Start Something That Matters

Start Something That Matters

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by Blake Mycoskie

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ISBN-10: 1400069181

ISBN-13: 9781400069187

Pub. Date: 09/06/2011

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

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


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 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 such other innovative organizations as method, 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.

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Table of Contents

Author Note xi

1 The Toms Story 3

2 Find Your Story 21

3 Face Your Fears 45

4 Be Resourceful Without Resources 69

5 Keep it Simple 97

6 Build Trust 123

7 Giving is Good Business 153

8 The Find Step 175

Acknowledgments 187

A Reader's Guide 191

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Start Something That Matters 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Copygirl More than 1 year ago
If you've ever had a dream of how you can change the world or start a business or pursue your passion, Start Something That Matters will make you believe you can do it. Blake's easy-to-read book includes not just the story of TOMS but of other dreamers who have made an impact to illustrate his seven key principals. I got my book free as a blogger, but it's one I would be willing to pay for. And for every book sold, a children's book will be donated to kids who need books. It's a win-win.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Blake wrote this book to open people's brains to the concept of starting a business that makes money, and a difference, at the same time. The TOMS story is fantastic, and he explains other similar businesses and what they are achieving around the globe. A must read for entrepreneurs and anyone considering a start-up. Spread the word--there are good things happening out there!
Heidi_G More than 1 year ago
Blake Mycoskie started TOMS shoe company after visiting Argentina and learning that many children there didn't own shoes, leading to infections and diseases from dirt-born parasites. The business donates one pair of shoes for every pair sold. This quick read describes the challenges and joys of getting the business going, along with how it became so successful; however, the majority of the book focuses on how we as humans can become our own destiny. The chapter titles say it all, among them: " Find Your Story, Face Your Fears, Build Trust, and Giving is Good Business." The chapters are simplistic but contain information which is so true. Decide what it is you really want, have the courage to go for it, and remember the people who helped you along the way. In other words, give back as much as you are able. This is truly an inspiring book which I am happy to highly recommend. Am sending a copy to my son in college this week!
bookhimdanno More than 1 year ago
WOW!!! I loved this book. The way the information was presented made me want to keep reading. I loved the stories of other businesses that are charity based and how they started and are now thriving. The need in the world is huge and it may seem impossible to do anything, but this book gives you small doable solutions to help out others. Have you ever thought that you are only one person and cannot do anything to help.well read this book and you will know that there are tons of things you can do every day to help someone somewhere. I read this book in one setting and I couldn't put it down. The personal stories and the stories of others brought the book to life. Why not have a business that is for-profit and for helping those in need. If we don't have enough then how can we help anyone? This is a book that everyone out there should read and think about. What can you do? Anything is something to someone out there in need. I will be making this book and a pair of TOMS part of my Christmas giving this year. Get this book and start something that matter how small someone will be eternally grateful for what you do. READ THIS BOOK TODAY! The publisher is giving one book to a child in need for every book purchased.
Jen_12381 More than 1 year ago
As a photographer who is looking to take her craft full-time but also give back, this book was just what I needed to read. Blake not only shares what he has learned through the journey of building the TOMS brand and company but also what others who have similar business models have learned to help others who want to build businesses that are not only for profit but also help others. Great tool! I will definitely be reading it again :)
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MBlank More than 1 year ago
The idea of "buy 1, give 1" was a good idea. It's inspiring to know that Blake built Tom's from the bottom to the top but once I read passed that part, the book kind of sank for me. I would not recommend purchasing but worth browsing in-store or borrowing from the local library.
DebCarr More than 1 year ago
It is a fascinating read, and a great book for helping the budding entrepreneur to "find the right niche". It is a great book for casual non-fiction reading, even if I didn't want to create a company that would serve both to feed me and give back to the community.
L.A.Carlson-writer More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I've read on the entrepreneurial spirit. Mycoskie started a shoe business on guts alone and it's interesting to read how when he met a brick wall (the shoe dogs) he kept searching for someone who would make his shoes. His ideas of using interns, keeping his business model simply and rewarding his employees with fun when he didn't have a great deal of money all make sense. He offers additional stories on other successful companies and websites of interest. Most of all Mycoskie believed in the power of his idea and the story to sell his product. It's a lesson anyone interested in starting something that matters will immediately get. Now I need to add this book to my personal collection and start my own dream.
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samcivy More than 1 year ago
Start Something That Matters Blake Mycoskie ©2011, Chief Shoe Giver, TOMS Random House Publishing Group, NY ISBN 978-1-4000-6918-7 (eBook 978-0-679-60352-8) 185 pp. (Hdbk) While visiting Argentina, the author notices simple shoes many natives wear. He decides to adapt the style to American markets and starts his own business. As part of his business model he vows that for every pair he sells he’ll give a pair of free shoes to a child in a third world country. How he and a few helpers begin producing his TOMS shoes in a small apartment in California is a story of persistence, follies and successes told with humor and a good-natured tone. The author challenges others to follow his lead and start a business not only for profit but to change the world. An admirable, quick-to-read account of an admirable young man, one worth learning from and copying.
xasiandollx More than 1 year ago
What an amazing man! Great story.
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Charmaine_Hammond More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Blake¿s' book Start Something that Matters, and I was so engrossed in the content, I could not put it down. From cover to cover, this book is full of inspiration, business building strategies and examples of how one idea can change a life! From a corporate perspective I thoroughly appreciated Blake¿s description on the qualities that are essential in a team and leadership: trust, autonomy, engagement, creating champions and partnerships, and the foundation of corporate giving (in more ways than just money). From the community service perspective, I valued Blake¿s examples of the many ways in which an idea can help millions, and how giving creates a cycle of reciprocity. Blake stressed the importance of having a story and sharing your story, this is critical for any project, and business. His tips on creating, sharing and living your story will make a difference in how I approach my next big project. A book that will definitely make a difference in our world! Charmaine Hammond, Author, On Toby¿s Terms
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