Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done

Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done

by Jon Acuff


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From New York Times bestselling author Jon Acuff, a book for those who want relief from always starting and never being done.

Jon Acuff, sought-after speaker and consultant, is the friend who always gives you great advice. With his self-depricating humor and charm, he has won over hundreds of thousands of followers, who come to him for both encouragement and a kick in the pants. Now, after showing you how to reboot your career in his New York Times bestseller Do Over, Acuff shows chronic starters how to actually finish their goals in an age of bottomless distractions and endless opportunities.

Acuff knows the reason why many writers' novels go unfinished—it's the same reason why gyms are filled in the first week of January, and empty by the end of the month, and why people stop learning a new language once they get past the easy parts. It's not just that people lose momentum or get distracted. People give up on projects when they fail to live up to their own high expectations and decide that if they can't do something perfectly they won't do it at all. If you're going to finish, you have to kill perfectionism.

Drawing on his popular 30 Days of Hustle course, Acuff teaches readers to short-circuit perfectionism and make it through to the end of a task. Whether it's by "choosing what to bomb" or "cutting a goal in half," he shows readers how to move past "the day after perfect," get focused, and—finally- finish.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591847625
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/12/2017
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 811,493
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jon Acuff is the New York Times-bestselling author of five books including his most recent, Do Over. He's helped some of the biggest brands in the world tell their story, including The Home Depot, Bose, Staples, and the Dave Ramsey Team. Most recently he's spoken to hundreds of thousands of people at companies such as Microsoft, Nissan and Comedy Central. Featured regularly on national media, Jon has been seen on CNN, Fox News, Good Day LA and several other key outlets.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Wrong Ghost 1

Chapter 1 The Day After Perfect 7

Chapter 2 Cut Your Goal in Half 19

Chapter 3 Choose What to Bomb 31

Chapter 4 Make It Fun if You Want It Done 47

Chapter 5 Leave Your Hiding Places and Ignore Noble Obstacles 73

Chapter 6 Get Rid of Your Secret Roles 99

Chapter 7 Use Data to Celebrate Your Imperfect Progress 123

Chapter 8 The Day Before Done 169

Conclusion 187

Acknowledgments 191

Notes 193

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Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the whole thing and Jon (yet again) keeps throwing in comedy at the right places. Thanks for this! I will be recommending this and sharing bits and pieces in conversation. It made me realize why my 3 year band project even failed. A drummer was afraid to finish the project. Valuable insight, worth it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the principles and the humor.
Jody Sneed More than 1 year ago
JON ACUFF HAS BEEN READING MY MAIL!!! And for the past 50+ years... I've read his first book. Got Quitter, Do Over and Starter. Just haven't gotten around to reading them... Then I was fortunate enough to be an advance reviewer of Finish, which had a deadline of TODAY for a review (so I had to finish). First, I've been a fan since his blogging days. My family joined in (my eldest went to a book signing in a gorilla costume and got a selfie with Acuff but that's a different story). Second, the book is precious, yes, precious because it is based on facts - the hard data I cannot refute or rationalize away. Third, it is NOT self-help. It is self awareness. His last book was about punching fear in the face - this one is about shaking yourself by the shoulders, clearing away the fog that prevents you from seeing the next step in your possibilities: staying with the diet, the reading or exercise plan, the everyday stuff we give up on so easily. And fourth, it is sincere, authentic, honest and darn funny - you can laugh with him and yourself and others - never at any of them, including yourself. Acuff has a true Will Rogers approach to life and the success we all want in our everyday lives - and to model for our kids and others around us. This is the best gift book in years, for yourself and people you care about. I know, where are the quotes and funny stories from the book? Not going to spoil the ride for you! Even the golfers!
JMLuchun More than 1 year ago
Finish focuses on those goals you have attempted to complete but was sidetracked by life, circumstances, or busyness. The ideas discussed provide an interesting mix of self-help, research based introspection that is missing in many leadership books today. From being led to cut goals in half, determining to be really bad at more peripheral items, all while having fun along the way will lead to a stronger finish. Overall, this isn’t my kind of book. While it offers many easy to understand principles to finishing well, it seems to be lacking in overall depth. If you have read many other books by Acuff, this will not disappoint. His candor and writing style speaks volumes to his desire to see people succeed and hear his voice as your biggest cheerleader along the path to the finish.