The Heart To Start

Stop Procrastinating & Start Creating
Narrated by: David Kadavy
Length: 2 hrs and 25 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (123 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Heart to Start is solid advice from David Kadavy. It's not too late.” (Seth Godin, author of Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us)

“Read it, then share it with a friend. I loved it.” (Jeff Goins, best-selling author of Real Artists Don't Starve)

“I wish this was the book I started with. I desperately needed it.” (James Altucher, entrepreneur and best-selling author of Choose Yourself)

Don't die before you make your dent in the universe.

Do you ever feel like you have something special to offer the world? Something that only you can bring to the table? 

With your unique talents, past experiences, and passions, you can make something totally new. 

Is it a novel? Is it a screenplay? A Michelin-star restaurant? Maybe it's the next billion-dollar app, or a world-changing non-profit. 

Whatever it is, it's your art. And it's just waiting to get out of you. All you have to do is start. 

In The Heart to Start, David Kadavy takes you through his journey from cubicle-dweller to best-selling author, showing you how to systematically break through creative resistance, overcome perfectionism, and bring your work into the world. 

  • Find "The Art Inside You", and learn to see the forces that keep you from making it real. Tap into your potential. 
  • Catch yourself "Inflating the Investment", and learn how to find the time to follow your art, even if you feel like you don't have the time. 
  • Bust through writer's block by overcoming "The Linear Work Distortion." 
  • Use your own procrastination to your advantage with "Motivational Judo." 

The examples are woven amongst the stories of great creators. From Maya Angelou to Seth Godin. From J. K. Rowling to Steven Pressfield. You'll hear from a Hollywood screenwriter, a chef, and even a creator of a hit board game. 

The world needs your work, so don't wait. Listen now, and find the time, motivation, and confidence to make your art real.

©2017 Kadavy, Inc. (P)2017 Kadavy, Inc.

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Get Curious!

Great, quick book! I listened to it over the course of an afternoon/evening. I’ve been kicking myself for a LONG time about not doing what I keep saying I want to do and I’m hopeful that with his explanations and tips I will finally “Just get started.” I always tend toward audiobooks that are narrated by the author, David was a bit challenging to listen to, a bit dry and monotonous, but I was determined to get the lessons and it was short, so....

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When you need a little encouragement!

This book surprised me as being a great "pump me up" resource. Even the semi-nerdy voice of the author gave the stories legitimacy. Instead of a paid actor the candid honesty, and yes sometimes monotone, voice of the author was soothing. I recommend this book and encourage you to find the heart to start.

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Know ThySelf and Create Your Art

Great book...Start If you are a perfectionist or a procrastinator (we all have done it) get this book. Know ThySelf and Move with Our Hearts came to mind came to mind as I went through the book. Start and Create something great.

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Guide with a good points backed up by own exp.

Guide with a good points backed up by authors skin in the game. Well this book is mostly authors experience. Something like more comprehensive 5s rule from Mel Robins for me with Mark Mansons "the work behing all of that (being a rock star for example) that you dont want to do" (no actually this part I inserted there myself a bit). I wrote some stuff into the review of How to Write a book and this book is kind of more psychologicaly/philosphically oriented extension of that (and I think those philosophical/psychological/esthetic statements are not well/in-depth enough built for me). Its quite short, but comprehensive, not much sauce added up. Overall great tools and tips, I am personally fan of many tools David uses and recommends (and GTD is the biggest even if not mentioned in this book). Heart to start is the first part of the journey (I personaly like the concept of ready, fire, aim - not that much mentioned too), then you have to persist (by building a habit) and in some ventures learn how to start again and again (most successful people are actually persistent more than talented in many cases, some got luck, some got mix of all). By now my rating is 3.9 stars for me. - those advices are great, but not entirely new, but I really like they are backed up by Davids personal experience. But I got a little bit of feeling that there is probably too much packaging in comparison to the actual content. Yet in this particular review my ego is involved in the rating: I have the same urge to express myself, debilitating perfectionism and similar procastination+alike problems as the author thou authors ego triggers me a bit and probably it could be only projection.

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Inspirational and Useful

Very good quotes, examples, true life stories. Lots of examples and stories that I have experienced and from which I have already drawn the same conclusions. Especially good for people starting out but an encouragement for those with experience to keep at it.

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Concise and Impactful

Enjoyed the narration and inspiring stories. It had me look at where I've been stopped and what I can do to just simply start.

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I was gifted with two aha moments.

Short motivational read or listen that gets to the heart of what keeps many of us in a perpetual state of non-starting or half-starts. I like his personal examples, guest examples from his podcast, as well as the running story lines throughout the book that reinforce his message and bring it to life. Personal motivation and habit development gems are tucked away in this book. I was gifted with two aha moments.

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Great information

This book shares great information, if at times presented judgmentally. While often read conversationally, which is delightful, parts of the book sound as if they might be digitally assembled. There is just a fraction too much time between words in every chapter heading and quote, making it a bit uncomfortable.

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A good listen

A good listen and lots of practical ideas. Small steps give us momentum, starting is half the battle and it's okay to suck at things are important lessons on how to get past ourselves.

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Just what I needed!

I kept finding myself thinking “wow, that’s exactly what’s going on in my head”. If the title got your attention, this book is for you! It is simple and deep at the same time, ultra concise and to the point. If you’re stuck, this might be a life-changer.

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  • Vidas Pinkevicius
  • 09-01-18

This book will give you the courage to begin

I have read a Kindle version and listened to the audio version of this book. David Kadavy will help you find the courage to start living your life on your own terms and not be paralyzed by the fear of failure and fear of success. It helped me write my first book on creativity.

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  • 03-05-20

Brilliant and generous

Having listened to David’s podcast for a while now I figured it was worth listening to this audiobook. He’s generous with practical advice told through gripping and engaging personal stories. I’d recommend it for anyone who has ideas - creative, entrepreneurial or community focused and is nervous about taking action on their ideas.