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Author, latest, Do Over (2015)


Wrote a blog called “Stuff Christians Like”

Worked for some of the biggest brands in the world including Home Depot, Bose, Staples and the Dave Ramsey team

Considered a social media expert with over 250,000 followers on Twitter, 96,000 likes on Facebook, and 47,000 followers on Instagram

Graduated from Samford University with journalism degree

Married to Jenny

Two children             



Guest Bio

Jon Acuff’s Formula for a Do-Over


After graduating from college, Jon spent sixteen years traveling through corporate America writing advertising for the Home Depot, branding for Bose and marketing for Staples. Jon shares, “I was laid off from one start-up, fired from another, ran my own into the ground and then found and left my dream job. Along the way, I learned one lesson about work: you control more than you think…work is not the enemy…work can be wonderful if we rescue Monday. If we dare to reinvent it. If we refuse to get stuck.”

After leaving his last job, Jon says within 24 hours, 100 different friends had reached out to him and within a week, he had a team helping him build a new blog. Within a month he had new writing projects lined up. Why? He says, because for five years he had been making deposits into his tool kit he calls his Career Savings Account (CSA). His formula to explain a CSA is Relationships + Skills + Character x Hustle = CSA. He says we all have these four elements to one degree or another, but we must learn how to amplify them and apply them in a new way in order to create a CSA.


People are taught to work jobs, not build careers. In a 2013 Gallup survey, 70 percent of Americans said they hated their jobs or felt disengaged. As a culture we’ve bought into the lie that work has to be miserable. Instead of trying to avoid career transitions Jon says we should embrace them because every one of us will experience career transitions. The solution is for each of us to build a CSA so that when you experience a transition you combine things you already understand, like relationships and skills, and amplify them. There are four different career transitions:


Jon did his own “Career Jump” when he left the Dave Ramsey team, the Lampo Group, in 2013. Lampo produces Dave Ramsey’s radio show, publishes training materials, and hosts live events. Lampo released Jon’s book Quitter in 2011 and his next book Start in 2013, reaching The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times bestseller lists. Although working for the Dave Ramsey team was a great opportunity that fast forwarded his career, Jon knew it was time to leave after three years with the company. He says there was no instance of “moral failure” on his part, no rift with Ramsey, nor a bigger, better opportunity waiting. “Every career goes through a do-over, and a do-over isn’t a bad thing. I believe we are wired for resets,” shares Jon. Over the last eighteen months Jon says, “I am shocked at how God has taught me to rely on Him.”

Jon grew up in a Christian family. His dad was a Southern Baptist pastor. In the 1980s, his dad started a church in Massachusetts– it was an adventurous thing to do at the time – that is from where Jon got his entrepreneurial spirit. Jon says he really connected with God in a personal way in his twenties. Today he knows his identity is in Christ and recognizes that He is his greatest hope. 

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