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Start Something That Matters Audiobook

Start Something That Matters

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Publisher's Summary

Love your work, work for what you love, and change the world—all at the same time.

What matters most to you? Should you focus on earning a living, pursuing your passions, or devoting yourself to the causes that inspire you? The surprising truth is that you don’t have to choose—and that you’ll find more success if you don’t.

That’s the breakthrough message of the TOMS One for One movement. You don’t have to be rich to give back, and you don’t have to retire to spend every day doing what you love. You can find profit, passion, and meaning all at once—right now.

In Start Something That Matters, Blake Mycoskie tells the story of TOMS, one of the fastest-growing shoe companies in the world, and combines it with lessons learned from other innovative organizations such as Method Products, charity: water, FEED Projects, and TerraCycle. Blake presents the six simple keys for creating or transforming your own life and business, from discovering your core story to being resourceful without resources; from overcoming fear and doubt to incorporating giving into every aspect of your life. No matter what kind of change you’re considering, Start Something That Matters gives you the stories, ideas, and practical tips that can help you get started.

Why this book is for you:

  • You’re ready to make a difference in the world—through your own start-up business, a nonprofit organization, or a new project that you create within your current job.
  • You want to love your work, work for what you love, and have a positive impact on the world—all at the same time.
  • You’re inspired by charity: water, method, and FEED Projects, and want to learn how these organizations got their start.
  • You’re curious about how someone who never made a pair of shoes, attended fashion school, or worked in retail created one of the fastest-growing footwear companies in the world by giving shoes away.
  • You’re looking for a new model of success to share with your children, students, co-workers, and members of your community.

You’re ready to start something that matters.

©2011 Blake Mycoskie (P)2011 Random House

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    shanta Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 02-02-12
    shanta Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 02-02-12
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    "Nice story, slow listening"
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    This audiobook would have been much more riveting if it was read by a professional reader and not the author. I was distracted by the dull slowness and mispronunciation of some words.

    Also, I would have preferred to see it in the autobiography section rather than the business section. Not to sure there is very much business advice but more of a nice story of how one person is trying to make a difference.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie Labishak MARTINS FERRY, OH, US 05-02-16
    Laurie Labishak MARTINS FERRY, OH, US 05-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fabulous read!"

    I read this when it first came out. Hearing Blake narrate it was a great treat! Thank you! Lots of great info in this!

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    Stella Vassilieva 04-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "must read for people dreaming to launch business"

    must read for people dreaming to launch their own business - inspirational yet practical book

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    Marius Vossbeck 03-05-16
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    "Inspiration pur"

    Loved it, very inspiring and motivating with leadership lessons and tips how to build a purpose driven organisation

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    Richard Cosh 02-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book, truly inspiring."

    A very inspiring story with some great advice too! This was exactly the book I was looking for to help with my own social enterprise: The Canadian Project.

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    R. Ulloa 02-05-16
    R. Ulloa 02-05-16
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    "You can make a difference"

    Great ideas of how to star a business and at same time fulfill a need.

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    Norman V. 12-12-15
    Norman V. 12-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A great resource"

    Great book with great ideas. I am ready to start something that matters. stay tuned

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    Paty 11-29-15
    Paty 11-29-15 Member Since 2016
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    "If you're having doubts, ignore them."

    This book will move you from the beginning. Blake provides stories, tips and advice from his life experience & his experience in running TOMS. This is a must have! Seriously, buy it, read it, listen to it. You won't regret it.

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    Smiball Cincinnati, OH, United States 11-13-15
    Smiball Cincinnati, OH, United States 11-13-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Boring"

    My daughter had to read this book for school. I typically read these assignments because I'm interested in what she is learning and so we can discuss the book. I can see how parts of it were relevant moral teachings, but it was really a book to help you think through starting a business which absolutely bored me. The fact that Blake was the narrator made it worse because it was a bunch of I did this and I did thats which got very old.

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    Cali4niachef Delaware 09-13-15
    Cali4niachef Delaware 09-13-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Inspiring!"

    I loved hearing from Blake about his start up and how he operates his business. Fantastic!

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