The title of this post should be “what I read” March 2019 but for the sake of consistency, let’s leave it as it is.
I finished this book about 2 weeks ago and just recently got around to writing this post. March has been a very busy yet productive month filled with projects and accomplishments. For that, I am very grateful. However, that also meant limited time for things such as blogging but here we are! 🙂
Before I share the book of the month, I do want to note that I started off March
reading skimming about 3-4 different books. Most of them were not catching my attention and I refuse to continue reading something if I am bored and/or if I don’t feel like I am getting much out of it.
Ultimately (and thankfully) one of those books did grab my attention enough for me to read it from beginning to end:
Title – Start: Punch fear in the face, escape average work, do work that matters
Author: Jon Acuff
You might recognize this author because I read another one of his books last month. I love his writing style – very funny but always dropping “truth bombs” along the way.
In summary, through a series of anecdotes, examples, and awesome advise – the book shares how the key to hitting the ground running with accomplishing our goals is just to START. Excuses are a dime a dozen and we might sometimes feel as if a million things have to happen first before we get started with whatever it is we want to work on.
This might sound like “common sense” advice that perhaps you already knew. However, the book explains it in a way that not only “clicks” but also motivates you to actually START. Anything that motivates me to take action is a win for me.
I am probably not doing this book justice. You’ll have to see for yourself.
Here are some of my favorite quotes which I highlighted and underlined:
“Honestly looking at where you currently are in life turns your present into a platform you can jump from instead of a prison that will hold you back.” (Pg.41)
“The second secret about purpose is that it usually find you”. (Pg52)
“We all have commitments we have to keep. In one form or another, we all have spouses with expectations that should be met. We also have dreams that need attention. To start, just be selfish at 5:00 am”.
“If setting the alarm 30 minutes earlier sounds horrible to you…if your dream isn’t worth 30 minutes, you’ve either got the wrong dream or you’re just pretending you have one”. (pg.81)
“Creative work it’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.” (Pg.216)
And that’s all folks! If you’ve read this book or plan to read it – let me know in the comments! And/or if you have any recommendations for books I should be reading share that as well.
I have yet to choose a book for the month of April but I’ll be deciding soon and will make sure to tell you about it.
Thanks for reading and until next time!
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