This Thursday, I’m going to announce something new. Something I’m excited about and nervous about. And before I tell you what it is, I want to tell you where it came from. There’s a story behind this new idea I’d love you to hear.
Last December, when I was writing my new book Quitter, I posted a message about it on Stuff Christians Like. I asked people to email me if they had an “I’m a _________, but want to be a _______,” story. More than 600 people emailed me.
The stories were amazing, ranging from incredibly beautiful and full of hope about what could be done in the future to incredibly sad and full of regret about what had been lost in the past.
I emailed those 600 people and asked them to share a little more of their story. 345 of them did. Out of those 345, we picked 100 people to receive the full manuscript of Quitter before it came out. We called the group the “Quitter 100” and printed their names in the back of the book. (Everyone else was given the first chapter before it was released.)
The Quitter 100 provided really valuable feedback via email and an online form. Then we had two conference calls. The calls were unbelievable. They asked a wild variety of questions:
“When will your wife write a book already?”
“I’m a stay at home mom, how do I apply the Quitter principles?”
“I work at a church, how can we use the book as a small group study?”
The questions were all over the board, but there was one consistent theme, “What’s next?”
There was a great sense that there needed to be a what’s next, another layer to the conversation, another step along the path toward closing the gap between your day job and your dream job. And during the book tour, that question kept coming up. I talked to everyone from plumbers to CEOs of massive companies and the result was the same.
On Thursday, I’ll answer the question.
Not because I’m creative and brainstormed on a whiteboard, but because you asked the question. And the chance to answer that question in a way that helps people discover who they’re meant to be and learn how to live out of that is a powerfully fun adventure I think we’re all about to go on.
On Thursday, you’ll see what’s next.