Jon Acuff had eight jobs in eight years, constantly hoping the next one would be different. From writing advertising for The Home Depot to branding for companies like Bose and Staples, he spent considerable time in the cubicle.
Then he asked, what if? Those two small words fueled the start of a great new career for this best-selling author who visits Northeast State Community College on Nov. 13 at 10:45 a.m. in the WRCPA Theater on the main campus at Blountville for a free lecture for students and business professionals alike.
In 2010, he closed the gap between his day job and his dream job when he joined the Dave Ramsey team to become a full-time author. Acuff authored the Wall Street Journal best-selling book Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job. He also authored Stuff Christians Like and Gazelles, Baby Steps and 37 Other Things Dave Ramsey Taught Me About Debt. He’s also an experienced speaker and the creator of www.StuffChristiansLike.net., a blog read by more than 2 million people in 97 percent of the countries in the world. He is also a regular contributor to many media outlets including cnn.com.
And it all started with two words: What if? What if you took a dozen years of branding expertise and combined it with a visionary approach to social media? What if you could raise $30,000 in 18 hours to build a kindergarten in Vietnam? What if you took everything you learned from the brand giants and applied it to leadership?
Acuff has spent the last three years exploring what it means to take ideas to unexpected places. Touring the country as a sought-after speaker, he’s worked with everyone from dairy farmers to CEOs of billion-dollar companies to turn ideas into action. Called “hilarious and insightful” by Group, Acuff brings a wealth of ideas to share with individuals and companies of all sizes. With conference keynotes throughout the year and one of the most popular blogs in the world, he’s just getting started.
Born in Durham, N.C. and raised in Boston he now resides in Franklin, Tenn., with his wife, Jenny and two beautiful young daughters. For more information contact, 423.354.2474 or keglover@NortheastState.edu.