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:
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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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.
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! :-)
I have no time to sit and read so listen or miss
He is very engaging made more person
excellent book will change how I see myslef my future and some system tios
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.
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.
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!
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!
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"!
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!
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.
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!)
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.
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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All of it he was funny, engaging, and real. When I say real I mean he is realistic about how to start now. It was an awesome book!! :-)
He is funny and enthusiastic.
I learned from all of it and am using all of it in my life. I just threw back to my I pod when I start to fall of track.
He narrates quick, or to say he just talks fast I do to so not a problem for me. But for anyone else just slow down the narration on your I pod. Highly recommended to all. I'm so glad I bought this one.
Read it. That is it Just read it. It is easy to understand.
Less stories about him, more stories about other people who applied this 'theory'
Funny. Rambling. Entertaining.
It annoyed me.
I just finished listening to The Art Of War, and back-to-back this book just seems a bit self indulgent. I find his sense of humor entertaining at times, and at other times I kinda wanted to punch him.I'm 2/3's of the way through, I don't think I can bring myself to finish it.I'm not gonna give up on you Jon, so I'll try Quitter instead.
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