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The author is genuine. This is not hype. It's actually a reminder of things we know but forget, ignore or drown out with negative self talk. Here is someone who has walked the walk and shows the journey in an engaging way. He's a wonderful storyteller. I listened to the book realizing that the prize in life goes to those who can continue to press forward and re-imagine the possibilities when the path we're on turns out to be something we no longer want to be on. I gifted copies to all three of my 20-something children. Adopting Jon Acuff's worldview earlier rather than later will greatly improve the quality of their daily lives.
Some where in the middle.
The authors sense of humor gets a little annoying after awhile.
Yes, it did.
I am fortunate to have a visual job which allows me to take in audiobooks as I work, which basically just means that I get to plough through quite a few of them.
Everyone knows how overpopulated the 'self-empowerment' category is and how it accommodates a great deal of pithy drivel without any actual substance to it. I'm just keen to flag this book as a genuinely worthy 'read' - actually, I would highly recommend the audiobook version due to the humour and energy that Jon infuses into his own material here.
If you're looking to get your head in the right place to win in life, give this a try.
Discovering, Entertaining, Influential
I enjoyed hearing it narriated by the author, it brought it to life and hearing expression and emotion made it personal.
All of it.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is feeling uninspired by life and who wants a kick in the pants. Thank you Jon for taking the time to inspire and share.
Motivating Book. I needed this at this juncture in my life!
Not so much a moment but the concept when you keep your day job you are able to wait for the dream job as you acquire skills and network.
I love Jon's enthusiasm. It permeates throughout the book. The ideas shared are not all new but Jon delivered it with the right amount of punch.The hard part for me is that I've listened to Jon's book - Quitter and I loved it! I really enjoyed the things he shared in that book. So I am merely comparing the delivery and content between Start and Quitter. I know it's not an apple to apple comparison but I got more novel content in Quitter than this book. Quitter surprised me in many ways but Start only has certain "moments" of brilliance.Still Jon is very authentic and candid. I will still buy Jon's future books.
Jon, if you are reading this please don't be affected by Critic's Math. :D
I would definitely tell friends about this book. If you're looking to bolster existing confidence, or looking to get over a huge obstacle in your way this book is for you. I'm not trying to sell this book. I just want to point out how the author uses well timed jokes, and comedic anecdotes that keep the content airy, while maintaining the deep and heartfelt message he is trying to convey.
His genuine spirt, and excellent outlook on life is real, and honest. This isn't another "motivational speaker" who decided to write a book. Jon's words are bold and challenging. This book is not filled with filler motivating you to go out and get it, its a reality check, a spotlight illuminating why you aren't doing what you want.
I have nothing to offer anyone except my own confusion.
Interesting material and less arrogance on the part of the author.
I think the overall point of the book was good, but I think the 12th time he reminded the reader/listener that he worked for Dave Ramsey I started to truly loathe him. Examples other than his own life story (he isn't particularly old by the way) would have made it far more rememberable and the author less detestable.
Given the material the performance was ok. The author, however, rubbed me the wrong way.
None, and that's the problem.
I listened to it once, then turned around and listened to it again the next day. There are a lot of good stories that act as fables to get points across, and while some have said they come off as "self serving" the authors self deprecating comments ensure that they are meant to get a point across not inflate his ego
Thought there was a general thrust that it's never too late to start on a journey or on a passion there are a lot of practical take aways in each section
He's got a great way of delivering content, slightly sarcastic but inspiring when needed