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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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    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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    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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    Natalie 08-11-16
    Natalie 08-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Very Helpful!"

    This book has definitely helped me discover how fear and self-doubt work and how I can avoid getting tangled in their web. Good read/listen!

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    Luis 07-11-16
    Luis 07-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome tool"

    Great tool, on how to escape the average path and become awesome, you can apply this on your current life path and make some adjustments and be AWESOME...

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    Jennifer 06-28-16
    Jennifer 06-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Life applicable"

    Jon Acuff is amazing. He is full of life knowledge. I found the book to be real and inspiring. Sometimes authors portray their lives as perfect; however, Jon provides suggestions based upon his own experience.

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    Brent 06-22-16
    Brent 06-22-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Practical and Engaging"

    I don't know if I've ever listened to such an engaging audio book. It felt more like an inspiring public speech rather than an audio book.

    That is just a bonus. The information provided in this book encourages the listener to pursue their own talents and passions by giving practical and honest advice on how to do it. It's awesome!

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    Jared Williamson 06-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Inspiring and Practical"

    Great mix of inspiration and practical steps. The feel of the book was lighthearted while still maintaining a level of seriousness that is necessary when talking about taking action steps to "start" the road to where you want to be.

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    Lankyluc 06-07-16
    Lankyluc 06-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great read. Start!"

    Great read no matter where on the journey of life you find yourself. These principles are for life, work and play.

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    Dennis ORLANDO, FL, United States 05-13-16
    Dennis ORLANDO, FL, United States 05-13-16 Member Since 2015

    Dennis Brockman

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    "So fun"

    I was expecting more of a how to book. Jon is funny and crazy wise. Jon has so many great one liners that I would like to go through the book and write them down to consider longer. They are pithy, catchy and with remembering. I loved this book and I will get Jon's other book because this one is so good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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