Start Something That Matters Hardcover – 6 Sep 2011
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"A creative and open-hearted business model for our times."--"The Wall Street Journal"
A creative and open-hearted business model for our times. "The Wall Street Journal""
An inspirational memoir and unique leadership manual that encourages you to take control of your life and make the world a better place --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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While traveling in Argentina (South America) in 2006 Blake met a woman who belonged to an organization that collected shoes from donors to give to impoverished kids. When Blake witnessed the blisters, sores and infections on the children's bare feet the idea came to him to create a for-profit shoe company with a social mission. He created a new version of "alpargata" Argentina's comfortable, casual, canvas shoe and for every pair of shoes his company sold he pledged to donate a pair of shoes to a needy child. He named his company TOMS (a promise for a better tomorrow). Blake has fulfilled his promise. TOMS has given more than a million pairs of shoes to children in need the past five years.
There are seven themes in Blake's self-help book: find your story, face your fears, be resourceful without resources, keep it simple, build trust, giving is good business and the final step which is moving from thinking about doing something to actually doing it.
To find your passion and mission in life Blake offers three questions: "If you did not have to
worry about money, what would you do with your time? What kind of work do you want to do? What cause would you like to serve?"
Blake's story is changing the definition of success. He says the quest for success is not the same as the quest for status and money. The definition has broadened to include contributing something to the world. He says TOMS is a success precisely because they created a new model.Read more ›
But that's not why you should read it.
What got me was his firm belief that businesses has a responsibility to contribute socially, heck even charitably, not only by his business exemplifying the very possibility of doing so, but that he goes all out to show you how you could build your own business incorporating social good while not forgetting the cornerstones of a business startup; marketing well, being resourceful and how one builds a strong team.
If it pulls your strings somewhere to start something of your own, while giving something back, please do yourself a favour and read it!
This is an inspirational read, plain and simple. I urge people not to be put off by thinking that this is only aimed at entrepreneurs. Anyone can, and will, benefit from Mycoskie's story and his quietly devastating words of advice.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved the honesty of Blake and how he takes good from every experience he has. So inspiring and intriguing!!Published 1 month ago by Hayley Mackay
Black gives us a new way to make business. It's a funny and useful book for getting inspiration for your business.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Loved reading the personal story thats lead to such a big movement! very inspiring & great for someone thinking of starting their own 'for purpose' company.Published 8 months ago by a warner
Not what I thought! Had to give to a charity shop for free. Disappointing!Published 14 months ago by Esmeralda
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