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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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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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    Cay.S Sydney, Australia 02-20-12
    Cay.S Sydney, Australia 02-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    What made the experience of listening to Start Something That Matters the most enjoyable?

    I learned so much and was deeply inspired by the story


    What did you like best about this story?

    That doing good can still be a good business model


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    shanta Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 02-02-12
    shanta Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 02-02-12 Member Since 2009
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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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Josh EL CAJON, CA, United States 01-24-12
    Josh EL CAJON, CA, United States 01-24-12
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Start Something That Matters to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Start Something That Matters?

    The fact that encourages you to not give up and to help others


    Have you listened to any of Blake Mycoskie’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Do something that matters and give back.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joan Hawthorne, NJ, United States 01-09-12
    Joan Hawthorne, NJ, United States 01-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Very inspiration listen!"
    What made the experience of listening to Start Something That Matters the most enjoyable?

    I purchased this book after reading some other reviews. I was not disappointed at all! In fact, I have listened to it twice now. Blake's story made me want to go out and do


    Have you listened to any of Blake Mycoskie’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was the first time I listened to anything by Blake.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    That if you do something to better society, it would be well worth the time and effort...and could make you a healthy income as well.


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    Jeremy Corman Liege, Belgium 01-08-12
    Jeremy Corman Liege, Belgium 01-08-12 Member Since 2011

    Marketing Manager @Auctelia & co-founder @CafeNlg. #Marketing #Communication #Advertising #Tech

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    "Great story (what remains is a bit too long)."

    Blake Mycoskie relates his own story of TOMS Shoes (based in Santa Monica). The idea behind his company is: you buy a pair of shoes and a new pair will be donated to a child in need of shoes. What I hold through is the art of his storytelling: he has been capable to deliver the power to his customers to spread his message.

    However I think that out of the 5 hours of listening, only the half got my attention 'cause the rest was not especially linked to his story- like business cases you've already heard a thousand times before. Despite this, Blake is passionate, down to earth and he never gives up so only for this, he deserves to be listened to at least once.

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    marcelia Rantoul, IL, United States 01-03-12
    marcelia Rantoul, IL, United States 01-03-12
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    Would you listen to Start Something That Matters again? Why?

    I could not stop listening ! Thank you Blake for letting us know your story !


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Blakes Mom , Because without her we would not have Blake !


    Have you listened to any of Blake Mycoskie’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    That you can still make money while helping other people in a very powerful way !


    Any additional comments?

    Everyone must read this book .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mike VICTORIA, MN, United States 12-12-11
    Mike VICTORIA, MN, United States 12-12-11

    Mike

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    "Inspiring!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Start Something That Matters to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What other book might you compare Start Something That Matters to and why?

    The five secrets you must discover before you die.
    By John Izzo


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

    Personal touch.


    What did you learn from Start Something That Matters that you would use in your daily life?

    Reminded me to be true to myself.


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    Jennifer Bozeman, MT, United States 11-30-11
    Jennifer Bozeman, MT, United States 11-30-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Fantastic!"

    I LOVE this audio book. This is the most inspiring story I have heard in a long time and has spurred some amazing changes in my business. Blake is an amazing dude and I love his narration as well.

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    Glenn Richmond Hill, ON, Canada 11-28-11
    Glenn Richmond Hill, ON, Canada 11-28-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Great story too bad he didn't focus only on that"

    Can not recommend this audio. I respect that he was able to make a profit while helping kids who really need shoes, and found his story very compelling. Unfortunately, he waters down his message by going into how to succeed in business. Do I really need to read how to unclutter my workspace from this book? What bothered me the most was that he was just giving his opinions on business practices, but presented them as if they were best practices just because that???s what he did. While there was some good content like his story and the section on freebies, overall it felt drawn out and preachy in parts.

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    Ragy Dubai, United Arab Emirates 11-13-11
    Ragy Dubai, United Arab Emirates 11-13-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Business for humanity"

    Are businesses made just to make a few people millionaires? Can I start a business that not only sells products and makes profit, but also contributes to social causes? SSTM gave me answers to these questions. I was annoyed of the idea of starting a business in advertising, home appliances, mobile apps, etc. that will only cause someone or some people to get richer, while thousands or millions somewhere else barely survive. SSTM showed me how profits can be shared with social and humanitarian causes, how I can actullay feel good about the business I am running - knowing that my success translates into helping someone in need, how new businesses actually get more support when they have charitable goals.

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