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016: Jon Acuff, Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done

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Jon Acuff is the New York Times-bestselling author of six books including his most recent, Finish.

He’s helped some of the biggest brands in the world tell their story, spoken to hundreds of thousands of people at companies such as Microsoft, Nissan and Comedy Central, and been featured regularly on national media.

Jon Acuff

Website: acuff.me

Instagram: @jonacuff


Why Jon followed up his book Start with his current book, Finish to answer the question of how to actually reach your goals.

Shining light on why the middle is so hard.

Why perfectionism is one of the biggest hurdles to success.

What to do on the day after perfect, when things haven’t worked out.

Escaping all-or-nothing thinking when it comes to goals.

Reconciling the perceived definition of perfectionism with how it manifests in real life.

“Amazon has sold millions of imperfect, finished books.”

The significance of day 2 and day 13 in reaching your goals.

How cutting goals in half can help you succeed in the long run.

Secret rules and why they are keeping you from your goals.

Why being kind to yourself is the key to success.

How self-awareness leads to understanding secret rules and moving beyond them.

The importance of fun and how it contributes to success.

Why you can’t do it all, shouldn’t do it all, and how to let things go.

Shame is pretending you can do it all.

Using perfectionism to avoid the true work.

Being honest about your own failures and not painting a perfect picture of yourself to the people around you.

Remember one size doesn’t fit all. Always be editing, always be tweaking, always be curious.

A health goal isn’t turning you into a different person. A health goal is allowing you to celebrate you you already are even more.


Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done
Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job
Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work the Matters
Do Over: Make Today the First Day of Your New Career
Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done
Brene Brown TED talk on shame
Teach Girls to Be Brave, Not Perfect TED talk
Jon Acuff on The Moment with Brian Koppelman podcast
Good Life Project podcast



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2 comments to " 016: Jon Acuff, Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done "

  • Patricia

    I really loved this episode. It spoke to me in so many ways. I was driving to work and felt myself getting emotional. I am very hard on myself. And this reminded me that I need to be kinder. Thank you. I am really enjoying your episodes and the perspective you bring!

    • Robyn Downs

      Thanks for sharing this, Patricia. I’m so glad the show resonated with you and that you’re focusing on being kinder to yourself. So glad you have you as part of this community!