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Start.: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average, and Do Work That Matters Hardcover – April 22, 2013
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About the Author
Jon Acuff has authored three books, including the Wall Street Journal best-seller Quitter, which has helped thousands of people close the gap between their day jobs and their dream jobs. In 2010, Jon joined the Dave Ramsey team as a full-time author and speaker. Jon’s wildly popular blog, StuffChristiansLike.net, has more than 4 million readers worldwide and was the inspiration for his first book, Stuff Christians Like, published by Zondervan. Follow Jon on Twitter @jonacuff and online at jonacuff.com.
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What about a person who has skills in their career but is not one who is ready or even wants public attention. I want to make waves but I want to be the brains behind someone elses face. How to be the introverted success story? I like to solve problems I don't want to stand up talking about it. We know that is where a lot of these self-help folks make their money, in speaking engagements, blogs, or pod-cast subscriptions.
So to me this is not a self-help book, but a story of someone who changed their average into extrodinary.
People love to write short lines like this and put sevreal of them on a page by themsleves with 17 sub-headings per page.
Who started this?
It's really addictive, isn't it?
Like getting little text messages from the author every two seconds.
I blame Rob Bell.
The paragraph is dying quickly in this age of blogging and texting, and perhaps deservedly so. However this book manages to use all of these modern writing devices to communicate some timeless principles effectively and humorously. Then it goes a step further by not just suggesting applications but putting them in appendices that are extremely user friendly. I found this book laugh out loud funny and extemely valuable as a tool for finding further direction.
Moreover, I found the book gave me permission to do two extremely important acts concerning my future: A) start doing something about it and not think about it. and B) Experiment without the pressure of having my experiment become a lifetime commitment after just 3 months.
So, if you are seeking direction for a major life change or just looking to confirm a little right turn you want to take , you cannot go wrong with this boook.
Now, I'm off to live my dream and create a blog to elongate America's attention span through the use of extended paragraphs.
Pray for me.
This book really just encourages you to find your "inner awesome" and just START working on your dreams. Jon Acuff writes with humor and preciseness. I love this quote from the book: "We start to believe that dreaming or walking down the road to awesome is an inherently selfish idea. As if you only have two options: abandon every commitment you have and dream, or resign yourself to an average life in order to honor your commitments. What if there was a third way? A way to honor all your commitments even while you completely change your life and the world in the process? ... What if you could start today?" (pp.42-43)
This book is challenging, encouraging, and most of all, motivating. Plus, it's FUN to read!! Since I read it, I've started leaning into who I was called to be, rather than hiding from it. I've started to learn how to find a balance between maintaining my commitments between work and my dreams. I started believing that it's not Either-Or in my life, but AND.
Add this book to your reading list, and expect life-change. And awesomeness.
My only complaint, and it's not a biggie, is that I cringed every time he uttered the words escape or etcetera. It's not pronounced ek-scape or ek-cetera.
I recall once when I phoned a university library, the person who answered, obviously a student, picked up: "Li-berry." I almost hung up the phone. In my mind, it undermined all credibility of the school.
But getting back to the book, I do recommend it. The author never claimed to have graduated from Harvard.
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I highly recommend this book, but I no fluff just actual info on going from average to awesome.