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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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    Claire Troyer 01-02-16
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    "LOVED IT!"
    What did you love best about Start?

    I loved hearing Jon read it! He was hilarious!


    What did you like best about this story?

    This kept me entertained on my 7 hour drive to a business conference. It was the perfect book to hear. I'm sure the other drivers thought I was crazy as they passed by and I was laughing to myself!


    Have you listened to any of Jon Acuff’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was the first audio book of Jon's I've heard, but I loved it! I would highly recommend listening to all of his books via audio because Jon emphasizes certain parts and has you laughing hysterically!


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    To just get out there and START. Keep dreaming, but also START DOING!


    Any additional comments?

    Choose any of Jon's books and I doubt you'll be sorry. {Also follow him on Instragram @JonAcuff for some entertainment when you aren't listening to his audiobooks!}

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    Chris 12-01-15
    Chris 12-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome ~ Definitely what I needed."

    Awesome ~ Definitely what I needed. I will be listening to this one again. And again And again. :)

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    Matthew T Cross Newton, MA 10-14-15
    Matthew T Cross Newton, MA 10-14-15 Member Since 2012

    Matthew T Cross

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    "Good for writers..."

    This is a good book if your looking for inspiration as a writer. John (addressing him as if I know him even though I certainly don't) does a great job of projecting his personality into this book, and I finished the experience feeling like I just had a long one-sided introspective conversation with him. Many times he is over descriptive, and needs to work on being more purposeful in his writing, but I can't complain because his book is motivating, and that's why I read it. If that was his goal of the book he met it, although he probably could have done it with 25% less words. I liked the book, but am not interested in continuing on with the author's other titles. I was going to rank it 4 stars, because he certainly is a good writer and the book isn't crap, but there are just so many other good books to spend our hard earned money on. A+ performance and effort reading his own book though.

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    Millie Medrano 09-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "From good to GREAT"

    I loved the book.. Jon Acuff is very well spoken with plenty of great ideas to step out of being ordinary and mediocre into becoming great. I would recommend anybody looking to become great to buy this audio book. He breaks down in steps everything you should do in order to succeed.

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    Mark 08-29-15
    Mark 08-29-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic."

    Great book that gets you going in the right direction! Funny and thoughtful as well.

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    Phillip A Schmidt 08-24-15
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    "Artists should read this book"

    Jon is hilarious in a dry, sarcastic kind of way. His book is educational, inspiring and entertaining. He also includes attainable and reasonable action steps.

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    Olga 08-10-15
    Olga 08-10-15
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    "Amazing and life changing!!!"

    Especially if paired with another speaker Hal Elrod.. I even feel lighter and happier after listening the Start!!!
    I am forever grateful and hoping one day to help others as much as John does!

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    Allysen Renee 08-09-15

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    "Exactly What I Needed."

    I needed a jolt to help me feel more confident to jump into launching out as a full time business owner. Totally got that and more from this book. Thanks, Jon Acuff for keeping it real and giving us such awesome insight! I'm ready to find my awesome :)

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    M. Jacobs 08-03-15
    M. Jacobs 08-03-15 Member Since 2013
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    "I thoroughly enjoyed this book"

    The material in this book so spoke to my condition that I bought the hardback so I can re-read it as a textbook. Tonight I will begin to re-read it and follow the in-text assignments as they are printed. Thank you, Jon, for this in-my-face look at me, and most importantly, what I can do today to change for the better.

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    Neil 07-30-15
    Neil 07-30-15
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    "Motivational, practical & honestly realistic"

    Read it. Filled with uncanny insight into your fears and inner thoughts, Jon knows how you feel and think and addresses each objection you may have to becoming awesome.

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