Start Something That Matters

Start Something That Matters

by Blake Mycoskie
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Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400069187
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/06/2011
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 1,207,498
Product dimensions: 5.78(w) x 8.54(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

In 2006, Blake Mycoskie founded TOMS Shoes with a simple business model: “With every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. One for One.” In 2011, TOMS launched its second One for One product, TOMS Eyewear, which with every pair purchased helps give sight to a person in need by providing medical treatment, prescription glasses, or sight-saving surgery. Mycoskie will be using 50 percent of his proceeds from this book to create the Start Something That Matters Fund, which will support inspired readers in their efforts to make a positive impact on the world.
When Blake isn’t working at TOMS, he spends his time reading, writing, fly-fishing, and participating in just about every board sport.

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WanderingPixels More than 1 year ago
I have not reviewed a great number of books, but this one moved me. Blake Mycoskie has produced quite a following with TOMS and this book lays out how that came to be. It is written in a first person, straight forward manner that remains captivating throughout the book. He uses personal insight and first hand experience to explain how I as a regular person, can start something that matters. Obvously the goal is not to have a lot of TOMS look alike companies, but more appropriately, he explains the motivation and ability to successfully combine a for-profit company with a worthwhile cause. The adaptable nature of this basic idea allows his experience to transform ordiary companies to extraordinary businesses that can literally change lives. Even if you are not looking to start your own business or change the way you do business, this book is worthwhile reading for the insight alone.
LWFIGI More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for inspiration to start a new life and create something to make money at but doing something that fulfills you, this is the way to go. Whether you are interested in starting a business or not, this is an interesting “making changes” in your life idea book. I am always ready to read something that could possibly enlighten me somehow to make changes in my life for the better. Out of the box thinking is always interesting and inspiring to me and food for thought. Great advice and inventive ideas fill the pages and will provide the reader with new incentive to fulfill their spirit.
Christina Wright More than 1 year ago
Awesome read. One of those reads that finds you exactly when you need it to.
renee mcmorris More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing im not done yet but i cant put it down! A must readbfor all ages that will understand the struggles of being an entrepreneur!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really found this book a great insightful read. There is great advice, and some very good ideas that are worth to remember.
WilliamD More than 1 year ago
Brilliantly written and certainly makes the point that things that matter can be done!! Very enjoyable and inspiring!!! William
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book and toms!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very motivating and inspirational! Filled with tons of information and great resources!
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
Before reading this book, i never gave any thought to charity or charitable organizations. I started my businesses with only one thing in mind, MONEY! Now i realize that although making money is great, it is not the only way to measure success. Giving and sharing feels just as good now as making money. I can now do both and feel better about my purpose in life. Starting a business is better when you know its for a purpose and when you know you can help change someones life for the better. Toms shoes is a biz with a purpose.
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing and its an eye opener.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like the idea of starting something that makes a difference in the lives of others. While the story is nice I was actually hoping to learn more about 'the how to' of starting a business that would benefit others. As an eBook purchase there isn't really a way to 'scan' the book to see if the desired information is available within the book. I do applaud Blake for his committment to follow through on his dream and to be persistent to reach his goal.
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.
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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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Sherryhl More than 1 year ago
very interesting! can't stop reading it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this for a summer reading project for high school and actually liked it