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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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    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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    Evan Saskatoon, SK, Canada 07-05-13
    Evan Saskatoon, SK, Canada 07-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "LOL on the One Star Reviews"
    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.


    7 of 12 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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    shane price 04-20-16
    shane price 04-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "scratching my head"

    i kept listening and listening but the authors stories and words never grabbed me. no discredit to the author but im just not feeling this book, there are others that i feel paint a better picture.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chikita Green 04-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great info and very motivating."

    Great narration. Mr. Acuff kept my attention the entire tim. I enjoyed the book from start to finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melanie 04-03-16
    Melanie 04-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "You're not alone."

    This book let me know that I'm not alone. I'm not the only one who has made crazy mistakes! The author is amazing in his story telling and intertwines his own experience into the book.

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    Jose Miranda 04-02-16

    win....

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    "No as good as I thought but it doesn't hurt to read the book"

    The book is understandable but the history is a little bit bored. This book may help those who don't know what to do in their life BUT there are books that have the same information with a better and more enthusiastic way of telling the history.

    Anything you can get from this book will help you in your life. 👍🏼

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas 03-26-16
    Nicholas 03-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Sooo good!"

    great insight on the hardest parts of starting and living out the dreams in your heart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kristen 03-18-16
    Kristen 03-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Absolutely loved!!!!!"

    This book exceeded my expectations! Amazing and actionable steps! Thank you for a great read!

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    Jim 02-14-16
    Jim 02-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Meh...."

    I'm only about half way through this book. I purchased it highly anticipating reading it. So far I'm having a very hard time staying focused. It's like listening to someone ramble about basket weaving. I'm planning on reading this again maybe when I can maybe focus more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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