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Jump Ship

Jump Ship

Ditch Your Dead-End Job and Turn Your Passion into a Profession

Josh Shipp

St. Martin's Press




We've always been told "winners never quit," but TV personality and motivational speaker Josh Shipp knows it isn't true. Smart people quit the right things at the right time. But how do you know if you're in the wrong career? What is the right thing for you? And when's the best time to jump ship?

Jump Ship is a step-by-step guide through one of life's most difficult—and most important—transitions. Leaving behind an unsatisfying job and embarking upon a new career can open up a world of fulfillment, but it isn't easy. As a role model and mentor to tens of thousands of young professionals, Shipp has seen the impact that a new career can have on a person's life. In Jump Ship, he offers you the time-tested tools to get there. This book will help you discover your truest priorities and provide you the resources you need to succeed, drawing inspiration from the countless people whose lives he has improved.
Filled with powerful stories and practical guidance, this is a book designed to help you face down your fears—and take the plunge.


PART ONE: Before the Jump

It's Time for a Change
Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance.—STEVEN PRESSFIELD
If you're reading this, I'm going...


Praise for Jump Ship

“A smart and honest freight train of a book, one that's as witty and approachable as it is pragmatic.” —Chicago Tribune

“I am so tired of books that overpromise and underdeliver. Josh cares enough to tell you the truth about life and work. Plus he gives you strategies that actually produce results. That's why I LOVE this book. You'll get the unvarnished truth on what you need to make your dreams a reality.” —Mark Sanborn, New York Times bestselling author of The Fred Factor and You Don't Need a Title to Be a Leader

“If Josh Shipp has an obvious super power, it's this: connecting with people on what really matters, while pushing away all the fluff and distracting stuff that doesn't matter. Jump Ship is a great read, and important for this generation.” —Chris Brogan, New York Times bestselling author of The Impact Equation and Trust Agents

“Too many people walk away from their dream, swayed by those who say it's not possible. If you're one of those normal people, you'll hate this book. Using ‘uncommon' sense, humor, and profound insights, Josh shares how he went right straight toward his dream and how you can do the same.” —Dan Miller, bestselling author of 48 Days to the Work You Love

“When it comes to understanding the minds of young adults, there is no greater expert than Josh Shipp. I've witnessed firsthand the connections he's made and the lives he's transformed. With Jump Ship, he applies his one-of-a-kind talents to helping those who feel stuck at a dead-end. The book he has produced is a masterpiece of intelligence and acute insight. A must-read for anyone entering the workplace or looking to find their place within it.” —Ellen Rakieten, Emmy Award-Winning Producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show

“Josh is one of the most insightful, generous and inspiring people that I know. With his unconventional and clever programs, he has helped many teens and families improve their lives in profound ways. Jump Ship will help YOU figure out two BIG things: who YOU truly are and what YOU really want in life. Jump Ship will be a life-changing catalyst for readers!” —Kevin Carroll, bestselling author of the Rules of the Red Rubber Ball

“Shipp is a genius at diagnosing and correcting a life that's gone off course. Jump Ship will show you that success is not a destination, but in fact a direction. Forward!” —Tim Sanders, author Love Is the Killer App: How To Win Business & Influence Friends

Jump Ship delivers an unconventional and much-needed approach to discovering what's possible for your future. This book is not for the weak, but for the moment when you are ready to jump into life.” —Jason Dorsey, bestselling author of My Reality Check Bounced!

“This book shows you how to take a stock of yourself and then focus your insights onto the ideal job for you. The key to lifelong success!” —Brian Tracy, author of Earn What You're Really Worth

Jump Ship is a perfectly succinct book that offers authoritative guidance for job seekers--or for anyone whose life needs a shot in the arm.” —Scott Gerber, author of Never Get a "Real" Job, founder of the Young Entrepreneur Council, and columnist for Inc. and Time

“No amount of money can take the place of a job that makes your heart leap. Jump Ship is not just about steering you toward success (although it does that too), but about finding fulfillment and joy in achieving personal and professional goals.” —Jeremy Kingsley, author of Inspired People Produce Results

“You've got to Jump Ship to Josh Shipp! He's written a fun and informative job guide to inspire us to live out our full potential. Passion and purpose--your career and your life--aren't two separate paths. They are the central principles to live a life that matters. Jump Ship is a must read!” —Mark C. Thompson, New York Times bestselling author of Admired and Now, Build a Great Business, CEO of Virgin Unite Mentors, and Tony-winning Broadway producer

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About the author

Josh Shipp

JOSH SHIPP is the host of Jump Shipp, a documentary TV series offering individuals a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live out their dreams. He's an award-winning entrepreneur named to Inc. Magazine's "30 Under 30" list and is the founder of Youth Speaker University. He has contributed to MTV, CNN, 20/20, Good Morning America, The New York Times, and

Josh Shipp

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