Wall Street Journal best-selling author Jon Acuff reveals the steps to getting unstuck and back onto the path of being awesome.
Over the last 100 years, the road to success for most everyone has been divided into predictable stages. But three things have changed the path to success:
While none of the stages can be skipped, they can be shortened and accelerated. There are only two paths in life: average and awesome. The average path is easy because all you have to do is nothing. The awesome path is more challenging, because things like fear only bother you when you do work that matters. The good news is Start gives listeners practical, actionable insights to be more awesome, more often.
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Great Stories. I like the part about growing a crazy beard and collecting cats.
Awesome professional speaker, great reader by default.
Great concepts throughout. Critics Math was helpful. I also enjoyed the honesty transparency with things like the story about his honeymoon and wanting to make life long friends LOL. Reminds me to be careful with ideas and expectations.
I also found great insights in understanding ideas / emotions that come along with success that can throw one off track, and even how one can actually sabatoge their own success because of supressed fear. Rang true for me and I'm thankful for what I learned from this book.
Book nerd for life!
It was narrated by the author and he was passionate about the book.
Same as the book
I needed an audiobook that wasn't boring and that would keep my interest. This definitely was it. I was procrastinating reading/listening to this book, and it was everything and more. Loved the enthusiasm (can't beat hearing the author narrate the book), lots of good stories and motivation and tips. I now want to read more of Jon's books. I'm officially punching fear in the face and starting!
Motivational, Fun, Accessible
Jon Acuff is an AMAZING speaker and this is one of the best audiobook narrations I've ever heard. I imagine the book is great in print as well, but the way Jon tells stories is very engaging. Nothing about his speaking voice is dull.
I've read dozens of self-development books and this one is definitely at the top of the list (my other fav's would be How to Win Friends and Influence Others and Unstuff Your Life). There was not a single dull moment in this book, and even though it is directed at any age group, I feel like it is especially accessible and inspiring for younger people (20s, 30s). I wish I had read this book years ago! (if it had existed... which it didn't)
Just what I needed, wish I listened months ago as the truth and message would have helped me as I quit my job to pursue full time youth ministry.
5 stars to help Jon sleep better at night :)
The author primarily uses his life experiences and stories from friends and acquaintances to motivate readers to travel on the path of awesome, as opposed to doing nothing different and stay being average. There is a lot of repetition of the word awesome. But then, that's how motivational books work. It attempts to tap an emotional chord with readers so they'll find the inspiration to change. There isn't a lot of research and facts. It mostly stories for the readers to relate to - picturing themselves facing those similar obstacles and feeling empowered to become awesome.
Made me self reflect and I identify problem areas
I am not scared of the "learning" phase anymore
In summary it gave me a deeper desire to live an "awesome life"
I became familiar with the author from his "Stuff Christians Like" book and enjoy his wit
& humor. We are kindred spirits.
I'm also a management & business book enthusiast. And honestly Jon did better here then I assumed he might. That said I'm between a John C Maxwell & Jim Collins Good to Great book. Kind of deeper in the pool.
BUT this was inspiring and motivating in ways those aren't, and may just be feeding a niche those other authors neglected. And so, where my soon to graduate High School son and my wife might NEVER pick up a John Maxwell book, I'm insisting he give this one a listen before college enrollment.
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