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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Lampo Press (April 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937077594
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937077594
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (426 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jon Acuff is a Wall Street Journal best-selling author. Jon speaks nationally on a variety of subjects and is the author of three books: Quitter (Lampo Press); Gazelles, Baby Steps And 37 Other Things Dave Ramsey Taught Me About Debt (Lampo Press); and Stuff Christians Like (Zondervan®).  Jon’s wildly popular blog, StuffChristiansLike.net, has more than 3 million readers. 


More About the Author

Jon Acuff used to be a Serial Quitter. He had eight jobs in eight years, constantly hoping the next one would be different. From writing advertising for The Home Depot to branding for companies like Bose and Staples, he's no stranger to the cubicle. In 2010, Jon closed the gap between his day job and his dream job when he joined the Dave Ramsey team to become a full-time author. He has contributed to CNN.com, speaks nationally on a variety of subjects, and is the author of three books: Quitter; Gazelles, Baby Steps And 37 Other Things Dave Ramsey Taught Me About Debt; and Stuff Christians Like. He lives in Nashville, TN, with his wife and two daughters.

Customer Reviews

His humor and outlook on life make the book very entertaining and easy to read.
Heather Goyette
If you're like me and you feel like you can never get any traction in life, you just keep spinning your wheels, give the book a try,I know I'm glad I did.
Larry D. Price Jr.
I have "started" on my own path to awesome and I am so thankful for a book like Jon's to help guide me there.
Rebecca Tudor

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302 of 370 people found the following review helpful By vaxhack on May 27, 2013
Format: Audible Audio Edition
Where to begin. My wife downloaded this book and we listened to it during a road trip this weekend.

It started well enough, but as chapter turned into platitude stuffed chapter, the eye rolling increased and the hope of a helpful book diminished. Basically, you have a guy who has moderate success for a few short years holed up in an office banging out an outline of how to be "awesome" even though he really hasn't done all that much himself. Most of the book isn't "wrong", but merely common sense ideas put into an outline and then expanded with personal experiences, cherry-picked studies and made-up platitudes about being awesome.

Wanna "Start"? Be prepare to write lists. There are lists of lists that he wants you to write down. Write down your abilities and assets. Write down your goals and dreams. Is this practical? Probably. Someone who sits down and does this will be encouraged to "start." After all, making a list is itself defined as "starting." Is making lists a ground-breaking idea or worthy of its own book? Are the lists he suggests more insightful than the lists suggested by thousands of other motivational book authors? Hardly. Hardly.

The author tries to protect himself from flaws in his logic or methods by using self-deprecating humor to point out that he isn't perfect. For instance, he mocks (accurately) such pithy, worthless statements we all seem to associate with motivational speakers like "Step out in faith" and "Follow your dreams and the universe will open doors...". This gives you the false hope that maybe THIS guy actually understands the frustration of listening to such nonsense. However, the author then proceeds to fill the book with his own, made up nonsense statements: "Don't focus on accomplishments, focus on awesome!
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I was first introduced to Jon Acuff's honest but witty style on the Dave Ramsey radio program. As I am seeking a new start in my life and switching career paths. I thought this book would be great for me, wow was I ever right! Its a book of starting now! Not in the all or nothing type of way more in the change has to be simple type of way. Its about reaching the harvesting stage faster not about shortcuts through life.

START will have you thinking about your life in a serious manner, but with a smile on your face. This books is not about the finish line instead it is about starting to chase your dream whatever it may be in a deliberately realistic yet uncontrollably unrealistic way. I found this book a breath of fresh air in the world of "you can do that later" Its a START now!!! type of book.

So you want to make a difference!!? You want your life to mean something!? You want to be a better man/woman!!? So you want a new career!!? Take Jon Acuff's advice and START! It doesn't have to be a big thing you don't have to cure aids today but if that's your goal picking up a biology book isn't a bad start and Jon explains that's all you have control of. You can not control whether that book leads you down one of a million paths or if your dream changes. There is one thing every awesome life has in common the person behind it was willing to take the deliberate steps to start down the path that lead them through the desert of doubt and into the forest of AWESOME!!! As Jon Acuff says "Awesome? It's a little dangerous. There may be dragons in those woods(spoiler alert: there are)" . But what is life without a little excitement? Average, and to be average you don't have to do anything, but your life wont be awesome either.

But you might think something is holding you back.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By WEK on May 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I learn from reading, but this is the first time I've learned from reviewing. As I prepared my write-up, I came to a shameful realization: I have a literary superiority problem. (That furious nodding sound you hear is my wife.) My review was going to begin with a disclaimer about how I generally don't read self-help books (or "personal development", or whatever you want to call them). I was then going to make a snide remark about how, as much as I really enjoyed the book and found it a valuable addition to my library, the author's fondness for all forms of the word "awesome" (especially "awesomeness") was tiresome and immature. Really? Who cares? I found it insightful, even (perhaps especially?) the simplest insights. I enjoyed it. And I need to get over myself.
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40 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Danny Kofke on April 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I did not think Mr. Acuff could write a better book than "Quitter" but he has done it! No matter where you currently find yourself, "Start" shows you how to go from just being average to becoming awesome. The message that spoke to me the loudest was to just start. Many of us have a destination in mind (which I think is important but should not be set in stone) and feel that certain things have to be in place before we start following our passions. This has held many back on their path to becoming awesome. Mr. Acuff shows us that we cannot control where the finish line is - we can only control when and where we start. I highly recommend this book to those that want to follow their dreams and passions and not just live an average life.

Danny Kofke - Author of "A Simple Book Of Financial Wisdom: Teach Yourself (and your kids) How To Live Wealthy With Little Money" and "How To Survive (and perhaps thrive) On A Teacher's Salary"
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