Reading a book entitled, “Start” by Jon Acuff found here: http://www.amazon.com/Start-Punch-Escape-Average-Matters/dp/1937077594/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1376149556&sr=8-1&keywords=start+jon+acuff
I’m a non-fiction, business, start-up, self-help book junkie and when a book prompts me to act such as this one has, I start doing some of the stuff in it. Imagine that.
But as life continues and we have to live our lives (jobs, bills, eating) – these types of self-discovery journeys take a backseat.
I started reading this book a couple of months ago in June, but I couldn’t finish it. Not because it was bad, in fact I think it’s one of the best books I’ve read in a while.
I’m struck by the title of the book, “Start.” How many times have we planned on doing something, made great plans and even wrote stuff down –
eventually to never do it?
That’s me. I often have the best intentions, but fall short on action.
Here’s my dilemma, I can start things great, but I never finish them. I’m like a serial-starter-upper but never see it past the goal line. I know Jon Acuff addresses this in the book somewhere, but I think we need another book called “Finish” or “Why Don’t You Try and Actually Finish this Book before You Go and Read Another Book?!”
Because it’s so much easier to buy books and read the first chapter, than to actually read through the first book and try to apply.
If you’re anything like me, you read the introduction and the first chapter, you feel like you have the main point of the book. Welp, got that one under my belt – time to get more knowledge from another book.
Actually if you read the title and subtitle, this probably true – you usually can get the basic gist of the writings. And if you actually read through a few reviews on Amazon (I start with the negative ones) – man, you are really onto something now. Not only do you feel like you already know the material the author wrote, but now you know why you shouldn’t buy the book. You have all the counter reasons for why the author’s main points or writing style is bunk and you move on to the next title.
Meanwhile your bookshelf gets fuller, your wallet a little lighter, and your brain atrophies just a little more.
So here’s my goal: finish this book from cover to cover. Take notes. Apply one or two things in my life to become more awesome. Today.
And as I have write notes in my marble notebook (yes I still use a physical notebook), I am going to write my thoughts in this blog as well.
Time to start.
What can you do today to start being more awesome?