by Mike Lewis
Nearly five years ago, I sat in my office after work and sketched a cover page featuring stick figures and the words “When to Jump”. I didn’t necessarily want to write a book - I wouldn’t say I’m a particularly gifted writer - but I wanted to get the word out somehow, and a book seemed like the best way to do it. Moments earlier, I had reached out, cold, to a Wall Street banker-turned-cyclist. I had just read a story on her inside a magazine that just so happened to be sitting on my desk. Miraculously, my cold call was answered, and that’s when the cyclist told me the nitty gritty story around making a career 180° to chase a passion.
That’s when it hit me: we should all be hearing these types of stories. A book could help share them, and so could social media, in-person meetups, and...yes, a blog.
I live under one guiding principal: what would you regret not doing? That’s what led me to leave a desk job to try out a dream around the world, it’s what led me to start a Dropbox folder of Jump stories and pass them around for a few years, and it’s what led me to throwing every ounce of effort and energy in a meeting with my now-literary agent to explain why the world needed this book.
And when, eight months after that wild pitch, my agent called me up to tell me we had a book deal - a real, true, legitimate book deal with one of the biggest publishers in the world - she told me one other thing before hanging up: most people don’t get to write a book. And those lucky few who do, usually don’t get to write a second one. So. Make. This. Count.
Fast forward another 15 months and here we are today. The manuscript for When to Jump: If the Job You Have Isn’t The Life You Want is nearly done, the cover is polished, pre-orders are open...the publishing houses engines are warming up.
So at this point, I want to put it all out there. I want to open up more to our community, and share everything from random ruminations to tiny tidbits and interesting articles. I’ll share a bit about the book process, but also cover updates from our broader platform - like our latest Jump Club, our upcoming Jump Ambassador Program, and of course some of our member photo features and blog posts sharing their Jumps. So, starting today through book launch, I’m going to keep thoughts and posts right here. Short and sweet, a paragraph or two, maybe more. For the next few months, I’ll do my best to lay out my random thoughts, fears, goals, and ideas.
I hope you follow along, and tell me your ideas and thoughts as we go along.
And if no one reads this, the book flops and I move back onto a couch? At least I won’t regret not trying.
When to Jump™ is a community dedicated to exploring the fundamental question we all think about: when is the right time to go do what you really want to be doing?