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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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    Thundersinspring Boston, MA, United States 12-20-11
    Thundersinspring Boston, MA, United States 12-20-11 Member Since 2011
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    "My eyes welled up several times!"

    Blake actually reads his own book, and than is really very cool. He is so down to earth, you can't help but love him. His message is really worth listening to, and I think he accomplishes his objective. He tells you what it is at the end of his story. He's got me thinking in new directions, I never even thought about before. The story itself, is actually amazing, and all along it he gives you advice. I really think you should give it a try. Thanks Blake!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Jasper, IN, United States 06-19-12
    Thomas Jasper, IN, United States 06-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "AWESOME"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this books to many friends, already I just love the story but also the fact that it gives you resoiurces to use to follow your own passion to be able to "Start something that Matters"


    What did you like best about this story?

    His Story on how he got started and then how his ideas began to grow.


    Which character – as performed by Blake Mycoskie – was your favorite?

    Blake himself


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I've listened to it twice now and have gone out a baught a copy to tab and highlight for future references.


    Any additional comments?

    I would encourage everyone with a passion about anything to go and read this one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joleen Frazee, MN, United States 05-03-12
    Joleen Frazee, MN, United States 05-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story of purpose and inspiration!"
    If you could sum up Start Something That Matters in three words, what would they be?

    Inspiring...Motivating...Challenging


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration is the one thing I had trouble with...his tone and reading style I did find annoying, I'm sad to say. I still listened to this audio twice because I was so encouraged by the stories and content but had to push myself passed the narration style. I appreciate that the author wanted to perform the reading but his choppiness and very predictable inflections at the end of every sentence made the audio part...sorry I have to say it...annoying.


    Any additional comments?

    I completely love the finding a deeper purpose stories of not only TOMS but many other stories included. It made me very envious of all the people that found their own purpose and greater purpose because it helped others. Very likely I will listen to this audio a 3rd time and hope inspiration hits me square in the face.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    FunnyBaldMan Michigan 03-28-12
    FunnyBaldMan Michigan 03-28-12 Member Since 2010
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    "I almost didn't buy this. I'm happy I did."
    Would you listen to Start Something That Matters again? Why?

    I almost didn't buy this audio-book. The little sample I heard didn't wow me, but the idea behind the book did. I'm so happy I bought it. I loved the story behind his company and the inspiring stores about the other companies he mentions. It will make you think about your business and your life. I have to see if he sells 10.5 EEE shoes.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Mission Viejo, CA, United States 02-22-12
    Elizabeth Mission Viejo, CA, United States 02-22-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Motivating"
    Where does Start Something That Matters rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I got through it pretty quick because it kept my interest. I put it on 2x speed and that was a perfect tempo.


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

    He made it personal and that made all the difference. He came across as real and unpretentious. He makes the listener feel that they can do it too, his ego is in check.


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

    You must be okay with failing a bunch of times and keep going.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know how political he really is, but, I like how he didn't make his book political. All realms of politics seem to be congested with people that are holier than thou. I have a feeling he's more interested in looking for good in people and he finds it much more often than most.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Melinda Castries, Saint Lucia 11-15-12
    Melinda Castries, Saint Lucia 11-15-12
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    "Blake provides a practical and inspiring guide..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this book is a true testimony to be shared with anyone, particular with friends on their journey to inspire and make a difference in the lives of others.


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

    When Blake reiterates that every venture he undertakes should be a difference in the lives of others and not just the financial gain that he receives. Additionally, using the customer to help make a difference, their involvement is not merely a consumer only but also an advocate of the business. I was able to identify with his leadership style when he describes how to create an organisation that is built on trust and mistakes by employees should be forgiven. I agree there should be zero tolerance for dishonest and untrustworthy employees. Blake's academic referencing adds to the quality of the book.


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

    This is my first time reading Blake's material.


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

    To start off with a small idea that matters and grow it into something big. Also avoiding unnecessary overheads and use the resources that are readily available to grow the business. Having left my job a few weeks ago I needed to hear Blake's professional and personal experiences, suggestions and inspiring message.


    Any additional comments?

    This book has awaken the burning desire within me to succeed as an upcoming entrepeneur. This is inspiring material I will forever reference.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Aimee 07-22-14
    Aimee 07-22-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Inspiring and Genuine"
    What did you love best about Start Something That Matters?

    That Blake read it himself. It added the element of authenticity to the story and allowed me to feel like I was listening to his real story and not a version of it from someone else.


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

    The story of the early days of Toms, and how much they accomplished with creativity, luck, a sense of purpose, and a sense of humor.


    What about Blake Mycoskie’s performance did you like?

    His voice was easy to listen to, and he was totally geniune. He provided some interesting view points on what to consider when thinking about taking a leap and building something of your own, about following your heart with practical and realistic tips.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Redefining what corporate America could be.
    The marriage of making money and doing good for the world.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tupring HARRISVILLE, RI, United States 12-05-13
    Tupring HARRISVILLE, RI, United States 12-05-13 Member Since 2012
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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.


    0 of 0 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 2012
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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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    Joanna Chicago, IL, United States 09-01-12
    Joanna Chicago, IL, United States 09-01-12 Member Since 2011

    Traveler. Artist. Dreamer.

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    "This is the story of TOMS"

    This is the story of how TOMS (the shoe company with a purpose) got its start and how it is run. Truly an interesting story with some examples of how other companies with a purpose got started. This is not a how to guide, rather, it is Blake's story. The narration was not the best. I was just being read, without feeling or emotion (think back to reading aloud in school). Which was kind of a bummer for an inspiring book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Good Story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Start Something That Matters to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed listening to Blake Mycoskie detail his story and how he came about TOMS. Its a story of how Blake formed the company TOMS, it's also about giving back. Sure there are companies out there who do this, yet are they as passionate at Blake? It's a good read and one that will give one food for thought.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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