How to Begin

Start Doing Something That Matters

We unlock our greatness by working on the hard things

Instead of doubting yourself, fearing you’ll make a mistake, and feeling like you need to play “small” so you don’t disrupt the status quo, start showing up for yourself so you can show up for the world. Don’t regret a life half-lived. Stepping up and pursuing your dreams is hard … and it’s exhilarating, and it’s important. Let me show you how to get clear, get confident, and start anything that matters.

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What You’ll Learn

How to Begin is about how to be ambitious for yourself and for the world. Use the How to Begin process to find and start your Worthy Goal: something thrilling, important, and daunting.

  • Find and refine your Worthy Goal – discover why a Worthy Goal needs to be thrilling, important and daunting (and why two out of the three won’t do).
  • Test your Worthy Goal, to make sure it’s the best one for you – you’ll discover the Goldilocks Zone test and three other essential tests.
  • Get clear on what it really means to be committed to your Worthy Goal – get clear on the question you need to ask yourself to be sure. Is this your way of leaving a legacy?
  • Build the resources to cross the threshold and begin – including identifying the four types of people you need to travel with and how to think bigger.

Here’s what some of the early readers are saying about it.

Of particular appeal for those of us who instinctively recoil from self-help woo-woo and just want to get on with doing Great Work that leaves the world a bit better than we found it.

Courtney HohneChief Storyteller for Moonshots, X (formerly Google X)

A friendly voice and a guiding hand

Austin KleonNew York Times bestselling author of Steal Like an Artist

Piercingly frank, funny, gorgeous, vulnerable, and ultimately really damn helpful.

Julie Lythcott-HaimsNew York Times bestselling author of How to Raise an Adult

Eminently practical, clever, delightful, and beautifully rendered––a non-fiction Where the Wild Things Are for adult dreamers and doers.

Whitney Johnsonbestselling author of Smart Growth and Disrupt Yourself

I loved this book, and that's coming from a gal who's never been big on goals.

Liz WisemanNew York Times bestselling author of Impact Players and Multipliers

This wonderful guide is his most personal, powerful and vulnerable work yet.

Dolly ChughAuthor of The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias

This could be one of the most important books you’ll ever read.

Jim KnightAuthor of The Definitive Guide to Instructional Coaching

A wonderful ode to purposeful ambition.

Anne-Laure Le CunffFounder, Ness Labs

This book is legendary

Leanne HughesHost of the First Time Facilitator podcast