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Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work that Matters

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11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

This is a book about improving your life ¿ maybe even making ast

This is a book about improving your life – maybe even making astounding changes for the better. It will help you, and the writing is terrific.
If you’re reading 100 reviews here, trying to make up your mind to spend $10-$15… you really need this book. Badly.
As I w...
This is a book about improving your life – maybe even making astounding changes for the better. It will help you, and the writing is terrific.
If you’re reading 100 reviews here, trying to make up your mind to spend $10-$15… you really need this book. Badly.
As I write this, my amazing wife is online shopping for a new bike helmet. She has been browsing bike helmets for 11 months…
Don’t be like that. Buy this book now and START, OK?

posted by MikeLoomis1 on April 27, 2013

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6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Who did the formating?!

Awesome book so far. I am going to go insane having words broken on the margins. Very poor file formatting. Docking stars for that.

posted by 3187511 on April 22, 2013

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  • Posted April 20, 2013

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    I won an advance copy of Start from author Robin O'Bryant's blog

    I won an advance copy of Start from author Robin O'Bryant's blog, and I'm so glad I did. This is a motivational book packed with great insights, presented with a light, easy-to-read writing style. Acuff shares his ideas in an upbeat, modern, often funny way that breathes new life into all the old truths we know to be true and tend to forget in the day-to-day grind (or, maybe, even truths you never knew to be true).

    My copy is seriously dog-earred and highlighted, and I plan to buy a handful of new clean copies to share with others so they can do the same.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2014

    I know. Another motivational book. "Reach your full potenti

    I know. Another motivational book. "Reach your full potential! You can be amazing! Just follow the 29-step plan in this book exactly and the world is yours! Then pay thousands of dollars for our seminars, where we reveal all the secrets you need to know for an amazing life!" Fortunately, this is not that book. This is a book about starting. Start is more than a menu on Windows (at least versions up to Windows 7; I'm not sure about 8). The concept is simple. If you want to do something, start. If you want to be a writer, start writing. If you want to exercise more, start exercising. He identifies 5 stages of activity, Learning, Editing, Mastering, Harvesting, Guiding. Traditionally, you would start the Learning phase in your 20s and gradually work your way up to Guiding in your 60s. That's not the way it is anymore. Thanks to the Internet, you can start anywhere, anytime. The book doesn't claim that the Internet is some miracle tool that will magically transform your life (like some books I read in the late 1990s-early 2000s). The Internet simply removes some of the traditional barriers that used to hold you back. You go through the steps in order. Don't worry about making mistakes, that's just part of the process. The book also says not to settle for average. Dexter Yager, one of the largest distributors in the Amway network, said that average was, "bottom of the top, and top of the bottom. Cream of the crap." (His words, not mine.) Obviously, there's no cookie cutter approach to this. The hardest thing in all of this, or any book like this, is to actually do what the book says. Do it, and you could be awesome. No guarantees. The author does mention his availability for speaking engagements, but there aren't any expensive follow-up seminars. All in all, a good book.

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  • Posted July 16, 2013

    Jon's first book Quitter was life-changing for me in helping me

    Jon's first book Quitter was life-changing for me in helping me to pursue my dreams. I didn't feel as connected with this book as I did with Quitter, but this is a must read for anyone that may feel a little lost on their "journey to awesome." Jon's trademark humor and self-deprecating story telling are again present in this book, which reads very much like a continuation to Quitter in how to start pursuing your dreams. He divides the process into several stages: Learning, editing, mastering, harvesting and guiding. Each dream/goal exists in one of these states.Depending on your goals and where you are at in them, you could be in any or all of these stages. The overall message is that if you don't like something in your life - change it. He provides a great analogy where your life is a diamond mine - you pick what's a rock and what's a diamond. His story about learning to be a speaker for a rehab crowd was also very powerful. If you love what you do it doesn't matter where you do it.

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