60: Punching Fear in the Face and Escaping Average, with Jon Acuff

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Through his best-selling books, Jon Acuff may be one of the most prominent advocates for the side hustle “brand” of entrepreneurship.

Jon’s a sought-after author, speaker, and consultant, with a share of side hustle stories to tell. While some flopped, one was almost an overnight success: his Stuff Christians Like blog. We talk about all that and more during our call.

I’m grateful to have been connected to Jon through Bryan Orr, a fellow entrepreneur who I actually met on Fiverr.

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  • How employees can begin to build their skills and business on the side.
  • Why employers are starting to value workers who hustle.
  • Why Jon says his popular blog “was a complete ripoff,” and how it started as a side hustle.
  • The indirect monetization strategies of Stuff Christians Like.
  • How to know when to give up and try something else.
  • How Jon defines “average” and how listeners can learn to escape it.
  • Jon’s #1 tip for Side Hustle Nation.

Hustle Quotes:

“I want the peace in knowing that is wasn’t for lack of hustling that I missed a target for my dream. I want to know that the one thing in my control was under control.”

“‘Average’ is living a life less than you’re capable of.” <– click to tweet

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Nick Loper

About the Author

Nick Loper is a side hustle expert who loves helping people earn more money and start businesses they care about. He hosts the award-winning Side Hustle Show, where he's interviewed over 500 successful entrepreneurs, and is the bestselling author of Buy Buttons, The Side Hustle, and $1,000 100 Ways.

His work has been featured in The New York Times, Entrepreneur, Forbes, TIME, Newsweek, Business Insider, MSN, Yahoo Finance, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Financial Times, Bankrate, Hubspot, Ahrefs, Shopify, Investopedia, VICE, Vox, Mashable, ChooseFI, Bigger Pockets, The Penny Hoarder, GoBankingRates, and more.

4 thoughts on “60: Punching Fear in the Face and Escaping Average, with Jon Acuff”

  1. Stay at home mom of 8 kids, here, and
    Jon, I like your saying that there’s a difference between average and content. Really important to recognize that when gauging my life’s purpose and desiring to always be ‘hustling’, but not comparing to others.
    Nick, smooth interview.

  2. Great content. Love your approach to the interview. You gave Jon time to answer your questions (which were spot on btw) and then you added your own sprinkles of relative responses. Thank you for taking the time to create something like this and share it.


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