No. I am happy to have listened to the material and find the content important and thought provoking.
I found the premise for the content was spun through the book with good examples, but somewhat repetitive.
Now I know why
His passion on the subject.
It gave me that "____" to put my finger on. I haven't changed but I see clearly now. I now understand why I disliked certain jobs, businesses, bosses and clients. It clarified with simplicity my direction and purpose in both my personal and professional lives.
A MUST READ
When my children were growing up I taught them basic questions to ask, What, Where, Who and Why. Why is a question that is always most interesting and yet often most neglected. I you want to refocus your life, get in touch with WHY
Good concept. If you have seen the TED lecture this this book would be a waste of time. I couldn't finish it since it seemed to start repeating about halfway through.
I would probably listen to this once a year. A brilliant reminder & encourager for one to find their why & to life true to it.
If everyone found & lived by their why, the world would be a better place.
Interesting, applicable, relevant
The message. Start with why are you doing what u are doing. It means passion to do something and not just to be there "for the money"; start with why and things will be easier and people will follow.
The message is repetitive. He could have written in half the pages and still be relevant.
What a refreshing change on leadership. One of the few people that seem to teach about the people as opposed to the leader. Great!
Audible obsessed lifelong learner.
Start With Why builds on the simple premise that if you build a compelling reason for people to take action they will. Regardless if you are trying to motivate employees or customers if you build the why first rather then focusing on features and action items you can build the momentum for the desired reaction. The metaphor of the long bow in that you have to go backwards 180 degrees first is very powerful. You have to understand and communicate the vision of why before you can move forward.
In today's business world too many leaders/writers are focused on Jobsian (Steve Jobs) mythology that they will never replicate. This author attempts the same; but, from a likely more useful point of view. To define our work by why over what is a powerful message that sadly few find appealing without references to innovation.
The book is well researched but one cannot walk away with clearly identifiable lessons in how to implement the philosophy of "why" starting a project or company. My view is that the philosophy of “why” is instinctive which cannot be acquired or copied implying that some have it while others don't. And those who have it implement it intrinsically: not because they are convinced about its value or philosophy but because they are too focused pursuing their dream. Steve Jobs never debated the issue of “Why” with himself or his colleagues before launching Apple, nor can it be said about Elon Musk launching PayPal and Tesla.
It also doesn't mean that those who are not driven by the relevance and value of “Why” will not be successful and there are many of examples of such successful entrepreneurs. It’s easy in hindsight to evaluate, analyze and determine causes of success and failure. It’s also not clearly established if frugality (like the CEO of South West Airlines wearing socks with holes) was just a matter of personal lack of interest in dressing or such frugality was in any way a contributory factor to the airline’s success.
In brief call it Why or Focus or Determination, there are examples of success in every turf - be it in pursuit of business, education or religion.
I would nevertheless recommend listening to this audio book.