The Sleeper Must Awaken: Arise and Be a Quitter

“…a person needs new experiences.  They jar something deep inside, allowing him to grow.  Without change something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.” – Duke Leto Atreides of Caladan, in Dune by Frank Herbert

Quitter.  Say it with me, “Quit-ter”.  This is another word we hate; maybe not as much as “humility” but we still hate it.  It implies weakness, a lack of perseverance, loyalty, focus, and maybe even a micron of entitlement (i.e. “Luthor Syndrome“).  No one wants to be called a “Quitter “…until now.  “What?!  How can being a “Quitter” be a good thing?  Why the change in perception?  Did you go in for one of those paid psychology experiments that happen in college campuses?” someone might ask.  What changed my view of the concept was reading a book by Jon Acuff that, irony alert, is actually called Quitter.  In this book, Jon gets his faux-pride on and admits that he is likely better than the rest of us at two things: 1) Quitting his job and, 2) The Reverse Superman.  Acuff admits that he’s quit more jobs than most of us have ever had and that he’s really good at transforming himself from motivational super-dude to average guy in the confines of a bathroom stall after a weekend of traveling and speaking at a conference.  Apparently, this can be blamed as an unintended consequence of the lack of public telephone booths in America; at least that’s what I think…

The thesis of this book is simple: there IS a way for you to move beyond the day job that you currently have and into the dream job that you wish you had and it actually attainable.  Pretty strait forward, right?  Yes, but light-years from easy.  If the dream job was the center of the universe, where you are tends to be the planet that it’s farthest from; Quitter doesn’t shy away from that truth.  Luke Skywalker’s dream was to get off Tattooine;  he accomplished it but it was anything but easy.   Jon’s dream was to become an author and speaker; the same held true there.  I think much of it is about Quest, the journey of discovery (or in some cases rediscovery as Quitter points out).

The book addresses things like not jumping ship prematurely, falling in “like” with a job you don’t love, and the fact that “there will be hustle” if you want to achieve your dream.  It helps confront what your dream is and gives a general framework to work within.  It also has the unintended, or intended as the case may actually be, effect of looking at your dream and realizing “that’s no moon…”  To those who have them, the dreams tend to be that big.

To those who have a dream but are unsure where to start or what to do with it I recommend you give this book a read; I’ve read it twice since I bought it in March of this year and I NEVER read a book twice in one calendar year.  Not only that, but it’s a large part of why I am attending the Quitter Conference in Nashville, TN in a dew days; taking my first step into a larger world to awake the sleeper.

What lies asleep within you that must be woken up?

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About Aaron

Author, Speaker, and Super Nerd. Aaron Welty speaks and writes regularly connecting the dots of life, faith, and science fiction. Originally from Michigan, he now lives and works in the Washington, D.C. Metro area.

One Response to The Sleeper Must Awaken: Arise and Be a Quitter

  1. Andy

    I really wish I was going with you!

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