Start Something That Matters

Start Something That Matters Love your work work for what you love and change the world all at the same time What matters most to you Should you focus on earning a living pursuing your passions or devoting yourself to the cau

  • Title: Start Something That Matters
  • Author: Blake Mycoskie
  • ISBN: 9781400069187
  • Page: 151
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Love your work, work for what you love, and change the world all at the same time What 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 success if you don t That s the breakthrough message of TOMS One forLove your work, work for what you love, and change the world all at the same time What 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 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 such as Method Products, 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 Why this book is for you You re ready to make a difference in the world through your own start up business, a nonprofit organization, or a new project that you create within your current job You want to love your work, work for what you love, and have a positive impact on the world all at the same time You re inspired by charity water, method, and FEED Projects and want to learn how these organizations got their start You re curious about how someone who never made a pair of shoes, attended fashion school, or worked in retail created one of the fastest growing footwear companies in the world by giving shoes away You re looking for a new model of success to share with your children, students, co workers, and members of your community You re ready to start something that matters.

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    About “Blake Mycoskie

    • Blake Mycoskie

      Blake Mycoskie is the founder and Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS Shoes.Blake Mycoskie is the Founder and Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS, and the person behind the idea of One for One, a business model to help a person in need with every product purchased A simple idea has grown into a global movement TOMS Shoes has provided over 35 million pairs of shoes to children since 2006, and TOMS Eyewear has restored sight to over 250,000 since launching in 2011 In 2014, TOMS Roasting Company was founded with the mission to provide clean water to developing communities with the purchase of premium coffeeMS humble beginnings happened unintentionally While traveling in Argentina in 2006, Blake witnessed the hardships faced by children growing up without shoes His solution to the problem was simple, yet revolutionary to create a for profit business that was sustainable and not reliant on donations Blake s vision soon turned into the simple business idea that provided the powerful foundation for TOMS.Over the course of its first five years, TOMS was successful enough in providing shoes for children in need But Blake, having recognized other vital needs during his travels around the world, realized that One for One could be applied to than shoes He developed the idea for TOMS Eyewear in which for every pair of eyewear purchased, TOMS would help give sight to a person in need One for One In the fall of 2011, Blake released his first book, Start Something That Matters, offering his own amazing story of inspiration, and the power of incorporating giving in business He references other companies and individuals who have been motivated and inspired to integrate philanthropy into their profession as well as their personal lives The book became a New York Times best seller More importantly, it is Blake s hope that Start Something That Matters inspires others to turn their passion and dreams into a reality.From shoes to eyewear and now a book, Blake s unique approach to business has awarded him with numerous accolades In 2009, Blake and TOMS received the Secretary of State s 2009 Award of Corporate Excellence ACE At the Clinton Global Initiative University plenary session, former President Clinton introduced Blake to the audience as one of the most interesting entrepreneurs I ve ever met People Magazine featured Blake in its Heroes Among Us section, and TOMS Shoes was featured in the Bill Gates Time Magazine article How to Fix Capitalism In 2011, Blake was named on Fortune Magazine s 40 Under 40 list, recognizing him as one of the top young businessmen in the world.Before TOMS, Blake, a native of Texas who always had an entrepreneurial spirit, started five businesses His first was a successful campus laundry service, which he later sold Between business ventures, Blake competed in the CBS primetime series, The Amazing Race With his sister, Paige, Blake traveled the world and came within minutes of winning the 1 million dollar grand prize Blake is an avid reader and traveler He is passionate about inspiring young people to help make tomorrow better, encouraging them to include giving in everything they do His hope is to see a future full of social minded businesses and consumers.

    423 thoughts on “Start Something That Matters

    • This quick little book is a guide for socially conscious entrepreneurship for the Twitter generation, and there is no piece of that description that appeals to me as a reader. The Vine program offered me a free copy, though, and I decided to accept it because (1) I’m a big fan of The Amazing Race, on which Mycoskie appeared, and (2) my dad loves the TOMS shoes movement.Personally, I haven’t been enthusiastic about the TOMS idea. I don’t really care for the aesthetics of the shoes, and I t [...]


    • I won this as part of a GoodReads FirstReads giveaway -- thanks!Before reading this book ( written by Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS shoes), I was completely unfamiliar with the author's company. I'd seen TOMS shoes once or twice, but I really didn't "get it" -- I'm not a shoes girl, and they didn't look like anything all that special to me. Well, after reading this book, I'm buying TOMS for the whole family, LOL. I love the concept behind TOMS -- for every pair of shoes purchased, the company [...]


    • This book will be on my gift-giving list this Christmas, and it should be on yours. Easy and fast to read with many profound thoughts and ideas. It's partly the story of TOMS, but also the story of many other similar companies, briefly, including some sage advice for anyone who wishes to start a company with an integrated charity component. More than all that, there are pearls of wisdom in it for living well for every reader. In these challenging economic times, the message is clear. Help someon [...]


    • هذه قصة شاب وعد نفسه برحلة إلي الأرجنتين في وقت معين، و رغم أنه كان قد بدأ مشروع جديد إلا أنه قرر السفر و ترك الإدارة لشركائه. في الأرجنتين قابل صديقة تدير مؤسسة خيرية عن تجميع الأحذية و توزيعها علي الأطفال المعدمين، و لكن دائماً ما كان يواجهها مشكلات في مقاسات الأطفال حتي لو [...]


    • This is really a good book. I really enjoyed reading it. In this book Blake Mycoskie reveals some inspirational stories of TOMS shoes and other companies. I really liked the story of Subway. “Jared Fogiez” who wanted to reduce his weight and he started taking Subway sandwich diet. Once he lost 100 pounds and it became a big news in all media. Subway presented Jared's story in a perfect way and the result was amazing, their sales shot up 20%. Overall, sales more than tripled to $11.5 billion [...]


    • I have no idea how this book has an average of 4.11 stars. I picked it up because someone interesting mentioned it during a Q & A session. Most books that I bother to finish get at least 3 stars, but I don't think this really stacks up against the other books I've given 3 stars, so I guess it's 2. I didn't hate it, and I wouldn't say you definitely shouldn't read it. I just didn't get much out of it compared to other books. This book most definitely will not stand the test of time.The most i [...]


    • This is Blake Mycokie's story former Amazing Race Contestant and current CEO (or has he calls himself chief Shoe Giver of ) TOMS. Toms is a business that is one for oneyou by a pair of his soft simple canvas shoes made in Argentinahe will give one pair to a child in the developing world. TOMS have become style of choice for the social justice mindedking a statement with style and generosity all at the same time. Blake seem like a great guy and offer lots of great advice.Be frugalforget titleshis [...]


    • I was relieved to find that this was not a "preachy" primer on "how to be good," but rather a business book that encourages the reader's entrepreneurial side, and emphasizes the importance of being passionate about whatever you do, be it starting a company that sends people bouncy balls with personalized messages or building clean water wells around the world. Mycoskie also speaks to basic management principles and strategies (from hiring the right people and keeping staff inspired and involved, [...]


    • Really good. Much better than I expected it to be, if I'm honest. Everyone who is in charge of a classroom, group, department, organization, business, or program should read this book. Anyone who hopes to one day be in charge of one of those things should read this book. One of the best 'business' books I've ever readI'm quite impressed.Completely along the lines of "Right Livelihood" -- an idea I strongly value.


    • I learned a lot from this book that I wasn't expecting. For example, I had not heard the TOM's story before. I must have been living under a rock, because I thought they were just shoes and a fad. I also learned a little about the Method company's story and how they started in an apartment in San Francisco. Blake Mycoskie offers a lot of advice on how to run a successful that is profitable, but also on how to make a positive impact and give back to society. I definitely enjoyed this read!



    • When I opened up the book, I won on , I was met with a poem entitled "Success,"--(It is posted in two forms below) and almost right away felt that this was going to be a good read. It was. Having never heard of TOMS or Blake Mycoskie (I'm not a reality TV show watcher), I really enjoyed learning the story of TOMS. Overall, the book was interesting and very easy to read. In lieu of being pedantic, it was friendly and easy-going--kind of like sitting around talking to a friend. Its approach is sim [...]


    • I have to be honest, I'd never heard of TOMS shoes until Blake Mycoskie spoke at my church, WILLOW CREEK COMMUNITY CHURCH. I was instantly intrigued by his story, as well as admired his morals. I've been serving, mainly in the prison and Jail ministers, since 2004. I know firsthand what it means for God to place in your heart a passion that blesses you as well as others. After the service they were selling TOMS shoes, along with Blake's book out in the lobby. I was tempted, but low on funds and [...]


    • Blake Mycoskie’s brief book covers his struggles in launching one of his companies: Tomorrow’s Shoes (TOMS). This work is not an autobiography. It is somewhat a company profile, almost an entrepreneurial self-help guide, and mostly an elaboration of his mission statement. Based on a marketing One-for-One (1-4-1) notion, Mycoskie caught the charitable consumerism wave with his version of the Argentinean shoeware called alpargata, which seems to be a cross between a sneaker and a deck shoe and [...]


    • Mahatma Gandhi’s "Be the change you want to see in the world" -That is a one liner about this book. Every single page tickled me to do something that matters at least once in my life. The verge of this book made me shoot an email and follow Blake Mycoskie’s blogs, posts and appreciate him for such a classic book. Every single time when Blake cried after fitting a shoe on a kid’s feet, one should felt happy. That is the extreme of happiness and a tangible feeling of souls. Money is not ever [...]


    • It's a really great inspiring book. I love the idea of TOMS, for each pair of shoe they sell, they are giving one pair of shoe to a barefoot child. Blake told us many stories that are similar to TOMS, how other companies start and doing charity activities. I like the way he defines the success, its not just a money or status, at the end you are going to help someone who are in need. He will tell us the Power of the stories, how people were really connected to the stories + scientifically proved [...]


    • Success is not defined by status and money. For Blake Mycoskie, the founder of Tom’s Shoes, success is defined by making a difference in the world. Although his company is for-profit, he practices philanthropy by giving away a pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair sold. One reason Tom’s Shoes does so well is because they tell a story that reaches people at an emotional level. Although we frequently forget facts, we tend to remember stories.You don’t need to follow in his ‘shoes [...]


    • I happened upon this book this morning. After feeling disappointed by Peter Buffett's book on finding fulfillment, I picked this one up without any expectations of liking it. Two hours later, I had finished it and was very glad I had read it. Written by the creator of TOMS, this book described how he started the company, the challenges he faced and how they were overcome, and gave advice to those who wanted to, as the title suggests, start something that matters. It wasn't overly optimistic and [...]


    • There are books that are educational about running a business, and there are books that her inspirational. On the spectrum, this is more inspirational than educational, but every entrepreneur needs a little pick me up now, rather than get bogged down with the percentage of entrepreneurial entities that fail.The story of TOMS and the many other businesses highlighted in this book were wonderfully inspirational while still giving tips about running a company with the TOMS philosophy and business p [...]


    • I loved the basic message of this book. The author is the guy responsible for TOMs. He told his entrepreneurial story, and the stories of others in a positive manner with a strong emphasis on 'giving back'. This book left me with warm fuzzies. It made sense to me. He also promotes having a story to perpetuate a business and to create a buzz that gets people talking about you and your company, buying from you, and telling all their friends about you. Some might say that his business model is a gi [...]


    • A quick and easy read. The unique idea of making profit for the sake of giving more intrigued me. The author seems to give some brash advice at times. It seems like the publishers also have not done their fact checking right. Towards the end of the book, the author quotes Chanakya referring to him as a Chinese philosopher. However, Chanakya was a famous Indian philosopher. Makes me wonder what else they got wrong in the book. I would still recommend it as a motivating book even if one is not int [...]



    • Redundant and self-promotional. Would recommend just Goolging TOMS shoes and reading either a one-page article or page instead of this book.


    • It's tips are so simple and obvious, children could develop them. This book's purpose is nothing more than to be propaganda for Mycoskie's friends' companies.


    • Mycoskie, no doubt, has built something that matters. The TOMS brand is compelling and I own more than my fair share of TOMS in a variety of colors. That being said, I was far more interested in how he got his start rather than the pithy advice he offers fellow entrepreneurs. I think the elephant in the room that doesn't get discussed is white privilege. I absolutely get that he's trying to do something different from a capitalist perspective and I respect that. Yes, he's doing stuff frugally li [...]


    • Inspiring read written by the TOMS founder. The author shares his story and business principles for starting a for-profit company with a giving model. I'd recommend this book to those who want to pursue a career/lifestyle with an emphasis on mission and social impact. It's a great reminder to step back, look at the big picture and remind yourself of the "why" behind what you're doing. Memorable Quotes p. 55 (alleviating the fear all people face when starting a new business):"No matter what happe [...]


    • With "Start Something That Matters," Blake Mycoskie, the sailboat-dwelling former reality show contestant, serial entrepreneur, unbridled optimist and philanthropically motivated founder of Toms Shoes, has added author to his resume. He's also managed to pen a quick read of a motivational guide for well-intentioned millennials and a dirt-easy-to-follow blueprint for anyone thinking about following in the footsteps of his alpargatas.Alpargatas, of course, are the slipper-like, jute-soled, soft ca [...]


    • I read another book that I feel you should read. It is by Blake Mycoskie which many of you don't know the name, but you know his company TOMS shoes. This is a story about his journey along with what he believes are the keys to getting started with your own goals. Below are my 4 key ideas that really stuck with me and my own personal thoughts. You can read the book to hear what he has to say along with many other ideas. These are not his key ideas, but were key to me with where I am in life right [...]


    • Start Something That Matters. I waited for this book for weeks on end. I've been a TOMS fanatic for a long time, and I've always loved what their purpose is and their mindset. And it's always been my dream to start an organization or business that makes a change. Something that actually has an impact on the world. So, as soon as I learned that this book was being written, I could barely contain my excitement, and even less so could I maintain my countenance while waiting for the publishing date [...]


    • I’m excited to share that I was selected for the TOMS Books for Bloggers Program last month. TOMS sent me two copies of their book START SOMETHING THAT MATTERS, written by Blake Mycoskie (Founder and Chief Shoe Giver). I finished reading my copy on my flight home for Thanksgiving and now I have one to give away to you! For anyone unfamiliar with the TOMS brand, the company philosophy is One for One. It started with shoes, then eye glasses, and now books. If you buy a pair of shoes TOMS donates [...]


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