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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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    BonCrowder 04-30-15
    BonCrowder 04-30-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Inspirational"

    Before listening I was doing many of the suggested things. But fear always cropped up. Now I have some validation for what I do as well as tools to punch that darn fear where it hurts! Thanks Jon Acuff!

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    Greg 04-23-15
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    "Nailed it!"

    I listen to 2 to 3 audiobooks a month. This was the most enjoyable, humorous, and actionable book I've listened to in the last year and a half. I hope I some day get to meet Jon thank him for starting me on the road to Awesome.

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    MaryAnn Breshears 04-22-15
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    "must read for anyone in the working world"

    lays out the world of employee, employer, and entrepreneurship in a fun way. great stuff!

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    Amazon Customer 04-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "okay"

    Good message, however I didn't feel the passion from the author. I kept waiting for the fire that never came.

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    Malarie 02-03-15
    Malarie 02-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "The best book to get you "unstuck" ever written."

    Excellent listen. Start is the "how to" guide to life and your career. MUST READ.

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    Amazon Customer 01-21-15
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    "Finally a book that matters."

    Loved it. Hearing Jon tell the story really brings the book to live as he conveys his desire to truly have this book impact the readers life. Buy it now.

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    michael perrotta 01-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic! Real, useful, enjoyable."

    Thank you Jon. Fantastic book. Very personable. Very real. No hype or bluster. I appreciate your honesty and candor. Useful plus funny and enjoyable too. I plan to listen to this book at least a few more times. Jon please read Quitter and Do Over on Audible too. I don't have time to read with my eyes, just my ears.

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    Alison 01-08-15
    Alison 01-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I had no idea"

    I wasn't sure what to expect. I honestly had no idea who Jon Acuff was. GASP
    I will listen again and again.
    A book that spoke to my very being.
    Thank you, Jon!

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    Cecilia Diaz 11-22-14 Member Since 2015
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    "While you are waiting, START"
    If you could sum up Start in three words, what would they be?

    Objective,honest, grit.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    One of my favorite stories from the book was the story of Alex Honnold, the one legged mountain climber who is in his element when he is in the mountains, in spite of of his limitations. I also enjoyed the question posed something along the lines of : who are you not to pursue your dreams? Your light helps other people shine. Imagine if the person that found the cure for X had not? START.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Witty,relatable,stories and encouragement.


    Any additional comments?

    Success is defined only by you. Most sucessful people have a daily routines and a faith in themsevles (confidence) and go through the different stages of the pursuit of their goals. That gets you to the best version of you. Who knows whom you might be in the future? Be your secret self :)

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    Roberts Hunter 09-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "The overall ratings tell the Truth!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Start to be better than the print version?

    John Acuff's personality and lighthearted approach brings the process of reinventing yourself into view much better than the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The path to starting anew is not rocket science and the "One-Star" people are looking for the easy path that doesn't exist. The practical aspects of how to grow and develop are just that; practical. It isn't some voodoo like message of just believe and your dreams will come. They won't unless you get up and start taking action to improve your life and achieve your dreams. I went down the road to awesome once and it was awesome, at 47 I needed someone to say it is ok to start again. The difference is that at 22 most people are protected by their family and loved ones to start. In your 40s, most people feel that they should have figured it out. Start gives you the understanding that you can start again and you don't have to really go back to 22, you already have the knowledge and experience that the last 47 years have told you about where awesome is in your life, you just have to live it.


    What did you learn from Start that you would use in your daily life?

    To stop listening to the voices in my head. The fears and lies they tell do hold you back. Get them out into the open and you do see the absurdity of them.

    The second things is that most of the answers you are looking for are right there in front of you, but you can't step back far enough to see them. Don't complicate the process, you don't have to 'start with the end carved in stone'. Start with your life today and move toward what you truly enjoy doing, everything will just start to fall into place.


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