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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I love Jon's enthusiasm. It permeates throughout the book. The ideas shared are not all new but Jon delivered it with the right amount of punch.The hard part for me is that I've listened to Jon's book - Quitter and I loved it! I really enjoyed the things he shared in that book. So I am merely comparing the delivery and content between Start and Quitter. I know it's not an apple to apple comparison but I got more novel content in Quitter than this book. Quitter surprised me in many ways but Start only has certain "moments" of brilliance.Still Jon is very authentic and candid. I will still buy Jon's future books.
Jon, if you are reading this please don't be affected by Critic's Math. :D
I would definitely tell friends about this book. If you're looking to bolster existing confidence, or looking to get over a huge obstacle in your way this book is for you. I'm not trying to sell this book. I just want to point out how the author uses well timed jokes, and comedic anecdotes that keep the content airy, while maintaining the deep and heartfelt message he is trying to convey.
His genuine spirt, and excellent outlook on life is real, and honest. This isn't another "motivational speaker" who decided to write a book. Jon's words are bold and challenging. This book is not filled with filler motivating you to go out and get it, its a reality check, a spotlight illuminating why you aren't doing what you want.
I have nothing to offer anyone except my own confusion.
Interesting material and less arrogance on the part of the author.
I think the overall point of the book was good, but I think the 12th time he reminded the reader/listener that he worked for Dave Ramsey I started to truly loathe him. Examples other than his own life story (he isn't particularly old by the way) would have made it far more rememberable and the author less detestable.
Given the material the performance was ok. The author, however, rubbed me the wrong way.
None, and that's the problem.
I listened to it once, then turned around and listened to it again the next day. There are a lot of good stories that act as fables to get points across, and while some have said they come off as "self serving" the authors self deprecating comments ensure that they are meant to get a point across not inflate his ego
Thought there was a general thrust that it's never too late to start on a journey or on a passion there are a lot of practical take aways in each section
He's got a great way of delivering content, slightly sarcastic but inspiring when needed
Real life example! I can really relate my self with most of situations that is describe in this book.
Sure! It's really good book about how to manage life in each phases and also if you are looking to ways jump start your goals in life.
He is sharing his life experiences with his own voice.
No! two hours a day.
The story in conversational. Start is a good story with a practical guide woven into it.
I think an audio book is always better when the author reads it. You get genuine inflection.
One of the notions presented is that you don't have to be working on your life purpose to be doing your work purposefully. I feel like the advice paid dividends quickly for me.
Fear will tell you that you are too late to do something but, in the same breathe that you should wait to start. Don't wait START now!
I really enjoyed listening to this book and am glad I wasn't swayed by a few bad reviews. I found it entertaining and motivating and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to others. The author includes some humor along the way, and I never found it distracting from the main message. Even if you have listened to many other self development/business books that may be similar, I don't think you can go wrong with adding this one to your collection.
I am an independent certified health coach. My goal is to learn & grow my knowledge...but I also enjoy some "fluff" fictional books too
Usually when authors read their books, it ends up to be a dull read. Jon Acuff had such enthusiasm and read quite naturally. I don't think anyone could have done a better job reading this book.
I happened to love this book, but I can see how people would either love it or hate it. His confidence does come off a little bit conceited. I didn't agree with his idea that you shouldn't have a life purpose but I did agree that you should live each day WITH purpose.
The author gave some good ideas of being extraordinary but I wish he would have talked more about "punching fear in the face".
All in all, I would recommend this book.
I would absolutely recommend this book to a friend. And I have. It is entertaining, and inspiring. Giving practical steps to get on towards awesome in your life. It is a good listen, and can help people who are looking for "what they are supposed to do with their life or career".
Get inspired. Get practical. Get started.
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