Have you heard of Jon Acuff? You should probably know a little more about him before I tell you 1. what he taught me at 3am and 2. why the heck I was with him at that insane hour.
I first heard of Jon at Blissdom ’12. He inspired me so much during his opening keynote that I wrote about him. Right when I decided to take a leap and leave my job as a middle school speech therapist, he was talking about his new book Quitter. Quitter is about making the decision to leave your day job and focus on your dream job. The timing was perfect.
This year at Blissdom, Jon was talking about his book START. Again, the timing was perfect. START is about the two paths you have in life: average and awesome. It’s about punching fear in the face. It’s about escaping average and about doing work that matters. You can see more here:
One of Jon’s beliefs is that it’s best to work on your dream at 5am–before life gets in the way. It’s easy to push off working on your dreams later in the day. You’re too tired, something comes up or there’s not enough time. Get up and at it at 5am and you have time to work on your dream before your day starts–and really, is there a better way to start your day than working on your dream?
THIS, my friends, is how I wrote my book.
Back in his Nashville home, Jon holds monthly meetings at 5am. It is called “5 Club.” Love Jon? Need inspiration? He’ll give it to you at that magic hour.
I attended a 5 Club when I attended Blissdom in March. I walked out with 7 pages of notes from that hour. Jon does a great job of pointing out things that we all know but haven’t put into words. When he puts these ideas into words, they stick.
5am Dallas time = 3am Tucson time. It. was. early.
Yes, I woke up at 2:30 Tucson time to get to Jon’s 5 Club and it was totally worth it.
What I Learned From Jon Acuff at 3 a.m.
1. Inspiration without instruction is useless.
2. The calendar is always moving forward.
3. Friends before favors. Don’t make the first thing you ask someone a request.
4. Be deliberate.
5. Always keep the promises you make. It’s better to do more as a surprise than to do less because you promised too much.
6. Give friends and family the grace to not understand your dream.
7. Write down every idea you have, it doesn’t have to be developed. Write now = be awesome later.
8. Make war against distraction.
9. Match high energy time to high energy tasks. What do you use the most energy on? Schedule that first thing in the morning. Save low energy tasks for the end of the day.
10. Ready is a myth.
11. Never compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.
12. Fear is a liar. Fear only gets loud when you do things that matter.
13. Joy is contagious.
Jon Acuff has put together an experiment–a START experient. He gathered 2,000 people together and separated them into groups of 24. In those groups of 24, people are paired up with a partner. For 24 days, everyone works on a dream.
Today is the first day.
I’ve got my Five Club app. I’ve got a draft of my ebook (in progress) on my computer.
And I’ve got an army behind me.
24 days until my book is ready for editing. I’m STARTing!