Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done by Jon Acuff

Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done

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 tho...

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  • Casey

    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.

  • Natalie Herr

    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.

  • Nick Cady

    Funny quick read with good insights.

  • Elizabeth

    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!

  • Kimberly Gordon

    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 somehow, intentionally choosing to bomb certain things to a

    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 somehow, intentionally choosing to bomb certain things to accomplish others (because you can’t do everything, who knew?), making things fun (goals don’t have to be difficult??), and getting rid of “noble obstacles”, hiding places, and our “secret rules” really helped me to get to the heart of what I want and why instead of getting side-tracked by maybe good, but less important things.

    That said, whether you have a similar personality to me or not, if you have any kind of goals or want to, I think this book will have something to say to you.

  • Contrariwise

    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.

  • Kim

    Practical wisdom in dealing with perfectionism so you can successfully finish the goals you start.

  • Julia

    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 started and finished before the study? What was the rati

    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 started and finished before the study? What was the ratio after? Did the participants just start fewer projects, but complete more of them? How did their goals change?

    I also don’t feel like a study over 6 months with under 1,000 participants last year would produce an in depth perspective. It’s not a lot of data to pull from when comparing it to other studies. Did they test these strategies with a new group of people not in the original study to confirm the effectiveness of them? I got the impression they mostly watched people and didn’t test the theories aside from Jon in his own life. (Again, please correct me if I’m wrong).

    The strategies might very well be true and I’m sure of some help to most people, but there are too many unanswered questions and lack of data for me to love this book.

  • Pam

    I enjoyed the principles the author explained and his different way of thinking, e.g. don't strive for perfection, and consciously determine what to let slide while trying to achieve a goal. I also liked his reading of the audiobook and the wit it contained. I'm holding off on an actual rating, taking some time to think about the likelihood of success using his method, and maybe even giving it whirl by putting it into practice!

  • Allan Laal

    although at first glance this might seem like theoretical selfdev bs, it is actually really well researched

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