Punch Fear In The Face

18 Apr


Two years ago, I had a broadcasting degree from Northwestern College, more than $100,000 in loan debt, and a promising career… and when I say career, I mean that I had multiple part time jobs: I was a waiter at Olive Garden, a school bus driver, and a wedding DJ.

I hated my life.

Why was I complaining that I had three jobs in an economy as terrible as we have? Because I wasn’t called to be any of those things and I knew it. God had called me to be a radio DJ, and every minute I spent elsewhere, it became harder and harder to keep from screaming. Now before you misunderstand me, I wasn’t worshiping career or making it an idol (at least I wasn’t trying to), but it broke my heart because I knew that I was wasting my life, my education, and my potential.

I knew where I needed to be, but I didn’t know how to get there until I ran across a book called Quitter by Jon Acuff. I got inspired, I started to dream, I came up with a plan…

And then I started to hustle.

I quit the serving job at Olive Garden that I had been at for four years and I started committing as much time as much time as I possibly could to working at a local station. I put in over 30 hours a week working in various departments for free. I got paid zilch. I didn’t even get college credit or anything because I had already graduated.

I busted my rump for 5 months, and when I left, I had new skills, contacts, experiences, and most importantly: a shiny new entry on my resume that featured one of the top stations in the area. From there I got in at a smaller station working part time (I got paid at that station!) and a few months after that, I landed a full-time job at a station that I absolutely love (I’ll be celebrating one year at 104.3 The Pulse on May 7th). I’m doing what I’m passionate about, and largely that is because I swift kick in the butt when I needed it from Jon Acuff.

If you aren’t where you want to be in your life and career, can I make 3 suggestions? Don’t worry, the first two are completely painless and the third is totally worth the investment of a few bucks…

1. Visit Noisetrade and pick up up Jon Acuff’s Quitter audiobook. It is totally free and it will blow your mind. I promise. It is only downloadable for a few more days, but it is totally brilliant (also, consider leaving a tip for the download– Jon is donating all the tips to Charity:Water, an incredible non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations). Click  here to check out my conversation with Jon about the book.

2. Visit No More Voices and start shutting up fear. According to the site,

“Do you know what fear and doubt fear? Community. One of fear and doubt’s chief aims is to make you feel alone. Like you’re the only one who feels a certain way. Fear wants to isolate you and put you on an island. Well, you’re not alone—tons of people feel the same way. That’s what this site is about. Share your voices, and together we can beat them to the ground.

3. Pick up Jon Acuff’s Start. The tagline of the book pretty much sums up the message of the book: “Punch fear in the face. Escape average. Do work that matters. Start.” The book doesn’t come out till the 22nd of April, but if you pre-order it by midnight on the 21st, you get a whole host of extra goodies including audo/video content from Jon’s seminars and an e-book version of Start.

Allow me to reassure you of something: I don’t get a percentage of any book sales of Start. The reason I am making such a big deal about it is that I know that the book is right on and I know that it will be a huge encouragement to people as they pursue the callings that God has placed on their life. The very fact that you are reading this is evidence of the book’s insight: I have been passionate about manhood for a long time and have dreamed of building a digital community centered around it for more than a year now, but it wasn’t till after experiencing the video of Start Night that I finally felt the courage to create More Than A Beard. I’ve never had a blog before and I had no idea what I was doing (I still don’t… bear with me as I iron out the bugs and figure out some kind of equilibrium), but I pulled the trigger and started.

You can too. Seriously. Do it. Make it happen.

They are the voices of fear and doubt, and they are governed by a simple truth: they only get loud when you do work that matters. Want to stay on the road to average? Want to rock vanilla right to the grave? Okay, fear and doubt will leave you alone. However, with the very first step you take on the road of awesome, fear and doubt stir from their slumber. The minute the purpose door creaks on its hinges and you push it open, the pointy ears of fear and doubt perk up. Continue on the road to awesome, and fear and doubt begin whispering lies and confusing statements meant to get you back on the average, safe path.    

-Jon Acuff, Start

Start by Jon Acuff

-Dave Wonders

Yes, “David Wonders” is his real name. Dave is  a husband, a father, and the midday host at 104.3 The Pulse (thepulse.mn). Somehow he finds time to read absurd numbers of books.  Connect with Dave on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn, and Klout.

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One Response to “Punch Fear In The Face”


  1. My 10 Favorite Non-Fiction Reads of 2013 (So Far) | More Than A Beard - June 30, 2013

    […] Not only will this book inspire you to fight the fears in your head that are holding you back from your full potential, but it will give you the necessary kick in the pants to go after your dreams. This is an immensely practical book that has a message for everyone, regardless of your age or your career path. I couldn’t read it fast enough, and I found myself highlighting many, many passages. For a more extensive look at this book and my interview with Jon, click here. […]

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