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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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This is a book that i highly recommend reading. If you are ready to make a change in your life you won't be disappointed and you will probably think of a number of others to give it to as a gift! PLEASE keep in mind though that this book can only be life changing if you are willing to make a change. It is like the old saying, "you can lead a horse to water but you can not make him drink"!
I've already devoured the book this is excerpted from, Start by Jon Acuff, and HIGHLY recommend it (and also Quitter). This selection gives a great picture of the overall theme of the book, which dives further into how to start, without assuming a one-fits-all approach, and strikes a great balance by avoiding a watered-down self-help style or an overly complex set of rules. Instead, Acuff taps into the simplicity of getting started and identifies great tips for avoiding common pitfalls - and how to fulfill your current roles/responsibilities all the while.
Acuff outlines a five phase approach: Learning, Editing, Mastering, Harvesting and Guiding. Each time he highlights ways in which we try to skip phases or leave one early (which leaves us flat on our face), I found myself nodding - relating to having committed many of those missteps myself.
Acuff doesn't shy away from the challenges we'll inevitably face on the road to awesome and the tensions that exist - between where we are and where we want to be, between our current roles and the path to awesome, and being realistic about our present yet wildly unrealistic about our dreams (and so much more). Start is not just another "flash in the pan" inspirational book. It's not just another "how to" self-help book. It's both, and yet more. Acuff exposes vulnerability and shares places he stumbled on the road to awesome as relatable examples of how he personally learned some of the advice he imparts, which prevents him from adopting a condescending tone. You know, from his storytelling style, that he's been (and is) right in the trenches alongside us.
In the midst of all of the great, useful content, Start is also quite funny! I found myself laughing out loud repeatedly and insisting my husband let me read him whole passages aloud. :)
If nothing else, this reminder is worth the cost of the book itself, "Regardless of your age or station in life, it all comes down to one simple truth: you just have to start." (p17)
As if that wasn't enough, Acuff also providing handy checklists in the back corresponding to the book's content AND developed [...] to support developing a greater sense of community for us to overcome our negative internal voices by acknowledging, "Me too".
Check out the article linked above if you want a preview, then go read Start in it's entirety!