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Start Something That Matters | [Blake Mycoskie]

Start Something That Matters

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.
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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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    Sam 04-21-15
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    one of the most likely to be a book, in this recent years. overall the best.

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    szeyong 03-31-15
    szeyong 03-31-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Inspirational!"

    Thank you Blake for such an inspirational sharing of your heartbeat and valuable tips in starting something that matters. Awesome!

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    Jennifer Lynn Schwert 02-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Creating a story."

    I am preparing to launch a company and planned to donate a percent of profits to charity from the first day. Now, this book has inspired me to do more than just donate money. My product is not a direct one for one type of product, but I'm sure I can figure out an amazing way to touch lives.

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    yanjeliz perez 02-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "great book"

    I love this book. I recommend it to everyone. I definitely learned a lot about business and life in general, from this book.

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    Ozzie Hernandez 02-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A great man with a great story"

    The great things in life are simple. As explained in this book-we tend to overly complicate ourselves and missing out on the blissful moment. The simple act of giving goes a long way for many and the returns are more then rewarding-they are true happiness! It has answered all my questions-now I need to act. Much Love, OH

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    Kevin San Diego, CA, United States 01-22-15
    Kevin San Diego, CA, United States 01-22-15 Member Since 2013

    KevCo Smith loves scuba diving in Maui, living in La Jolla San Diego, learning from reading. Works as a Personal Trainer, Advocare Sales Advisor, Real Estate Agent and Investor. Also enjoys outdoor water sports and traveling.

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    "Inspiring one person at a time"

    Starting a company with the goal to give back rather than for profit and give back as an after thought was a major point I thank you for Congratulations to everyone who is inspired by this

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    Andy Crawford Sydney 11-27-14
    Andy Crawford Sydney 11-27-14 Member Since 2014
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It could do with being about twice as long, with some depth to the stories and a bit more of a narrative thread. It all felt pretty disjointed to me and barely scratched the surface of what I thought it would. I could also have done without the numerous lists of resources. This might work in hardcopy but not in an audiobook.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It just sort of petered out. Nothing very memorable about it.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Since the narrator and the author are the same person, I thought it would be quite an animated, inspiring and passionate reading. unfortunately it was a little flat.


    What did you take away from Start Something That Matters that you can apply to your work?

    There was some interesting and thought provoking points but they were few and far between sadly.


    Any additional comments?

    I so dearly wanted to like this but I just couldn't. At just under 5 hours long, this book is incredibly light weight. It doesn't go into much depth about anything in particular (except when a couple of times it seems to go off on extended tangents about loosely related topics). Sorry Blake, I have massive respect for what you do, and I love the TOMS story, this just isn't a great book.

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    Tupring HARRISVILLE, RI, United States 12-05-13
    Tupring HARRISVILLE, RI, United States 12-05-13
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    "A Must Read For Any Entrepreneur"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Blake Mycoskie shows us that being an entrepreneur doesn't have to be a "dog eat dog" endeavor. Corporations with a positive social mission can be successful with an ROI that goes far beyond anything a balance sheet can calculate. Truly Inspiring.


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    Omar 12-21-12
    Omar 12-21-12 Member Since 2015

    “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” - Albert Einstein

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    "Great guy, good story... mediocre business book"

    May be I was looking for the wrong thing, but I was waiting for some insights and lessons fro the guy who started this sensational business, didn't find any though!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    JOB ROCHESTER, NY, United States 11-18-12
    JOB ROCHESTER, NY, United States 11-18-12 Member Since 2014
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    "One of the BEST!!!!"

    Just get it!!! This is a wonderful book! Inspiring, Educative, Funny at certain points! I am Tom's fan too. Thank you Blake!!!

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