Book Review: Blake Mycoskie’s Start Something That Matters

 From AmazonWhat matters most to you? Should you focus on earning a living, pursuing your passions, or devoting yourself to the causes that inspire you? The surprising truth is that you don’t have to choose—and that you’ll find more success if you don’t. That’s the breakthrough message of TOMS’ One for One movement. You don’t have to be rich to give back and you don’t have to retire to spend every day doing what you love. You can find profit, passion, and meaning all at once—right now.   
In Start Something That Matters, Blake Mycoskie tells the story of TOMS, one of the fastest-growing shoe companies in the world, and combines it with lessons learned from such other innovative organizations as method, charity: water, FEED Projects, and TerraCycle. Blake presents the six simple keys for creating or transforming your own life and business, from discovering your core story to being resourceful without resources; from overcoming fear and doubt to incorporating giving into every aspect of your life. No matter what kind of change you’re considering, Start Something That Matters gives you the stories, ideas, and practical tips that can help you get started. 
 For someone who has just set out on beginning her own business I found this book highly resourceful.  I also am a huge fan of what TOMS does, and was proud to finally get my own pair. Depending on your interest in TOMS, and whether you’ve ever considered starting your own business your interest might waver.
   I feel very out of the loop that I didn’t know Blake Mycoskie was on The Amazing Race in the second season. My sister even remembered this information despite the fact I’m sure I was viewing the show then. The book provides a few interesting stories like that about Blake, and his family, which are inspiring. Overall, that is just how I would describe this book, inspiring.  Blake only spends a few chapters talking about himself though, and focuses a lot on how people who aren’t just a part of TOMS are making a difference with their business endeavors.  I found some of the chapters very useful, including the one that gives a list of websites to use when you are setting on on beginning your own business.
    I had no problems with this book, but if anything I didn’t consider the stories about Laura Bush as inspiring. What she is doing is great, but for some reason I think her life is quite different than mine, and she probably fell into her successes much differently than I will mine. There isn’t anything wrong with that, but it was too different for me to relate to.
     This book is very motivational though, and if you are looking to start a business I would definitely recommend this.  It’s so much more than a book about TOMS. You can check out the book at Amazon.

This book was provided by TOMS Books for Blogger in exchange for a review. 

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