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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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    nicholas LEESBURG, VA, United States 08-18-13
    nicholas LEESBURG, VA, United States 08-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    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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    Edward Austin, TX, United States 07-03-13
    Edward Austin, TX, United States 07-03-13 Member Since 2012

    Jack of all trades, but expert at none. Newest and lates adventure is learning to fly and rebuilding my business.

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    "Like sitting in the room"

    This is more than a good book, it read with such passion by the author that I felt like I was sitting in the room listening to him speak. I would ventrue to guess that his speeches are much like his narration of this book.

    Anyway great book to get you started in the morning.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Goffstown, NH, United States 07-02-13
    Dan Goffstown, NH, United States 07-02-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent Book!"
    What made the experience of listening to Start the most enjoyable?

    I wasn't just theory, it was Jon's story of getting to Awesome. That made it all the more applicable to my life and situation.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Chicago, IL, United States 06-20-13
    Kevin Chicago, IL, United States 06-20-13

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    "over the top"
    Would you ever listen to anything by Jon Acuff again?

    No, the author and narrator is over the top. His delivery is way too emotional and I find it to be irritating. Too much drama, I'm sure he's well intentioned but I find it really sappy.


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    Mark Houston, TX, United States 06-13-13
    Mark Houston, TX, United States 06-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    "very honest and informative"

    Hooray for John Acuff, I believe this book is more original, honest, and inspiring than most new motivational books out there currently. His book Quitter was also good, but this one was even better, I think he has grown wiser since then, since his message was a little more upbeat and delivered with more conviction, I feel. It helped me a lot, thanks John! BTW, I'm pretty sure he reads these reviews, based on his comments about them in the book! :-)

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    susanna guilford, CT, United States 06-08-13
    susanna guilford, CT, United States 06-08-13
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    "excellent motivator"
    What made the experience of listening to Start the most enjoyable?

    I have no time to sit and read so listen or miss


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

    He is very engaging made more person


    Any additional comments?

    excellent book will change how I see myslef my future and some system tios

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    Anna JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 06-08-13
    Anna JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 06-08-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Would like a pdf of the Action Steps chapter."
    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Start?

    The fear and uncertainty of how I will get to "awesome" have kept me from starting. Jon Acuff is a great motivator and gives great advice on how to overcome this and just "start". I am motivated to just do some little things and see where they take me. He reads his books energetically too, which makes for tuned in listening.


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing I would add to this audiobook to make it better would be a pdf of the Action Steps chapter. It would be nice to have some way to reference those steps without needing to fast forward through the chapter to find what you want to review.

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    mike Londonderry, NH, United States 06-08-13
    mike Londonderry, NH, United States 06-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Always on top!"
    Where does Start rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Prob.one of my fav. Authors seems he's always one step ahead so very excited for books to come keep up the good work!


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    Jessica C. Smith Albuqeurque, NM, United States 06-06-13
    Jessica C. Smith Albuqeurque, NM, United States 06-06-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Best and Most Entertaining Book I have purchased!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Start to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read Start but the audio version was amazing. I think John Acuff delivers an amazing read. I don't think anyone else could have done the material justice--he brought it to life and made the "book" impossible to put down. Because of him narrating this book, I will buy anything he creates. If you haven't listened to this book, and you want to understand why you are where you are--buy this right now. Love, love, love it!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The book flows! It has so many absolutely hysterical quips and examples that I found myself laughing often. That's a great thing to do while you are "learning"!


    What about Jon Acuff’s performance did you like?

    The tempo of his narration was incredible. I think that his voice (just sounds like he is a funny guy) made all the difference. Because he wrote the book, he knew exactly when to change the pace of the read as well as use voice inflections to drive his points home! Can't say enough about his style of narration!


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

    When he was speaking about his anger over the "hyphen" in the title of his previous book. He shared that he was actually only self-sabotaging. We all do it--it made me realize that even confident, successful people like John have moments of insecurity. Love the credit he pays to Mr. Ramsey. His gratitude is evident towards all his associates and his amazingly patient wife.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for the reasons why you haven't changed your life or if you wonder what it is you are passionate about as you trudge through life, but this book! You will know your path soon into it. I will listen to this multiple times and gift this to many of my friends in the future! Get this book! You won't be disappointed. (now let me click on the buy now button for his book Quitter!)

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    Matt Saint Louis, MO, United States 06-04-13
    Matt Saint Louis, MO, United States 06-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A worthy listen for anyone seeking (Awesome)"
    What made the experience of listening to Start the most enjoyable?

    I can absolutely relate to the author's message. Being awesome as he describes it is definitely abnormal in our risk averse culture. However if enough of you wants something bad enough, you should want it bad enough to make the choice to be "awesome" at your endeavor. I really liked the section on what the author called critics math as well. We need to learn to focus on what is great, and not put all of our energy into our minority of critics. To paraphrase a story told by the author about the founder and then CEO of Southwest Airlines, Herb Kellleher's response to a vocal critic "We will miss you". Great advice.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the pop culture metaphors sprinkled throughout the audio book. Great energy and execution in the story and I like how even though it is a practical book the author manages to weave a narrative in about how he got to where he is today. "How did I get here!" Say it with an exclamation point and not a question mark. Great advice.


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