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Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average, and Do Work That Matters | [Jon Acuff]

Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average, and Do Work That Matters

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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Publisher's Summary

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:

  • Boomers are realizing that a lot of the things they were promised aren't going to materialize, and they have started second and third careers.
  • Technology has given access to an unprecedented number of people who are building online empires and changing their lives in ways that would have been impossible years ago.
  • The days of "success first, significance later" have ended.

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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    Helena R. Bowen colorado 05-29-13
    Helena R. Bowen colorado 05-29-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Most Accessible Self-Development Book I've Read"
    If you could sum up Start in three words, what would they be?

    Motivational, Fun, Accessible


    What does Jon Acuff bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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)

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Briana Melissa Ford Carson, CA USA 07-02-13
    Briana Melissa Ford Carson, CA USA 07-02-13 Member Since 2015

    Book nerd for life!

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    What made the experience of listening to Start the most enjoyable?

    It was narrated by the author and he was passionate about the book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Same as the book


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Mark 08-29-15
    Mark 08-29-15 Member Since 2012
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    Great book that gets you going in the right direction! Funny and thoughtful as well.

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    Phillip A Schmidt 08-24-15
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    "Artists should read this book"

    Jon is hilarious in a dry, sarcastic kind of way. His book is educational, inspiring and entertaining. He also includes attainable and reasonable action steps.

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    Olga 08-10-15
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    "Amazing and life changing!!!"

    Especially if paired with another speaker Hal Elrod.. I even feel lighter and happier after listening the Start!!!
    I am forever grateful and hoping one day to help others as much as John does!

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    Allysen Renee 08-09-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Exactly What I Needed."

    I needed a jolt to help me feel more confident to jump into launching out as a full time business owner. Totally got that and more from this book. Thanks, Jon Acuff for keeping it real and giving us such awesome insight! I'm ready to find my awesome :)

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    M. Jacobs 08-03-15
    M. Jacobs 08-03-15 Member Since 2013
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    "I thoroughly enjoyed this book"

    The material in this book so spoke to my condition that I bought the hardback so I can re-read it as a textbook. Tonight I will begin to re-read it and follow the in-text assignments as they are printed. Thank you, Jon, for this in-my-face look at me, and most importantly, what I can do today to change for the better.

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    Neil 07-30-15
    Neil 07-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Motivational, practical & honestly realistic"

    Read it. Filled with uncanny insight into your fears and inner thoughts, Jon knows how you feel and think and addresses each objection you may have to becoming awesome.

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    joshua shackleford 07-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book for any profession."

    I enjoyed this audiobook because john sounds enthusiastic and passionate. His context is both relatable and precise as he drives the reader through a series of stories that makes the topics more relatable. I would recommend this audiobook to anyone at any point in their journey to becoming awesome.

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    Clinton J Cook 07-07-15
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    "Great book great narration"

    Great book I enjoy the authors sarcasm and humor. My wife even liked this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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