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Blake Mycoskie

Overcome your fears and start your own business

4.3 (22 ratings)
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Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie is an inspiring read about how he started TOMS- the shoe brand that donates a pair of shoes for every pair sold. It is an invitation to start one’s entrepreneurial journey, with giving back as the focal point of the business.

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    Fear is totally natural – but it can have a damaging effect on our lives when it goes unchecked.

    Even though we don’t always like to admit it, all of us get scared sometimes. Fear can seem shameful or embarrassing, but the truth is, it’s perfectly natural.

    That’s because fear typically arises when we encounter a situation we don’t know how to deal with or simply haven’t experienced before.

    Going to a job interview, talking to strangers in a foreign language or starting a business are all typical anxiety-producing situations, because we don’t encounter them frequently and we can’t easily predict their outcome.

    This fear of failure is so uncomfortable that sometimes it causes us to miss out on things we actually want to be involved in.

    For example, someone who fears airplane travel will look for alternatives or might try to avoid long-distance travel altogether.

    Unfortunately, in our society, we don’t like to talk openly about our fears. It can make us feel embarrassed or ashamed to be scared of something, especially if we think others will view our fears as trivial. But when we don’t talk about what we’re scared of, we often can’t overcome it. And these persistent fears can severely damage our lives.

    To understand how this works, imagine a person who’s afraid of job interviews. If she doesn’t actively confront and combat her fear, she won’t be able to look for new, better jobs.

    Or think of the man who’s frightened of air travel. His fear might cause him to miss out on family holidays, interesting conferences, promising job opportunities and inspiring overseas travel.

    Holding on to your fear simply isn’t worth everything you might lose as a result. Or, as President Franklin D. Roosevelt famously put it, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

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    What is Start Something That Matters about?

    Start Something That Matters gives concrete, colorful and often humorous advice on overcoming your fears and starting a company – even if you don’t have business experience or many resources at your disposal.

    Start Something That Matters Review

    Start Something That Matters (2011) is a book that inspires readers to make a difference by pursuing their passions while making a positive impact on the world. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • Through the author's personal journey and real-life stories, it showcases the power of social entrepreneurship, motivating readers to take action.
    • The book provides practical steps and advice on how to identify a social need, create a meaningful business, and make a lasting difference.
    • With its engaging narrative and relatable examples, this book captures and sustains the reader's attention, ensuring an enjoyable and valuable reading experience.

    Best quote from Start Something That Matters

    Giving is good business – in both senses of the word good. Its good because its helps people, its good because it makes money.

    —Blake Mycoskie
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    Who should read Start Something That Matters?

    • Anyone who wants their business to give back to their community
    • Anyone working at a small company or start-up
    • Anyone who’s interested in sustainability, entrepreneurship and social improvements
    • Anyone who doesn’t want fear to rule their lives

    About the Author

    Blake Mycoskie is the US entrepreneur who founded the wildly successful TOMS Shoes, which donates one pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair it sells.

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    The main message of Start Something That Matters is to create a business that has a positive impact on the world.

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    Start Something That Matters is worth reading because it inspires and empowers readers to make a difference through entrepreneurship.

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