Booked Morning Podcast Episode 17 – Review and Summary of Start: Punch Fear In the Face, Escape Average, Do Work That Matters by Jon Acuff

In life, I don’t know anyone whose goal in life is to be average. But one day, we just wake up and are in the Average treadmill… But we often wonder, what separates the average people from the awesome ones.

I read some time ago that one of the regrets of people when dying is that they wish they had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected them.

Most people end up living an average life because of decisions they have in life, or a missed opportunities, and then we just accept average. We know somewhere along the road to success, the destination shifts to accepting an adequate life. This was the question that Jon tried to answer in his book.

He found and studied that over the last 100 years, there have been 5 stages that all successful people go through in their life. Most average individuals take the easy road because it does not require us to do anything, but just wake up and live life. The Awesome life, on the other hand, is full of challenges, fear rears its ugly head to try to derail us as we are trying to take the road less traveled to live an extraordinary life.

In his study, he found that almost every ultra-successful individuals went through these 5 stages of life.


This is the path that most people take and this is the average life, as it takes your entire life from Learning to Guiding.

By understanding this cycle or journey, it will allow us to flip the switch of our lives anytime from average to an awesome life, and live with purpose one stage at a time.

The author says.

“You don’t need to go back in time to be awesome; you just have to start right now. Regretting that you didn’t start earlier is a great distraction from moving on your dream today, and the reality is that today is earlier than tomorrow.”

The awesome news is that it’s no longer about when we were born; it’s about when we make the decision to live.

We don’t have to be in our 20’s to learn, and we certainly don’t need to be in our 50’s to harvest.

To start our journey, we need to know where we are realistically and then dream big, and based on these 2 factors, it will help us figure out define where we want to go to have an awesome life.

Lets listen to today’s episode

To put these all together.

At any time in our lives, we can stop being average and start being awesome. First, we need to identify where to start, overcome our fear and live with purpose. Cycle through the 5 stages of success, by continually learning a new skill, editing our lives to find our passion, master every aspect of our lives, harvest the results of our work and then give back and guide others through this cycle.