What I’ve learned from Start by Jon Acuff | February Book Review

“No one says, “I’m going to be average for 65 years and then die.”

The moment I heard that line spoken by Jon, I knew this would be a book I enjoyed. 

Start by Jon Acuff is his kick in your butt to realize that you don’t have to stay average. You’re meant to be awesome and you should go and BE AWESOME. 

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Here are a bit a the things I learned from him in this book: 

  • Life is less about what age you are and more about when you decide to start living. Most people feel like it’s ok to screw up in your twenties and experiment and do all the random things because you’re in your 20s. That’s what that age is for. Unfortunately, after you cross that threshold and decide later in life that you want to do something that could potentially be awesome for yourself and freedom from the mundane and average, it becomes a problem. Acuff suggests that “you can shift back to starting something whenever you’d like to. Doesn’t matter if you’re 20 or 50. If you decide to start something at 50, in that subject you’re 20.” You don’t have to be held down by societal norms and try to live up to what the world has told us we should be doing at whatever age. So – if in your mind, you’ve got to tell yourself that you’re 20 when you want to quit your job and start that business at 37, you go right ahead. Free yourself from the expectation of others and just go after awesome. YOU’RE NOT TOO LATE. EVER.
  • Average is predictable. Don’t be. On the road to awesome, sometimes you won’t know what the next step is until you take it. You may be the type who needs to know every detail before you start (me), but doing so eliminates room for surprises. Awesome happens in the surprises of life. You meet new people. Learn new things. Find out what’s interesting about others instead of living in your own bubble. It’s awesome. 
  • The problem is – fear cripples us and fear, my dear, is schizophrenic. According to Acuff, it argues both sides of the coin. Fear says “don’t chase your dream” or “you’ve got to do it all at once.” There’s no in between with fear. Fear makes you afraid of failure. But, instead, you should WELCOME IT. That’s right. Welcome failure. At least you’re failing at doing instead of doing nothing at all. He tells you what FEAR fears. 
  • Sometimes it’s ok to see where things go with an idea. But go for it. Be awesome. Give it everything you’ve got. 
  • You can be both honest about your present and hopeful for your future. 
  • We keep trying to find our purpose like it’s a final destination.
    Fam. When he said that I just about LOST IT. 
    We’ve made finding our purpose an idol. But the thing about purpose is you can’t “find” it. Purpose finds you. It’s attracted to motion. What YOU should be doing is LIVING with purpose. Where you are. As a father. Friend. Sister. Daughter. Why does our purpose have to only be ONE thing? 
  • Most of us opt for the familiar and comfortable. FACTS Jon. FACTS. We all want shortcuts. But the path to awesome doesn’t start that way. There’s no back foot to our dreams. So work for it. When you’re living in purpose, it’s late nights. Early mornings. Work hard and sacrifice. You can’t skip stages but you can accelerate them. He tells you how. 
  • The path to awesome isn’t so complex. We probably just got stuck in the forest of voices. Ooooooohhhhhh. 
  • Fear will tell you you’re behind and too late. (This is the voice I believed for a long time. Like RECENTLY. Behind what? Against what schedule?!!!)
  • Top 5 regrets of the dying – they wish they had a life where they lived true to themselves. 

Friend, that’s not even the tip of the iceberg that is this book. It’s absolutely amazing. 

One of the goals I shared was prioritizing rest and fun – listening to this book was a “restful” activity for me and it was a great one because I wanted to use my rest time intentionally. Because of that, I’ll be sharing a few more reviews throughout the year that encourage me and our “intentional reads”.

It’s two things I always recommend reading – the bible and a good stirring book. 

Thanks for the stir Jon.

3 thoughts on “What I’ve learned from Start by Jon Acuff | February Book Review

  1. I want to say I’m going to read this but I know myself. I have a history of starting and never finishing a book. It sounds amazing though. So many nuggets in this for sure! Thanks for the review, I’m genuinely interested. Maybe this would be a book I can’t put down.


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