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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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    Joseph Cebu, Philippines 10-17-13
    Joseph Cebu, Philippines 10-17-13
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    "Quitter is much better!"
    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    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


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    Jeff El Cajon, CA, United States 09-25-13
    Jeff El Cajon, CA, United States 09-25-13
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    "Jon Acuff Strikes Again"

    I love Jon's down to earth approach to life and work. A practical tool for change.

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    John FPO, AP, United States 09-17-13
    John FPO, AP, United States 09-17-13
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    "Read it, it is simply epic."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What about Jon Acuff’s performance did you like?

    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.


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    Stephen Marietta, GA, United States 09-06-13
    Stephen Marietta, GA, United States 09-06-13 Member Since 2012

    I have nothing to offer anyone except my own confusion.

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    "Disappointing"
    What would have made Start better?

    Interesting material and less arrogance on the part of the author.


    What could Jon Acuff have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Given the material the performance was ok. The author, however, rubbed me the wrong way.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    None, and that's the problem.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kian Ameli California USA 08-30-13
    Kian Ameli California USA 08-30-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Fun listen, great content"
    Would you listen to Start again? Why?

    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


    What did you like best about this story?

    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


    What about Jon Acuff’s performance did you like?

    He's got a great way of delivering content, slightly sarcastic but inspiring when needed


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MILAN Falls Church, VA, United States 08-28-13
    MILAN Falls Church, VA, United States 08-28-13
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    "Just Start!"
    What made the experience of listening to Start the most enjoyable?

    Real life example! I can really relate my self with most of situations that is describe in this book.


    Would you recommend Start to your friends? Why or why not?

    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.


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

    He is sharing his life experiences with his own voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No! two hours a day.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark LINDENHURST, IL, United States 08-23-13
    Mark LINDENHURST, IL, United States 08-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Be prepared to find your purpose and enjoy life"
    What made the experience of listening to Start the most enjoyable?

    The story in conversational. Start is a good story with a practical guide woven into it.


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

    I think an audio book is always better when the author reads it. You get genuine inflection.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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!


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    Robert M WI, USA 08-22-13
    Robert M WI, USA 08-22-13
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    "One of my favorite picks so far!"
    What did you love best about Start?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn Holt, MI, United States 08-20-13
    Kathryn Holt, MI, United States 08-20-13 Listener Since 2005

    I am an independent certified health coach. My goal is to learn & grow my knowledge...but I also enjoy some "fluff" fictional books too

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    "You'll Either Love It Or Hate It"

    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.

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    nicholas LEESBURG, VA, United States 08-18-13
    nicholas LEESBURG, VA, United States 08-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Get Going!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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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