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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Before listening I was doing many of the suggested things. But fear always cropped up. Now I have some validation for what I do as well as tools to punch that darn fear where it hurts! Thanks Jon Acuff!
I listen to 2 to 3 audiobooks a month. This was the most enjoyable, humorous, and actionable book I've listened to in the last year and a half. I hope I some day get to meet Jon thank him for starting me on the road to Awesome.
Excellent listen. Start is the "how to" guide to life and your career. MUST READ.
Thank you Jon. Fantastic book. Very personable. Very real. No hype or bluster. I appreciate your honesty and candor. Useful plus funny and enjoyable too. I plan to listen to this book at least a few more times. Jon please read Quitter and Do Over on Audible too. I don't have time to read with my eyes, just my ears.
One of my favorite stories from the book was the story of Alex Honnold, the one legged mountain climber who is in his element when he is in the mountains, in spite of of his limitations. I also enjoyed the question posed something along the lines of : who are you not to pursue your dreams? Your light helps other people shine. Imagine if the person that found the cure for X had not? START.
Witty,relatable,stories and encouragement.
Success is defined only by you. Most sucessful people have a daily routines and a faith in themsevles (confidence) and go through the different stages of the pursuit of their goals. That gets you to the best version of you. Who knows whom you might be in the future? Be your secret self :)
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The author is genuine. This is not hype. It's actually a reminder of things we know but forget, ignore or drown out with negative self talk. Here is someone who has walked the walk and shows the journey in an engaging way. He's a wonderful storyteller. I listened to the book realizing that the prize in life goes to those who can continue to press forward and re-imagine the possibilities when the path we're on turns out to be something we no longer want to be on. I gifted copies to all three of my 20-something children. Adopting Jon Acuff's worldview earlier rather than later will greatly improve the quality of their daily lives.
"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.
struck in a rut? going round in circles? Get Start and you will get started.
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