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Start with Why Audiobook

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action (Int'l Edit.)

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Publisher's Summary

Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their successes over and over?

People like Martin Luther King, Jr.; Steve Jobs; and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all started with why. Their natural ability to start with why enabled them to inspire those around them and to achieve remarkable things. In studying the leaders who've had the greatest influence in the world, Simon Sinek discovered that they all think, act, and communicate in the exact same way - and it's the complete opposite of what everyone else does. Sinek calls this powerful idea The Golden Circle, and it provides a framework upon which organizations can be built, movements can be led, and people can be inspired. And it all starts with why.

Any organization can explain what it does; some can explain how they do it; but very few can clearly articulate why. Why is not money or profit - those are always results. Why does your organization exist? Why does it do the things it does? Why do customers really buy from one company or another? Why are people loyal to some leaders but not others? Starting with why works in big business and small business, in the nonprofit world and in politics. Those who start with why never manipulate, they inspire. And people follow them not because they have to; they follow because they want to. Drawing on a wide range of real-life stories, Sinek weaves together a clear vision of what it truly takes to lead and inspire. This book is for anyone who wants to inspire others or who wants to find someone to inspire them.

©2009 Simon Sinek (P)2010 Gildan Media Corp

What the Critics Say

“Start with Why is one of the most useful and powerful books I have read in years. Simple and elegant, it shows us how leaders should lead. Highly recommended!” (William Ury, coauthor of Getting to Yes, cofounder of The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School)

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    clinton 14/03/2016
    clinton 14/03/2016
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    "Don't waste your time"

    Do yourself a favor watch Simon's 20 minute TED talk all the information is in there save yourself the pain of listening to 2 million why's in this audiobook.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    David 07/02/2016
    David 07/02/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "The golden circles cut the core of human flourishing."

    This book scales back to the essence of what we as people are about and encourages us to take it into the world and allow it to impact our work, our relationships, and our dreams. There are no easy fixes or quick success, there is only the why.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin 15/02/2017
    Kristin 15/02/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Inspirational"

    This was an amazing book, I lead a team of consultants and have found so much gold to inject into the way I communicate with and build relationships with my team.
    Invaluable. Also, I could listen to Simon talk all day, the man is a dream boat 😍

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    odailson 30/01/2017
    odailson 30/01/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "love it"

    great book very inspirational would recomend to anyone to read
    this book is a must read book for anyone

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    Simon 27/01/2017
    Simon 27/01/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Invaluable lessons"

    This book explains why so many people I talk to on a day to day basis are going through the motions and working for the sake of just making money. Sinek gives many examples from both ends of the spectrum - those companies just interested in making a profit, and then those with a strong sense of identity for why they do what they do. Great life lessons.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dan 10/01/2017
    Dan 10/01/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Repetitive, unrelenting Apple sycophancy"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Perhaps if the author spoke about more than Apple, South West Airlines and Martin Luther King, it might have added weight to his argument.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The idea of starting with why is a good one, but it warranted a TED talk, not a whole book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin 21/12/2016
    Benjamin 21/12/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "A book that teaches core principles that everyone should take note of"

    I highly recommend this book to everyone, not only business owners. The principles are extremely relevant to everyday life.

    Take the time to read/listen to this book, you won't regret it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    N MARTINEZ ORTEGA 12/12/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "What a fantastic book"

    It is inspiring and eye opening book, totally recommended, a must read in life to discover yourself

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hugh D. Macfarlane East Malvern, VIC Australia 22/11/2016
    Hugh D. Macfarlane East Malvern, VIC Australia 22/11/2016 Member Since 2015

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    "rapidly becoming a classic"

    although i found his repetition a bit annoying, I understand why he did this and found this to be a better learning experience as a result
    certainly in my top 10

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    Mark 18/11/2016
    Mark 18/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Must Listen"

    Great Book and great view on life. Thanks for writing it, hopefully I can implement some of these views with in my businesses.

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  • Pekka
    26/02/17
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    "Answering the most crucial question"

    I really loved this, never heard anything like this in Business. This is a real life changer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • TIAGO
    31/01/17
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    "Outstanding"

    In one sentence: You would be an absolute fool not to read this great book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jahaf
    29/01/17
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    "One of the books that I really ADMIRE "

    Loved it. It's beyond AMAZING, it changes the perspective of my thinking and inspired me as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cliente de Amazon
    28/01/17
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    "Just amazing"

    What the autor teach you through the 14 chapters is just something you must know.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Runar Sunde
    13/01/17
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    "So insightfull!"

    The whole book is really insightfull. There is a chapter in the end where he talks about what it has ment for him, very inspiring!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    27/12/16
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    "learn to ask questions with yourself that's"

    important to achieve a great success.. all the best and a great year ahead 2017

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • B.A. DEGREGORIO
    23/12/16
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    "Start with Why?"

    This book came at the perfect time for me. It validated why I do what I do, however some real things that I need to work on. This is one of the best books I have 'read'. In fact having Simon read it adds so much authenticity and you can feel the passion in his voice. Brilliant

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    17/12/16
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    "Great idea - too long"
    What did you like best about Start with Why? What did you like least?

    I liked the concept of start with why but the book seems to be too long and dabbling into various examples which were not so interested. Also, narration was very plain and at times not really bringing out the key messages author wanted to convey.

    I am fan of Simon for his insights but book was not up to my expectation


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Folk Design Lda
    Lisbon, Portugal
    14/12/16
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    "Inspirational and clear."

    This is one of those books that have the power to change the way you think and therefore, your atitude towards yourself and the world. Well read by the author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • dwildt
    Porto Alegre / RS / Brasil
    29/11/16
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    "Awesome!"

    Simon Sinek should be the official narrator for every audible book. He inspire a 100%!

    A must listen book! Thanks again Simon!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Ashley Peat
    22/09/16
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    "Devoid of useful content"

    Just waffles on about the principle of starting with why then repeats over and over without really providing any more value

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • mihow
    4/05/16
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    "Simon l, I expected more, a lot more"

    It seems as if Simon has taken his TED talk and put it in the book
    He clearly loves apple, and Martin Luther King
    Literally you can skip the first six hours as it is compilation of his love for Apple and ted talk. He even uses the same sentence
    Sorry Simon

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Ilias P
    6/11/16
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    "worth the listening but not the best out there"

    I liked the book is getting abit repetitive sometimes but overall was ok. I feel that it could be half the lenght and still get all the main points

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    14/11/16
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    "Great content on bad quality audio"

    There are moments where the audio crackles or it has excessive echo but the overall message is so powerful that it doesn't even matter

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. J. D. Hawkins
    22/01/16
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    "A Stunning Simple Concept Lost in Todays World"
    If you could sum up Start with Why in three words, what would they be?

    Life Changing Simplicity


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Start with Why?

    The moment i realised that this simple concept can be applied to almost everything you do and say. How did i get to 30 and not realise / be told this.


    What does Simon Sinek bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I always enjoy listening to books more than reading them


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If i could of done then yes


    Any additional comments?

    Take this concept and introduce it to your company / school / organisation, you will be classed a hero!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • stuart
    11/08/15
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    "Life changing"

    Awesome book. But what would you expect from simon. Love his. Ted talks. Powerful message.


    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Miss E Ball
    27/02/17
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    "Great inspiration"

    The reason behind understanding "why" your business exists is thoroughly explained. The examples demonstrate the concept, however I would have preferred a variety of examples rather than hearing mostly about Apple. I also thought there was repetition through the book. Although I would still recommend reading as there are great lessons to be learnt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Stuart R. Mcbain
    27/02/17
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    "V. Inspiring and insightful. Highly recommended"

    Some times a bit repetitive but core message is incredibly powerful and actionable. I have personally recommended this book to my friends and recommend it to you too

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. James D. Kennaway
    22/02/17
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    "great book but over repeats the same info"

    was a great concept and I will take quite a bit away from this book, however the constant praising of Steve Jobs and apple as an example of what great leaders can do without a single mention of someone like Elon Musk who is also changing the world or Richard Branson who leads in a similar way to Jobs is a bit much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • akin
    14/02/17
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    "Amazing! Way good Beyond expectations."

    Very well narrated fantastic story and a lot of analysis with conviction. I would recommend it to all

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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