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Shaa Wasmund , Richard Newton
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Book Description

28 Oct 2011

Have you got an itch to start your own business, go to the North Pole, retrain, lose weight, get promoted, learn to play the ukulele? Or do you just have a nagging sense that there must be more to life? If there is something you really want to do, but secretly fear you’ll never do it, then you need this.

This is your kick in the pants.

To make your thing happen, you have to climb into the ring. You have to face your fears and move from talking to doing.

Of course, it’s right and natural to have fears, but understanding them will keep you on top. And then you’ll find that starting can instantly make things change. So say farewell to the status quo.

And that’s the trick, you see. Simply start somewhere. Anywhere. But do it now. For those working for others or for themselves, for those in love or out of love, for those who are artistic or scientific, the busy and the clock-watchers… but mostly for those with ambition: This is what you need to start.

Waiting is futile. Starting is progress.

“To achieve anything in life you have to start somewhere, be it writing a book, starting a business or climbing a mountain, this book will set you on your way.” SIR RANULPH FIENNES OBE, The World’s Greatest Living Explorer

“Sháá embraces fear without regret and through this book convincingly urges others to as well.” SIR JAMES DYSON, Inventor and Industrial Designer

“This is a great book; straightforward and to the point. To achieve the goals you set yourself, you have to take action and this book will help you do just that.” DEBORAH MEADEN, Entrepreneur and Investor

“A superb book that has the power to change your life.” ROBIN SHARMA, #1 bestselling Author of The Leader Who Had No Title and The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

“Clever, quick, easy to read and fun.”  BRAD FELD, MD Foundry Group, Tech Stars founder and Co-Author of Do More Faster and Venture Deals

“Life doesn’t come to you – you have to go and find it. Sháá Wasmund has never sat back in her life and here she shares that infectious energy in such a way you can’t help but catch the success bug.” EVELYN WEBSTER, Executive Vice President, Lifestyle Group, TimeInc

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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Capstone; 1 edition (28 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 085708173X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857081735
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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′This book is something everyone should read if they have little understanding of what is the next direction to go in.’ (Will Roney, February, 2012) ‘If you want to do something but secretly fear you’re never going to, then this book will help…inspire you to take action.’ (Flybe Magazine March 2012) ‘Do everything in this book and live the life you really want.’  (Talk Business Magazine, February 2012) ‘If you are ever to only read one book in this genre then this should be it.’ (Business Matters, July 2012)

From the Author

Shaa Wasmund Q&A

You call your new book, Stop Talking, Start Doing, a kick in the pants in six parts. It’s about getting off your bum and achieving your goals. Is your advice in the book based on your own experience? What things have you stopped talking about and started?

I always try to ‘walk my talk’ and most of the time you’ll find me doing more than just nattering. I’ve been the world’s only female boxing manager (starting working with World Super Middleweight Champion, Chris Eubank) I’ve started a number of businesses, including collaborating with the likes of Sir James Dyson, Theo Paphitis and Sir Bob Geldof. I’ve been voted Cosmopolitan Magazines’ ‘Businesswomen of the Year’, written two books, am bringing up a wonderful son (as a single mother) and have overcame my struggle with asthma. All of this has been done through pure determination and a ‘doing’ attitude.  It’s important to remember that doesn’t mean I always succeed, but 99% of the time I try! Whether that’s writing a book, running 5 miles or even getting your home office organised, we all put things off and this book is to help others to Stop Talking about those things and Start Doing them!

Why did you write this book?

This is a management book – a personal management book. How many people do you know who’ve been moaning about stopping smoking, getting fit, getting out of a crap relationship, changing career or starting their own business and a year later they’re still talking about it.  I’ve mentored and coached lots of people in my career and the thing that frustrates me the most, is people who hold themselves back. It’s usually an unfounded fear of something that doesn’t exist that stops them. So I wanted to write a book that makes you feel good, but more importantly makes you realise that anything you want to do is genuinely achievable. This book helps people to understand the issues that stop you doing what you want to do, how you overcome them and most importantly helps you to start NOW. I wrote it to encourage people just to get going and then once you start, momentum will build for itself. Stop Talking Start Doing is a movement to encourage people to get off their backsides and go do whatever it is they want to do. Otherwise they’ll get to 80 and think, “I could’ve, should’ve, would’ve, but I didn’t.”


You’re hoping to inspire others with Stop Talking. Who has inspired you most to stop talking and start doing? 

The two people who’ve inspired me most is my mum and my Nan. My Nan is 86 and she never stops, you’ll never hear her make an excuse, she’ll never give up or say she’s too old.  Then there’s my mum. She gave me the single greatest piece of advice I’ve ever heard. When I was just 11 or 12 she said, “Shaa, never ever live your life by other people’s limitations”.  That has stuck with me ever since. It made me realise it didn’t matter if other people were better than me at some things or I was better than other people at other things. What it showed, is you need to understand yourself and don’t live in pigeonholes that other people try and create for you. That person could be anyone; it might be your career advisor who said, “You’re really good at maths, so you should get a job in the city.” Well you might be great at maths but you could love art even more, so you end up working in the city and you have a miserable life because what you actually wanted to do was paint. That advice really resonated with me because you’ve got to live your life for yourself.


The book is really visual, full of images and graphics. Why did you decide to include these?

The truth is people learn best when you can combine more than one way of learning – so rather than just conveying my messages through words, I combine them with visuals. I want this book to make a difference, to start a movement of people ‘doing’ things. Stop Talking Start Doing is a practical guide that shows you how you can kick-start change in your life. It’s meant to be fast paced and exciting. A book filled with page after page of text isn’t going to get you on your feet and making a start straight away. Images and short, sharp points mean each message is simple to take in and cuts out the nonsense, so you actually start doing rather than procrastinating reading over text for months and months.


Do you still have things you want to achieve in life? What are you going to start next?

I hope I’ll be like my Nan and always have things I want to achieve in life, no matter how old I am. For now though, I’m focused on changing the culture we have in this world. I want to eradicate that mindset where people simply float through life. I want to initiate a Stop Talking Start Doing movement where people switch off the TV and start making things happen. I don’t want people to get to the end of their life and think, “ I wish I had...”



What are your top 5 tips for making things happen?

  • Firstly, tell people close to you about your plans and tell them you’re going to do it. We’re all more likely to see a project through to the finish if we make our ambition public. The expectations of others will help push our dreams through.
  • Break your plan into pieces. If you make the work manageable you will reduce the chances of being over-awed or feeling like you’re taking on too much.
  • Celebrate each little success you have. These can be as simple as buying some sweets, having a night out or listening to music.
  • Write a diary and record everything you do. This will help your progress seem more real and will help remind you of what the next stage you need to take is.
  • Keep reminding yourself of the reasons you want change. This will help keep you on course and will inspire you to make things happen.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Gruffalo is a better picture book 28 Mar 2013
By N.R
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There was nothing in this book that made me motivated and want to 'Stop Talking'. It made me want to talk more about how bloody rubbish it is. It's effectively a picture book for adults and if you removed said pictures then the text would probably only fill about twenty pages, ten of which are quotes. I suppose it's my own fault really that I didn't use the 'Look Inside' feature on Amazon - I just assumed that as it's not an art, photograpy book etc then I wouldn't be subject to the crap and utterly unnecessary illustations.

They say at the beginning that it was originally intended for business and you can tell. What the author's should've done is go the whole hog or not at all.

In fact the only motivational and thought provoking content comes from the quotes and not the authors.

All in all a very boring book that took me 2 hours to read. (And I'm not a fast reader).
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Random facts strewn together 12 Feb 2012
By Bassash
This book is a poorly cobbled together collection of random facts. It's centered around the vague notion that you can do "anything!!". One page honestly has these three facts in a row, under the heading "Unconventional is conventional" - how buildings have got taller in London, the fact that you kind find people with similar interests online and the fact that Chinese cities have more people in than ever. Really?!

How is this motivational? I think it's a cynical attempt to sell cheap inspiration with lots of quirky pictures and snippets of useless info. It's not even in proper prose.

Poor, poor, poor. Don't buy this and don't believe the multitude of 5 star reviews.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin... 24 Jan 2012
Great book, full of inspiring information and quotes (from Pooh Bear as well as Einstein and Muhammad Ali), all packaged in an easy-to-read, easily accessible, good looking and friendly format. Excellent photographs, cartoons and diagrams that really get the messages across.

Some particularly interesting parts were the information on Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs (presented in an easy to understand way, Benjamin Franklin's Daily Schedule - just amazing! and the chapter on Fear and Regret; really got me thinking.

As one of the other reviewers said - the type of book you would pick up again and again when feeling uninspired and needing that kick in the pants!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection for Procrastinators 10 Nov 2011
As someone who perhaps spends too much time reading self development books I was expecting more of the same. This book is a brilliant surprise. It's modern in both its aesthetic and approach and is packed to the punch with practical advice. One of those products that you can keep in your bag for an injection of inspiration everyday. Not just for business minded folk but for anyone needing that kick up the butt to keep going when the going gets tough or you've lost your way. Great stuff!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stop Talking Start Doing 18 May 2012
Was thinking I wanted to do something and this book really puts things simply. With its funny diagrams, inspiring quotes you will find your self nodding and saying to yourself - 'yes you're right'.

A must read for those who want to do something and need that kick up the bum to get started.Stop Talking, Start Doing: : A Kick in the Pants in Six Parts
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kick in the Butt 10 Nov 2012
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Short, savvy book full of practical tips to get going. And a user friendly book to boot... for that oh so needed kick in the butt. If you're a novice to these ideas, this is an ideal book for you. However, be warned... 'doing' means you taking action. So be prepared to go, go, go!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Want to start achieving? Read this book 7 Jan 2013
This book is a true five-star. Packed with brilliant quotes and examples it cuts out the complications which so often tarnish other books that aim to inspire and keeps its points simple. An enjoyable read that left me buzzing with ideas and energy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This Certainly Kicked Me in the Pants 4 Mar 2012
If you have something that you want or need to do in life, but so far haven't mustered the bottle then this book is for you.
Stop Talking Start Doing (STSD) makes a watertight case for getting started. It doesn't just make procrastination seem ridiculous but also offers loads of genuinely practical tips for DOING stuff.
STSD gave me that nervous, excited feeling that we all get when we're about to take the plunge.
I have already started three small things I've been putting off for a while and am preparing to DO something bigger in the v.near future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars and absolute gem - bought first on my kindle then got the hard copy as...
Everyone should read this book - especially if you regularly utter the words " will do it later"... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Nicky Lloyd Greame
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want to move forward read this book
This book is really innovative in terms of presenation. I loved it's clear, concise message and a good old kick in the pants. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Angela C
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow an amazing book! A must read with great clarity!
Shaa is so easy to relate to as she is very down to earth .
I find her writing very clear and informative. After reading this book I feel inspired and ready to crack on . Read more
Published 5 months ago by garry
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy pretty much a waste of money
Big headline but poor content, this is pretty much like reading the daily mail...really worthless book considering the price you pay for it
Published 7 months ago by Guy eteme
5.0 out of 5 stars Stop Talking, Start Doing: : A Kick in the Pants in Six Parts
I liked it, good reading and took action on some of it's
recommendations. Good start to the New Year! Okay
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars seriously good
A great combination of serious and amusing. Short, easily digested chapters and, what's more, a useful means to help beat procrastination.
Published 8 months ago by mr bruce l salter
5.0 out of 5 stars it's supposed to be simple!
I write books. And I know how important reviews are to the author! I know that 1-star reviews hurt like hell

And I know how difficult it is to distill everything you... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Andy Cope
3.0 out of 5 stars Good and bad
This book tells you all you need to know - BUT already do, the good bit is it puts it in sections

very clever
Published 11 months ago by jcweather
4.0 out of 5 stars A push to achieve organisational success!
i found this book interesting and certainly made me take account of how my life needed some reorganising. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mrs Linda Churchill
4.0 out of 5 stars I definitely need a kick in the pants!
Common sense, all of this. But commonality isn't always enough - sometimes we need somebody to be a wee bit rude to us and tell us to stop stalling and start doing (which this... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Olive
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