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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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    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Grant NANTUCKET, MA, United States 03-25-14
    Grant NANTUCKET, MA, United States 03-25-14 Member Since 2009

    caffeinated

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    "Jon Acuff is Worth Listening To"

    I find Mr. Acuff's stories and examples rather compelling. This is all good advice, laid out in an easy-to-digest format. (I also liked the fact that he did not shove his Christianity down the reader's throat like his boss Dave Ramsey does.) I liked it so much I listened to it twice in a row.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    P. Gagg 02-13-14
    P. Gagg 02-13-14 Member Since 2015

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    "Uninsightful"
    What would have made Start better?

    If the author gave better insight and understanding into the human condition and psychological workings. The book seemed like wild speculation.


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

    Done some research instead of writing a book based on feelings and wild speculation.


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

    No. This is the only Acuff book I've listened to.


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

    Disappointment and frustration.


    Any additional comments?

    I agree with another reviewer that said that if you're impressed by this book you're probably new to the genre of business/self help books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Cebu, Philippines 10-17-13
    Joseph Cebu, Philippines 10-17-13 Member Since 2015
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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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff El Cajon, CA, United States 09-25-13
    Jeff El Cajon, CA, United States 09-25-13 Listener Since 2009
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Marietta, GA, United States 09-06-13
    Stephen Marietta, GA, United States 09-06-13 Member Since 2015

    I have nothing to offer anyone except my own confusion.

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    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 2014
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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 08-28-13
    MILAN 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
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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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