them all because it’s an overall great message with a great thread. Today I sketched his book “Do Over” and in there he lays out the formula to make things happen in your life. Jon puts this in the realm of your career but if you really want any kind of meaningful change this would definitely be a great place to start. It’s:

(Relationships + Skills + Character) X Hustle

I’m not going to paraphrase the entire book but if you make investments in each of these area’s it’ll assist you in trying to see the change you want to happen in your life.

Want to get a better job?

Build relationships
Develop skills
Demonstrate Character
Display Hustle

Want to increase your instagram following?

Build relationships
Develop skills
Demonstrate Character
Display Hustle

Want to change the world through politics?

Build relationships
Develop skills
Demonstrate Character
Display Hustle

See what I mean? These are all areas that you can personally invest in and will see a positive result on the other side.

This book is great, it’s funny, and the lessons are instantly actionable. There’s a lot of talk of queso and nachos. Is it weird to have queso for breakfast? No it’s not weird at all. Read this book, eat queso. 🙌

Finish by Jon Acuff

Here’s a visual summary of the book Finish by @jonacuff ! If you struggle with perfectionism, pick up this book. It’ll read your mind, it’ll give you real tactics to deal with your perfectionistic tendencies, and it’ll make you laugh because there are some ridiculous analogies in there. Seriously; so good!