Finish by Jon Acuff

Finish

Year after year, readers pulled me aside at events and said, “I’ve never had a problem starting. I’ve started a million things, but I never finish them. Why can’t I finish?According to studies, 92 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail. You’ve practically got a better shot at getting into Juilliard to become a ballerina than you do at finishing your goals. For years, I thought my problem was that I didn’t try hard enough. So I start...


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TitleFinish
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Release DateSep 12th, 2017
PublisherPortfolio
GenreNonfiction, Business, Self Help
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  • Elizabeth
    1970-01-01
    Acuff's best book, by far. The research that went into the examples here is relatable. The advice is practical and can implemented right now without extra time or money. Tons of added humor and zero fluff. Loved it!
  • Casey
    1970-01-01
    Anyone else have a book inside you? Anyone else have a dream that maybe you've started a hundred times or more...but never really quite completed? Anyone else chased by the spectre of perfection, that mean ugly voice that says if you can't do it perfectly, why bother?This book is for you, then. Dream, yes. But DO. The world needs to hear your voice.Now pardon me while I go write.
  • Julia
    1970-01-01
    I like Jon and his perspective, but I did not love this one. I preordered the book and really wanted to love it, but I feel like it missed out on depth. It would have been helpful to hear more from the participants in the study and how their life has been impacted by the techniques in this book. From what I remember, I believe there were less than 5 stories from participants. (Please correct me if I’m wrong). What was the ratio of projects star...
  • Kimberly Gordon
    1970-01-01
    THIS WAS SO GOOD FOR ME! I’ve read a bit about my personality type, and know enough that I’m *pretty* Type A, and do a lot of things out of a motivation of perfection. So pretty much everything Jon had to say in Finish about setting goals and finishing them-not perfectly, but finishing, was convicting for me. He’s super funny, as usual, and that makes it enjoyable to read, but his wisdom about how to finish goals by cutting them in half som...
  • Kim
    1970-01-01
    Practical wisdom in dealing with perfectionism so you can successfully finish the goals you start.
  • Natalie Herr
    1970-01-01
    Liked this book a lot! I'm only giving it a 4 because I haven't had a chance to apply the principles yet. I love his encouragement to dig deep and identify the roadblocks that keep us from finishing our goals.
  • Contrariwise
    1970-01-01
    The opposite of perfectionism is finished. A highly entertaining and relatable self-help tome in the vein of Mark Manson. Lots of good research to back it up too.
  • Nick Cady
    1970-01-01
    Funny quick read with good insights.
  • Justin Cloyd
    1970-01-01
    This is exactly the book I needed. As a lifelong perfectionist, I have often struggled with finishing anything out of fear that it won't be quite right. The tips and tricks Acuff shares here are just the thing to take me out of that fear and keep moving forward.Long time fans of Acuff won't be disappointed with this one, and new readers, like myself, are in for a pleasant surprise. I've never enjoyed a self-improvement book as much as this. I've ...
  • Jonathan Tony
    1970-01-01
    The best book Jon has written so far. It's a pertinent message to any of us with ambition. I found it particularly encouraging as I am critical of myself in my pursuits. Jon lays it out in a way that is easy to digest and apply.
  • Carolyn
    1970-01-01
    Jon Acuff's Finish offers a common sense approach to getting things done that finally takes into account the reality of human nature. No stupid slogans or motivational speeches - just an honest look at all of our natural avoidance tactics that keep us from getting things done, even things that we really, really want to do.Expect humorous anecdotes, real-life examples, and practical suggestions along with the smart sense of humor I came to expect ...
  • Cameron Mathews
    1970-01-01
    For an entire book whose premise is basically "Perfect is the enemy of done," Finish is a well-executed book. It goes into pretty good analysis of our perfectionist tendencies and how that prevents us from reaching our true potential. Not sure what your project is, but chances are you will find yourself nodding along at a few points in the book thinking that Jon has seen into your mind and understands why you are starting and not finishing.
  • brettlikesbooks
    1970-01-01
    i've been a fan of jon acuff since his 'Stuff Christians Like' blog & book days. however, full disclosure, i'm not a fan of the self-help/motivational genre (which is probably indicative of just how much motivation and help my self needs!) but his new book's premise really grabbed me. i'm a chronic starter in a family of freakish finishers. i start, or attempt to start, a lot of things. #likeaboss. but i am overwhelmed by actually finishing. even...
  • Matt Cannon
    1970-01-01
    This smaller book (I suspect it is half the size Jon A. originally wanted) will probably be finished be most who decide to take a journey to read it. I believe the size of the book alone is a testament to Jon's research to cut your goal in half. The shorter size increases the likelihood of people finishing it and provides opportunities to release additional parts/chapters in the future. This book is packed full of bite size nuggets of wisdom expl...
  • Julia
    1970-01-01
    This is a good book if you like easy to read, enjoyable prose, and lists of things you can do to that should, by all probability, get you to 'finish' in any goal. Or not and he even explains what exactly no book or set of instructions can overcome too.It is the kind of book you'd keep on your shelf and refer back too when you get bogged down and need some perspective again. It is one single aspect of goal setting so it's not that long, but it's a...
  • Paige Gordon
    1970-01-01
    Jon Acuff strikes again! With his incredible sense of humor and his open, sometimes brutally honest style, Jon walks us through all of the lies that perfection will tell us when we start to go after our dreams. And in sharing his unconventional responses to those lies, he gives us the tools to beat perfectionism every time it rears it's ugly head, and to push forward consistently until we have completed the most important step of our goals - fini...
  • Cameron Frank
    1970-01-01
    I'm not normally a motivational book kind of guy, and I've found that most of the books in that genre that I've started have been heavy on the cheese and light on the practical. But, when I was blessed to have an opportunity to read a pre-release copy of the Finish, I couldn't resist, and I don't regret it one bit! Finish is just the opposite of most books of its kind, and that's why it will undoubtedly meet with great success. This book brings p...
  • D
    1970-01-01
    I got this as an ARC from a Goodreads giveaway.It was a quick and easy read. I laughed out loud several times while reading this book. Acuff's examples of himself and other people were relatable and I could think of similar examples from my own life when I let perfectionism get in the way of starting or finishing my goals. I'll be keeping some of Acuff's advice in mind when I feel my perfectionism taking over.However, Acuff refers to his ping-pon...
  • Susanna
    1970-01-01
    A hilariously entertaining, insightful, empowering read that will help you identify ideas and actions that keep you from finishing your goals. Not only does he provide helpful questions to guide you in pinpointing these weak areas, but he encourages you with where to go from there. Assess, evaluate, plan, and execute. Jon cleverly gives you the tools to scout out where perfectionism is limiting your progress at each point along the way. My notebo...
  • Laura
    1970-01-01
    You know those montage scenes in movies where the lead character assembles a bunch of stuff and heads out to face the big, scary thing at the end? Like Moana gathering food before her journey to find Maui or Tom Hanks' character in "Castaway" tying down his supplies before he leaves the island (apparently I could only think of raft related montages)."Finish" was my montage. I read it three times slower than other books because I had to stop, take...
  • Matthew Miller
    1970-01-01
    Squirrel!Everyone can benefit by varying degrees from reading this book. The human race in general will only become more accustomed to more information, opportunity and abilities while having less ability to focus. We are all either moving forward or backwards and if we are stalled by our phones and our fears we aren't stuck, we are going backwards. Each chapter in Finish presents ideas, asks deft questions, reveals researched knowledge about hum...
  • Jeff Luchun
    1970-01-01
    Finish focuses on those goals you have attempted to complete but was sidetracked by life, circumstances, or busyness. The ideas discussed provide an interesting mix of self-help, research based introspection that is missing in many leadership books today. From being led to cut goals in half, determining to be really bad at more peripheral items, all while having fun along the way will lead to a stronger finish. Overall, this isn’t my kind of bo...
  • Laura
    1970-01-01
    Jon Acuff is a believer but he doesn't write Christian books. That being said, there are gospel themes all over this one. When it comes down to it, he's addressing issues like grace, works, and community. We need to give ourselves grace as we strive to finish our goals (i.e. be nice to yourself). It's not about works (kill perfectionism; quit 'trying harder'). We are made for relationships (accountably is key; find friend to help you with your go...
  • K Saju
    1970-01-01
    "Perfection is the enemy of Progress" said Churchill and Jon Acuff in his book "Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done" analyses this with pretty good examples and data to push us to reach the finish line.I especially liked the section "Use Data to Celebrate Your Imperfect Progress" .He encourages us to use data to move us beyond discouragement and steps to respond to progress. By making adjustments to our goal, timeline, and/or actions he has sh...
  • Carolina Strelow
    1970-01-01
    Don't read this book if you are not in for some serious reflecting on and exposing of the most common excuses for not focusing and finishing projects and other things. With humor but no mercy, Jon Accuff shows that we all use the same methods to postpone the really big and important things in our lives, choosing to fill ourselves with unimportant but manageable things that makes us feel productive (like a zero inbox). And while doing all this, Jo...
  • Maryanne Gobble
    1970-01-01
    I picked this up from the library new release shelf and quickly realized I'm not the target audience. I finish goals quite easily. I probably need bigger, loftier goals. The concept of the book is great but it could be condensed down to one page. It's not new information. I've heard it over and over throughout the years. I also read Gretchen Rubin's The Four Tendencies the same week. I'm a Questioner, I have no problem being self motivated if I c...
  • Megan Byrd
    1970-01-01
    This book is a must-read for anyone who desires to finish a goal of any size! It offers tools and exercises to help defeat perfectionism (which is the enemy of "done") and makes working on goals manageable (and possibly even fun!). I flew through this book and am looking forward to sitting down and completing the action steps (at the end of each chapter) to prepare for my next goal. I am confident that I have everything I need to eliminate any ob...
  • Mary
    1970-01-01
    That's right. I read this book in a little over 36 hours. FINISHED IT!Laughed until I had tears (Canada geese...), shifted uncomfortably feeling that J. Acuff had a secret camera planted somewhere in my house, recommended it to at least two friends by the fourth chapter. And now I'm going to go through it again with a pencil and do the exercises. And laugh some more. And recommend it to the next 50 people I talk to, conservatively. I HATE motivat...
  • Brandon Kelley
    1970-01-01
    This book is a game-changer. Who can't use help in actually finishing the things they start? This book wasn't just great because of the ideas it contained, but it was great because of Jon Acuff's style. You'll find yourself laughing out loud at what you're reading with people looking at you with envy because not only are you having a better time than them, but you're also becoming a finish machine. Read this and "give yourself the gift of done!"
  • Maddie Dumas
    1970-01-01
    I'm a huge fan of Jon Acuff on Twitter, but I will admit, this is the first book of his that I've read. It's so good, I will go read the rest. I tend to finish what I start, but with gritted teeth and frustration. This book is helpful for people like me, too. He has a lot of important things to say about goal setting, and he will make you laugh along the way. I will definitely refer to this book in the future.