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  • Hardcover: 189 pages
  • Publisher: Spiegel & Grau (6 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781400069187
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400069187
  • ASIN: 1400069181
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.4 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 227,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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""

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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.

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Blake Mycoskie's self-help book "Start Something That Matters" shows how to combine a for-profit company with a social mission. His book uses the story of TOMS his successful for-profit shoe company as a blueprint to show and inspire others to start something that matters.
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.
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I started out reading this book expecting a story about how Blake built his business and his experiences. He duly delivered on those.

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!
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This is an extraordinary book in that it gives great advice to (pretty much) everyone who reads it. It works on the breathtakingly simple premise that we can all make a difference in our "working" lives, and that just a few small decisions now can make a huge difference to people who need our help. None of this is preachy, and none of it requires huge wads of cash. Indeed Mycoskie makes it clear that people who have invested too much time and/or money have often failed because they were TOO prepared. Instead, he shows through multiple examples that people (and businesses) are intrinsically good and that they're happy to help each other if they know what they're getting themselves into and that they'll make peoples lives easier and happier as a result.

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.
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I'd heard about Toms shoes and the ethos but reading the book made me understand why they do what they do. The book is clear, concise, straight to the point and easy to digest and understand. I personally liked the stories not only surrounding Toms shoes but also other brands that have 'started something that matters' and how they have made what they do a success today. Ultimately- what Blake is trying to encourage is to start with what you have and see where it takes you. Totally been inspired and I continue to refer back to it. Worth reading in my opinion.
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Christmas socking filler for my wife. We always get a few small items and books make a good choice. We had heard of Tom's charity of providing free shoes for every show sold, but my wife was interested in learning what inspired the founder to start in the first place. So a well received Christmas gift.
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Really great book if you're looking to do exactly what the title says. It contains both inspirational stories of the TOMS business (and other businesses) and practical tips on how you can get started or move forward. I ordered my first pair of TOMS shoes after reading this! Such a great initiative.
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I really loved reading this book - the idea of making a start, and starting small, was really good. The heart of the book is the heart of the author, and its power is in its simplicity. I read and finished reading, feeling satisfied and inspired. Thanks Blake.
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This book lacks both depth and intelligence. Perhaps my opinion is shaped by the fact I read this after 'Building Social Business' by the saint-like Muhammad Yunus. But in all it came across as dull with Mycoskie seeming at times like a sheltered, entitled individual. His writing is hardly insightful - full of cliches, bland language and lacking variety. To me it seems as if he's a guy who's struck it lucky, he cares not for the deep structural problems facing this world and happens to have made some money flogging canvas slippers and promising to give a pair away at the same time. Commendable, no doubt, but not really a book for anyone seeking analysis of the burgeoning social enterprise scene or looking for meaningful tips and help entering that world. The book is shallow in comparison to a many others you should be reading first - particularly any title by Yunus. This will not last the test of time. Don't waste your money.
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