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When to Jump


In the business world, there is always an element of change at work in our lives.  As your career progresses it’s possible to find yourself with a completely different set of priorities or a new outlook on your situation.  It may be time to try something completely new.  As scary as that next step may be, you don’t have to rush yourself.  After reading the book When to Jump, you’ll understand why.

When to Jump

Author and CEO Mike Lewis is a former venture capitalist who left his job at twenty-four to become a professional squash player.  He wrote this book to share his own experience of making the switch from one field to another, as well as examples of others who have made major life changes to follow their dreams.  

Whether you’d benefit from a curated collection of success stories or inspiration for making a mid-career “jump” of your own, this book is essential reading.  There’s the common saying, “You can’t change horses midstream,” but the principles in When to Jump prove it’s possible if you take the time to prepare and train yourself to be ready for that change. 

Here is the summary on Amazon

“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.”

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Posted by Mark Jewell