When to Jump by Mike Lewis

When to Jump

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 ...

Details When to Jump

TitleWhen to Jump
Release DateJan 9th, 2018
PublisherHenry Holt and Co.
GenreBusiness, Self Help, Nonfiction

Reviews When to Jump

  • Kim
    won from librarything.comgot in mail today
  • Gina
    A collection of mini-bios about people who made major career changes. It doesn't really offer any practical advice aside from telling people to just do it.
  • Serendipity Marie
    Watching my niece's gymnastics competition - I use the term "competition" loosely considering I changed her diaper less than 3 years ago - I'm struck by the difference in the little girls' faces as they jump from the balance beam. They are all the same age. They all have had similar classes. Yet, there is a hesitation and almost fear on the faces of some, while others leap without much of a glance at the ground. I was reminded of these girls whil...
  • Sarah Nosworthy
    I struggle to know what my 'passion' is - but it was nice to see how many people moved from one career to another, and talked about how it worked (or didn't!).Sharing the concept of the book with a friend; and the author's 'passion' being squash, my friend was rather bemused. Understandably too, as it's hardly a profitable career path.
  • Dimitrios Mistriotis
    I kind of cheated here as I did not read the whole book but only the parts that interested me. Being currently in "jump-mode" I read only the introduction and the final "Don't look back" section. Second cheat is that I did not purchase the book but was given to me on a promotion tour by the speaker.The book has a pattern on what to do if you do not like your job and/or the career trajectory and how to move from there to where you want to be.This ...
  • Megan
    Some great stories and advice... and some that are pretty skip-worthy. Also, I had to power through the first part which was all about the author's life (it was a little too silver-spooned). I'm glad I stuck with it though and will be looking into some of the contributors' works.
  • Jo-Ann Duff (Duffy The Writer)
    There are lots of books out there which promise you your dream life, job and love if you follow the authors simple rules and it can all seem like a bit of a pipe dream. Mike Lewis has tapped into something a little bit different with When To Jump. Using his own experience of taking the leap from venture capitalist to professional squash player as inspiration, Lewis sought out other people who have made the leap.What I like about When To Jump, is ...
  • Syazwanie Winston abdullah
    I actually finished a non-fiction! But this did not feel much like any other self-help books I read. I felt like I was reading the chicken soup books. It was a pretty easy read with bite size chapters. I love the fact that the book were inserted with stories of people who jumped, be it successful or otherwise. It was also close to the heart as I had been thinking of making another jump. It resonated with me for all the past jumps I made too. And ...
  • Tina
    2.5 stars. I would say this book is pretty hit and miss. Some of the stories were interesting and inspiring, more of them were a little blah or general. I was kind of put off by the number of stories in here where the person started off in some kind of high finance job. One or two would've been fine, but I felt like there were too many, especially given that working in that environment probably gives you the types of savings/investment contacts t...
  • M. Abdul Ali
    Many self-help books show, bolster, and help you plan your life change. This book has a unique angle at providing evidence of people who have made the big jump. The the stories are great - from living the perfect career to not having a career at all and then jumping to something the subject felt a passion for. His examples are great.But I can't help, but comment at how the 'normal' person cannot relate to this. Some stories - like the art gallery...
  • Priya
    I heard Mike Lewis speak a few months ago and was interested enough in what he had to say to put the book on reserve. While his story is certainly laudable - and I appreciate those that he collected it wasn't quite what I needed. There are certainly a lot of good messages and suggestions, but they all felt like they were coming (despite the diversity of authors) from a place of privilege. I know Lewis says to wait until the time is right, and tha...
  • Bruce
    Lots of stories of people making jumps. The author's own story is a very small portion of the book.I didn't find the notes or steps that meaningful or useful to me. I think mostly this book will help inspire anyone that already knows what they want to jump to.Most of the stories are about 20 year olds making the jump in their 20s. Even the stories from older folks are tales of when they jumped at a younger age. Of the 40 or so stories, it felt li...
  • Corey
    Summary:This book is inspiring because it documents the stories and experiences of numerous people who took jumps towards entrepreneurial endeavours rather than saying in safe, secure jobs. Where it is lacking, is in actionable advice or a clear framework to help people on their way. There's plenty of value to be mined from the personal accounts the book runs through, but the title and the introduction had me primed to come out with a range of to...
  • Seri Qadijah
    Love the stories. I am at a crossroads myself, trying to decide on whether i can pursue and persevere in my current job or to do something else. To quit has always been at the back of my mind but i can never made the decision. always felt that i have no reason to jump. perhaps i didnt know what to do or how to do it.stumbling upon this book at such a critical period for me feels like a blessing in disguise. like a sign from above. i will take it ...
  • Adam
    A fantastically helpful book to read if you are indeed considering taking the plunge and quite reasonably have questions over whether you are doing the right thing. Filled with interesting stories of experiences that went well and not so well that help you to realise what feels like the biggest change of your life has been done many times before by many people. Whatever the outcome, this is essential reading before deciding When to Jump.
  • Kate
    I really liked this book and I’m sad it’s over. I don’t know what my jump is yet, but it was really inspiring. Listening to it was especially great because each person read their own story, which just made it all that much more impactful. I’d love a sequel with more peoples’ stories! I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who is still figuring out what they want to be when they grow up.
  • Sonja
    Extremely disappointing. It is a collection of stories from people who made successful jumps. There is a huge survivor bias. I can only recall one story out of many dozens where the jump failed. In addition, there is no guidance aside from the personal stories. I only gave it two stars because it is quite good light entertainment.
  • Maya
    I admit I only read half of this book... it’s highly readable in that it’s a collection of short stories about real people who jumped from one career to another. After a while, though, this became monotonous. I think it would have been more helpful to me if I was trying to build the courage to jump, but that’s not really the stage I’m at. Plus, not much practical advice inside.
  • Lisa
    I would rate this book 2.5 stars. I had such high expectations when I started, but it just fell flat. There was no inspiration like I expected, although I did enjoy some of the stories. The author was annoying, arrogant, and one of those guys who steps in crap and it turns to gold.
  • Melissa
    I learned of this book through an instagram account I follow. I really struggled to get through the book. I guess if you are looking for inspiration then it could be good but I felt like the ‘case studies’ could have been cut in half and the point would still be delivered.
  • Melissa
    If you haven't found a mentor yet to discuss your own jump ideas with, this book can fill the gap for now. It providers real stories of successes and failures with practical advise on how to move forward.
  • Michelle
    I was really disappointed by this one. The title is super deceiving considering what this really is: a collection of stories from people saying how they got their dream job. Call the book what it really is instead of the super false advertising it is currently called.
  • Ron
    It was a good read. There were lots of short descriptions of Jumps made by a good number of individuals, and what they learned along the way.Personally, I would have liked more details regarding the author's Jump. It sounds like it was interesting...Book #2, perhaps?
  • Kate
    The author is, unfortunately inaccessible to the average American. The sentiment is there and the stories from others were great but some of this really comes off as contrived. The idea of the "little voice" felt inauthentic as it weaved its way through the narrative. It felt overplayed.
  • Z Blair
    This book found its way to me by way of my local library. It was THE perfect book for me to read as I was in between jobs poised to jump myself. The personal stories of success and failure were informative and great to read.
  • Sanford Chee
    Talks at Googlehttps://youtu.be/WE7l0HZg1R0Don't look back if it fails. Another door opens.
  • Dave Herman
    This is an excellent collection of famous and not-so-famous people who made a huge career shift. Hearing these stories tremendously helped me plan my future!
  • Justin Jackman
    This was a very timely read for me. I am currently debating making a jump, and this book was filled with inspiring examples of people who made that jump.
  • Kristen
    Meh. Some of the stories are compelling but it’s just okay overall. If you want to make a change and need to feel inspired you might like it.
  • Anne
    It was so interesting to hear how a diverse assortment of people were living out their interests in creative manners. I found this inspiring and invigorating!