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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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    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 2012
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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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    joshua shackleford 07-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book for any profession."

    I enjoyed this audiobook because john sounds enthusiastic and passionate. His context is both relatable and precise as he drives the reader through a series of stories that makes the topics more relatable. I would recommend this audiobook to anyone at any point in their journey to becoming awesome.

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    Clinton J Cook 07-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book great narration"

    Great book I enjoy the authors sarcasm and humor. My wife even liked this book.

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    Mia Brooklyn, NY, United States 06-30-15
    Mia Brooklyn, NY, United States 06-30-15

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    Good seriously - not the same as quitter if that's what you're thinking . I know I was

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  • Chantal
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    "Woah slow down!!"

    Authors are not always the best people to narrate their own books. Fact. Here is a case in point. Maybe the paperback's really good, I don't know. But the audiobook is so rushed that it's almost impossible to get anything from it. The author / narrator starts off by telling you how each section is supposed to have action points and questions for you to go through to put his pearls of wisdom into practice. But he felt that it ruined the "flow" of his narration, so he's left all that stuff to the end. Listen to the whole thing first, then take action.

    In doing so he's totally missed the point of how people use this kind of book. He whizzes through the book at such a pace, without pausing, that you can't actually take it all in anyway. Then if/when you do stick it out all the way to the end, he does the exact same thing with the action points and questions. Problem is that they're not put into context, so when he says something profound like "write a paragraph describing your secret self" you're thinking... "wait... what exactly is my secret self again?". Except if you're anything like me you really can't bring yourself to go back hunting through the audio to find out.

    Add to that the super-helpful advice to "punch fear in the face". Well that's all very well but seriously, deeply ingrained personal fears about oneself do not, in practice, simply bugger off because you metaphorically punched them! I suspect that many people who click the "buy" button for this book will be left thinking "well how the heck do I do that?". Listen to Stephen Covey, Brian Tracey et al. Different ball park altogether.

    I had high hopes for this book but it fell way short of the mark. I might even ask for my money back. Sorry & all that but very disappointing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • florence
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    "great read"

    struck in a rut? going round in circles? Get Start and you will get started.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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