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

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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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    André Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil 07-15-13
    André Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil 07-15-13 Member Since 2016
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    The book was not for me, I read a lot of books with the same idea. It gets a time when you are full of this kind of stuff.

    If you need some push to start get it, otherwise forget it.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Evan Saskatoon, SK, Canada 07-05-13
    Evan Saskatoon, SK, Canada 07-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    What made the experience of listening to Start the most enjoyable?

    Great Stories. I like the part about growing a crazy beard and collecting cats.


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

    Awesome professional speaker, great reader by default.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    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.


    9 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    A. Yoshida 10-12-16
    A. Yoshida 10-12-16
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    ""Awesome" repeated a lot"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Briana Melissa Ford Lewisville, TX 07-02-13
    Briana Melissa Ford Lewisville, TX 07-02-13 Member Since 2015

    Book nerd for life!

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    "Just Start Listening!"
    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!

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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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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    Katie Ledford 01-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "awesome!"

    This book was great..good motivator for me since I've been career searching for months..thank you Jason!

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    Christy B ASHEVILLE, NC, US 01-19-17
    Christy B ASHEVILLE, NC, US 01-19-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Love it!"

    It reminds me of the slight edge, but different and updated. The author cracks me up as is reading his work! Definitely great to listen to on audible.

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    Akasha 12-30-16
    Akasha 12-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A humorous kick in the pants!"

    John tells it straight but with lots of love and humor. Just what I needed!

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    Erika 12-27-16
    Erika 12-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "BEST Motivator"

    So incredibly motivated right now! What the author says makes complete sense! Pursuing my dream!

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    Kim H. Young USA for now 12-07-16
    Kim H. Young USA for now 12-07-16 Member Since 2016

    blog: shenmede.wordpress.com

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    "Why I can't summarize this book"

    I summarize books I read. These summaries consist of quotes or paraphrases of what I find interesting, new, useful, or worth recollecting. Not this book. With Start, were I to quote or paraphrase all I found interesting, new, useful, and worth recollecting, I would repeat so much it would rightly be called wholesale plagiarism. This is an excellent book, full of useful information for anyone starting out in their 20s, regardless of how old they are.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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