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CHAPTER ONE is a story of epic proportions by Thankyou co-founder Daniel Flynn. It’s a bumpy and entertaining ride of gut-wrenching decisions, wild mistakes and daring moves into business, marketing, social enterprise and beyond. Follow the journey of three Australian kids from Melbourne with zero business experience and the shared belief that we all have the power to chan CHAPTER ONE is a story of epic proportions by Thankyou co-founder Daniel Flynn. It’s a bumpy and entertaining ride of gut-wrenching decisions, wild mistakes and daring moves into business, marketing, social enterprise and beyond. Follow the journey of three Australian kids from Melbourne with zero business experience and the shared belief that we all have the power to change stuff. Chapter One is more than a book. It’s an invitation, addressed to you. To inspire you to challenge what you know and remind you that crazy ideas can become a reality. It’s also an opportunity to be a part of something big. Something that could change the course of history.


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CHAPTER ONE is a story of epic proportions by Thankyou co-founder Daniel Flynn. It’s a bumpy and entertaining ride of gut-wrenching decisions, wild mistakes and daring moves into business, marketing, social enterprise and beyond. Follow the journey of three Australian kids from Melbourne with zero business experience and the shared belief that we all have the power to chan CHAPTER ONE is a story of epic proportions by Thankyou co-founder Daniel Flynn. It’s a bumpy and entertaining ride of gut-wrenching decisions, wild mistakes and daring moves into business, marketing, social enterprise and beyond. Follow the journey of three Australian kids from Melbourne with zero business experience and the shared belief that we all have the power to change stuff. Chapter One is more than a book. It’s an invitation, addressed to you. To inspire you to challenge what you know and remind you that crazy ideas can become a reality. It’s also an opportunity to be a part of something big. Something that could change the course of history.

30 review for Chapter One: You have the power to change stuff

  1. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    I came across this book via the book launch video, which I found so inspirational that I followed the link and bought myself a copy straight away. Here's a link to the video - https://youtu.be/Yx44cXeKC7s Chapter One is an inspirational, biographical account of the first eight years behind the scenes of the Australian social enterprise Thankyou. It tells of how the author, Daniel, with the help of many others, took his idea of developing a brand to sell products and donate all the profits to char I came across this book via the book launch video, which I found so inspirational that I followed the link and bought myself a copy straight away. Here's a link to the video - https://youtu.be/Yx44cXeKC7s Chapter One is an inspirational, biographical account of the first eight years behind the scenes of the Australian social enterprise Thankyou. It tells of how the author, Daniel, with the help of many others, took his idea of developing a brand to sell products and donate all the profits to charity. It started with bottled water - 100% of the profits going to build wells in developing countries to ensure clean water supply for those in need. It has since progressed to food and personal care items. Because all the profits from existing products go to charity and Thankyou not having shareholders, money for expansion into other areas needed to be found - so here is Chapter One - a pay what you want book currently available in ebook (I got because I was too impatient to wait for the postman) and landscape printed paperback. I believe there is an audiobook in production too. Daniel is bold and charismatic, enthusiastic about his social enterprise, which all comes through in his writing. I couldn't help but feel inspired too. He shares the good days as well as the bad days. He uses his experiences to demonstrate what can happen if you try, but not in a braggy way. He shares tips and advice, wisdom that he has picked up along the way, and encourages everyone who reads it to be brave and just start.

  2. 5 out of 5

    P

    - 1.5 - Love the impact of thankyou and the work they do - Book was jarring to read at times - Repeated foreshadowing/selling the concept was overdone - Read more like a really long speech due to overly conversational tone - Felt like lows were glossed over - Wanted to know more about some aspects e.g. he talks about being unhappy with how a meeting had gone. Why?

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chloe Stanzel

    I brought Chapter One mainly to support Dainel Flynns work. I like what he and his charity stands for, and the power of thinking differently. However I wasn't amazed by this book, it seemed a little messy and needed more editing. I brought Chapter One mainly to support Dainel Flynns work. I like what he and his charity stands for, and the power of thinking differently. However I wasn't amazed by this book, it seemed a little messy and needed more editing.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cass

    I am trying to resist commenting before I am absolutely finished... but golly this author is so arrogant I have almost had enough. As a memoir, about the efforts that went into launching a not-for-profit company, it is really interesting, but as a book it was insulting and arrogant. For a start the author has turned the book sideways, and then arrogantly asks if this way isn't better (No! No it is not), he promises that their is a real reason for why he does it -- SPOILER: It's just a gimmick. He I am trying to resist commenting before I am absolutely finished... but golly this author is so arrogant I have almost had enough. As a memoir, about the efforts that went into launching a not-for-profit company, it is really interesting, but as a book it was insulting and arrogant. For a start the author has turned the book sideways, and then arrogantly asks if this way isn't better (No! No it is not), he promises that their is a real reason for why he does it -- SPOILER: It's just a gimmick. He begins the book with an extremely meta first couple of chapters. It talks about how it is going to talk about stuff... except I had no idea what it was talking about. It was like a really long version of "Hi, My name is John and today I am going to write an essay in which I am going to convince you to eat broccoli.", you know, but a whole chapter. Then each chapter is summarised, and this continues for the entire book - just like a sermon - and that is exactly what this book feels like - a sermon being delivered by the youth pastor. I don't know how can there be enough in each chapter to have a five point summary? The story that the book was telling is actually kind of interesting, they were young, and stupid, and they got away with it. They constantly backed buyers into corners, and then patted themselves on the back when it worked. They thought hearing things like "I have never seen anything like this in 30 years" was surprising, given that youtube and viral marketing campaigns are only emerging tools... No one did things like that 30 years ago, so of course it was all new. The entire book was laced with so much arrogance, not the good kind, just complete arrogance. But for the most part, and with only the odd chapter needing to be skipped (Chapter 1, 10, 11) it was pretty interesting learning about how the industry works. Sometimes the youth is so obvious, which makes all the arrogance so annoying. Like the time a reporter called them the pretender to Richard Branson's throne of creative marketing, and they publicly took offense because they didn't know what the word meant. An odd thing to brag about because they didn't get the deal, and that kind of gaff would have hurt. Similarly when a partner told them that they had lost friends by their ambush strategies, instead of listening they took offense. I am not sure that they realise that what they did was create a potential PR nightmare for the supermarkets - and then pat themselves on the back for it and wonder why no one else did things this way. It is the modern equivalent of an Edwardian woman trapping a man into marrying her (and then wondering why no one else did it that way) - Oh my goodness, they are Lydia Bennet - when she marries Wickham and then wonders why no one else does it that way -- But I digress. Anyhow, I am going to finish reading the book. The memoir part is nice, and I like the product and will buy it if I see it (so win for the organisation), but the book is only going to get 1-star, I want to give it 2-stars but the arrogance and side-ways writing are too big a hurdle. (And chapter 13... Skip that one too, it's a weird mixture of thank yous and check lists).

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tess

    I couldn't put this book down. Such an amazing story. And the best bit? You are supporting the next chapter of Thankyou and in turn millions of people around the world just by purchasing the book! I couldn't put this book down. Such an amazing story. And the best bit? You are supporting the next chapter of Thankyou and in turn millions of people around the world just by purchasing the book!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Marcella Purnama

    My first real full-time job was at a nonprofit. It was a mind-opening experience for me, and I know too well the feeling of how numbers dictate it all or how we feel like we are not making a change in the world. I remember feeling like giving up and talking to one of my colleagues about it, asking whether he ever felt like throwing in the towel. My colleague could easily make more money elsewhere, but he had been staying for eight years. Upon hearing my question, he gave me the biggest grin and s My first real full-time job was at a nonprofit. It was a mind-opening experience for me, and I know too well the feeling of how numbers dictate it all or how we feel like we are not making a change in the world. I remember feeling like giving up and talking to one of my colleagues about it, asking whether he ever felt like throwing in the towel. My colleague could easily make more money elsewhere, but he had been staying for eight years. Upon hearing my question, he gave me the biggest grin and said, 'Of course. But every time I heard that one person's life is changed because of what we do, it's all worth it for that one person.' Sometimes we forget that numbers are people. This book reminds me, once again, that people matter. Go on, Mr. Flynn. Write Chapter Two.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Arthur Lai

    Quite possibly the best book I’ve ever read. I loved Dan’s desire to “change the game” to impact peoples lives, and his authenticity and humility to share all his past mistakes and struggles. The thankyou journey has been one of inspiration that all of us can glean from. I would be surprised if the only change that occurred in your life after reading this book was to stock thankyou products at home! Would definitely recommend this book to anyone and everyone who wants to make a difference, and to Quite possibly the best book I’ve ever read. I loved Dan’s desire to “change the game” to impact peoples lives, and his authenticity and humility to share all his past mistakes and struggles. The thankyou journey has been one of inspiration that all of us can glean from. I would be surprised if the only change that occurred in your life after reading this book was to stock thankyou products at home! Would definitely recommend this book to anyone and everyone who wants to make a difference, and to be a blessing to those around them!!

  8. 5 out of 5

    LB (Ben) Johnston

    I really think this book is worth your time and beyond a doubt your money. Reading through Daniel’s story and his passion for what they are doing is overwhelming at times but like anything worth doing it takes courage and commitment. Firstly, this book will actually make a difference in you and also in what this company aims to achieve. Secondly, you will be investing in a unique way, kind of like a Kickstarter where the end product is a seed fund for this enterprise to grow. My favourite wallet w I really think this book is worth your time and beyond a doubt your money. Reading through Daniel’s story and his passion for what they are doing is overwhelming at times but like anything worth doing it takes courage and commitment. Firstly, this book will actually make a difference in you and also in what this company aims to achieve. Secondly, you will be investing in a unique way, kind of like a Kickstarter where the end product is a seed fund for this enterprise to grow. My favourite wallet was from a Kickstarter project, I even bought their second one – it took a while for me to get it but I felt a part of the journey in a small but exciting way. You can be a part of the Thankyou journey which is way more exciting IMO. The book was an incredible and inspirational read, here are my three favourite highlights / quotes. 1. Stepping out of your comfort zone "What is important is that once you get out of your comfort zone, you begin to actually ask questions – and you start thinking and challenging what you’ve always accepted as the norm." This is a challenging one for me personally, my default is to keep things predictable and safe, looking forward to stepping out more. 2. The game will change "Some people don’t think the game will ever change. But it always does." This is incredibly true, and the byproduct of this truth is that we can be the people who get surprised when change comes or the ones making the change (or at least embracing the change as it happens). 3. Celebrate the wins "… there will always be more to do. Before you go again, you must enjoy [celebrate] the win." This is another one that challenged me, I so easily look to the next thing and feel that I have not achieved, completed or done enough but rarely take the time to look back to celebrate and be thankful. It is even better to celebrate the wins with others in a practical way. Also posted at https://medium.com/@_lb_/the-book-by-...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Louise

    Suffers from some of the same problems as Creating Cities by Marcus Westbury. The use of first-person narrative, even when the author is head-nodding to other people involved in the movement, comes across as ego-centric. It's an inherent problem with writing from "I"; along with the use of fairly unremarkable language (it's hard to explain why this is so, but my high school English teachers were definitely onto something). As a book, Chapter One is somewhat ordinary; however, as an idea, Thankyo Suffers from some of the same problems as Creating Cities by Marcus Westbury. The use of first-person narrative, even when the author is head-nodding to other people involved in the movement, comes across as ego-centric. It's an inherent problem with writing from "I"; along with the use of fairly unremarkable language (it's hard to explain why this is so, but my high school English teachers were definitely onto something). As a book, Chapter One is somewhat ordinary; however, as an idea, Thankyou is an extraordinary whirlwind. Give Flynn and co credit where credit is due; they're definitely ballsy.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Dixon

    This book is so inspirational (and yes it's written landscape but trust me it totally adds to the story). It tells the story of Daniel Flynn and how he started Thankyou who give 100% of their profits to help people in need with the goal of eliminating world poverty. And the best bit is all profits from the sale of this book go to funding the next chapter of Thankyou and in turn help millions of people around the world currently living in poverty. Don't know if I've ever heard of a better excuse t This book is so inspirational (and yes it's written landscape but trust me it totally adds to the story). It tells the story of Daniel Flynn and how he started Thankyou who give 100% of their profits to help people in need with the goal of eliminating world poverty. And the best bit is all profits from the sale of this book go to funding the next chapter of Thankyou and in turn help millions of people around the world currently living in poverty. Don't know if I've ever heard of a better excuse to buy a book!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kiara

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Chapter 1.1 is free for download when you subscribe to Thankyou, so I subscribed and read, The Game Just Changed, aloud with minimal mistakes at almost one page per minute (30 pages in about 40 minutes). I loved it, it is so much more than a book, written horizontally AND with no RRP, it is a revolutionary idea and when I obtain the physical book I will read every page, I will hold it in public and smile at people who give me strangle looks as I hold it “the wrong way”, I will cherish it. (March Chapter 1.1 is free for download when you subscribe to Thankyou, so I subscribed and read, The Game Just Changed, aloud with minimal mistakes at almost one page per minute (30 pages in about 40 minutes). I loved it, it is so much more than a book, written horizontally AND with no RRP, it is a revolutionary idea and when I obtain the physical book I will read every page, I will hold it in public and smile at people who give me strangle looks as I hold it “the wrong way”, I will cherish it. (March 3, 2017) The sideways text is interesting but inconvenient. (Unknown date, 2018)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    Daniel Flynn's passion leaps off the pages of this book. It takes you on a journey and asks you to look at things a little differently and ask yourself some questions. But at the same time, it doesn't read at all like a 'guide to success'. In fact, if the founders of Thankyou had followed the 'path to success' well travelled by many a CEO, Thankyou wouldn't be what it is. This is a fantastic read and I really enjoyed it. Daniel Flynn's passion leaps off the pages of this book. It takes you on a journey and asks you to look at things a little differently and ask yourself some questions. But at the same time, it doesn't read at all like a 'guide to success'. In fact, if the founders of Thankyou had followed the 'path to success' well travelled by many a CEO, Thankyou wouldn't be what it is. This is a fantastic read and I really enjoyed it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie

    Good. Interesting entraprenuer read over all. Wasn't to rant or preachy. It was a bit of a struggle to finish it, but I am 100% behind the company and you cannot argue with their ethics, morals or gutsy approach to creating a positive footprint in the world. Good. Interesting entraprenuer read over all. Wasn't to rant or preachy. It was a bit of a struggle to finish it, but I am 100% behind the company and you cannot argue with their ethics, morals or gutsy approach to creating a positive footprint in the world.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Aamir Ogna

    I have never been more inspired than after reading this book. The story of Thankyou is incredible and more importantly, it's extremely well told. This is a must read for anyone who aspires to do something bigger with their lives. I have never been more inspired than after reading this book. The story of Thankyou is incredible and more importantly, it's extremely well told. This is a must read for anyone who aspires to do something bigger with their lives.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sam Marelich

    Incredibly inspiring, one of my favourite books this year.

  16. 4 out of 5

    To. B. Read.

    Chapter One is written by Daniel Flynn the co-founder of Thankyou, a non-for-profit social enterprise started in Melbourne Australia. Chapter One is the story of three driven individuals with no business experience but one big idea, to change the lives of the nearly one billion people who don’t have access to safe water. Chapter One inspires you to challenge the status quo and recognise your own ability to create significant change in the world, if you are willing to think big, think differently Chapter One is written by Daniel Flynn the co-founder of Thankyou, a non-for-profit social enterprise started in Melbourne Australia. Chapter One is the story of three driven individuals with no business experience but one big idea, to change the lives of the nearly one billion people who don’t have access to safe water. Chapter One inspires you to challenge the status quo and recognise your own ability to create significant change in the world, if you are willing to think big, think differently and turn obstacles into opportunities. The origin of Thankyou is an exciting story of risk taking, creativity and determination. Flynn and his team set out to change the game and they brought that innovative spirit into the publication of this book. Printing Chapter One landscape may at first seem like a gimmick, but it is used as a tool by the author, every time you pick up this book you are reminded to challenge preconceptions. You are reminded that just because conventional wisdom dictates one way of doing things, that does not mean you cannot succeed doing things differently. Challenging norms can be scary, and you will inevitably run into self-doubt and question “what if it doesn’t work?”. But a question people rarely ask themselves is “what if it does?”. Using Thankyou as a shining example of defying the odds, reading this book gives you the confidence and enthusiasm you need to take those risks and pursue something bigger than yourself. Flynn is incredibly open about his failures and his doubts or short comings as a leader. But, as the title of the book Chapter One suggests, this is just the beginning of the Thankyou story. The author’s vulnerability adds significant relatability to the journey. Providing a refreshing perspective compared to the usual business success story written at the heights of a professional’s career, that often feel too far removed and unachievable. The book champions the importance of purpose or finding your personal ‘why’. The obstacles to your success will be challenging but they are not insurmountable if you are driven by a deeply held sense of purpose. Once you find that ‘why’ you do not need to go your journey alone. Networking for some people has negative transactional connotations. However, these connections are not only useful to advance your career, they also present the opportunity to connect with like-minded people who are passionate about the same issues you are. Flynn is undoubtedly a very driven and intelligent individual, but he is quick to acknowledge the massive role that others have played in his journey. From the other founders at Thankyou, to the partners who carry out the projects in the field, the many influential mentors, and of course the customers that buy Thankyou products. There is strength in numbers, find those who believe in your mission, who are going to work with you, cover your weaknesses and enhance your strengths and you will be more successful than you could ever be on your own. Chapter One is written in a very conversational tone and is occasionally repetitive. However, it is written with a great sense of authenticity and is highly accessible. The book draws you in and you will be wrapped up in the story of Thankyou. You will hurt with every setback and celebrate with every win. The mission of this book; prove to every reader they have the power to change stuff. So, dream big, be different, find your ‘why’, build your team, then create change.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Pat

    Inspiring read of how three Australian 19 year old students decided to make the impossible possible. They co-founded Thank you as a social enterprise to bottle and sell water to consumers with a social conscience where 100%!! of the profits go to fund clean water access in third world countries. Since founding their charitable foundation (which wholly owns the corporation so there are no investors or shareholders to share profits with) in 2008 they have gone on to raise $6.2 million to fund wate Inspiring read of how three Australian 19 year old students decided to make the impossible possible. They co-founded Thank you as a social enterprise to bottle and sell water to consumers with a social conscience where 100%!! of the profits go to fund clean water access in third world countries. Since founding their charitable foundation (which wholly owns the corporation so there are no investors or shareholders to share profits with) in 2008 they have gone on to raise $6.2 million to fund water projects. The sale of this book (BTW, printed sideways to challenge your comfortable thinking) through "pay what you want" pricing has generated $2.5 million to fund their expansion into New Zealand and into food and body care products (where, you guessed it, 100% of the profits will fund food security and sanitation projects in third world countries). Go buy a book!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Iris Petropoulos

    An extremely innovative and inspiring biographical account that really shows that big dreams can be made a reality. Thankyou, an organisation built for ‘100% impact’ and reducing extreme poverty, is a social enterprise which sells water, hygiene and muesli products to directly help those in need, with 100% of the profits being funded into projects to reduce the lack of access to water and hygiene in third world countries. This chapter explores the founding of the organisation, it’s vision, their An extremely innovative and inspiring biographical account that really shows that big dreams can be made a reality. Thankyou, an organisation built for ‘100% impact’ and reducing extreme poverty, is a social enterprise which sells water, hygiene and muesli products to directly help those in need, with 100% of the profits being funded into projects to reduce the lack of access to water and hygiene in third world countries. This chapter explores the founding of the organisation, it’s vision, their biggest successes and the greatest challenges they’ve faced and overcome. Daniel Flynn, co-founder and author, shares many insights and tips into becoming successful; through growth and being prepared to learn from your failures. He demonstrates that by preparing to fail and learning from those mistakes can lead an individual to some of the greatest outcomes. His positive and determined mindset flows through from author to reader, encouraging the reader that they can do whatever they put their mind to; that nothing is ever impossible. This is no ordinary book. Not only is it written horizontally, it’s a journey written to teach you to change your perspective and become a part of something huge.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    I picked this book up at an airport bookshop - I intrigued by the $0.01 price tag. Quickly learning that this was a ‘pay what you want’ kind of situation, I knew I had to buy this book and find out exactly what was going on. This book recounts the story of the startup social enterprise ‘thankyou’ with the funds from the sales of the book going towards chapter 2 of the business. I found the whole story absolutely fascinating - as someone with a degree in business it obviously was catered to my inte I picked this book up at an airport bookshop - I intrigued by the $0.01 price tag. Quickly learning that this was a ‘pay what you want’ kind of situation, I knew I had to buy this book and find out exactly what was going on. This book recounts the story of the startup social enterprise ‘thankyou’ with the funds from the sales of the book going towards chapter 2 of the business. I found the whole story absolutely fascinating - as someone with a degree in business it obviously was catered to my interests so I can’t say for certain that everyone will find it just as interesting. BUT I think this is an important read - it highlights the need for innovative thinking and new approaches to solving problems. And it’s just a little bit novel to read a book that’s been printed sideways.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nyshan

    The book chapter one is from a "Thank You" corporation written by Daniel Flynn. It is a book which expands the human brain's knowledge. It is written from a Australian influence. The book is basically his point of view to society and what he believes is right and wrong. The book is also to challenge and inspire you too do different things. Flynn is saying that everyone has the power to change something. It is a book which shows the less developed countries in the world and shows the donations th The book chapter one is from a "Thank You" corporation written by Daniel Flynn. It is a book which expands the human brain's knowledge. It is written from a Australian influence. The book is basically his point of view to society and what he believes is right and wrong. The book is also to challenge and inspire you too do different things. Flynn is saying that everyone has the power to change something. It is a book which shows the less developed countries in the world and shows the donations that Flynn has given to charities. Daniel Flynn is gathering society to help and change the world because "you have the power to change stuff".

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    I absolutely loved this book! It couldn’t have landed in my hands at a better time. I feel truely inspired to follow my purpose in life and help change the world to be a better place in the small (maybe not so small?) way I can after reading this book. It tells of Thankyou’s beautiful startup journey full of highs and lows that had me in tears at points. Their perseverance and belief in their vision is what has lead to their success and I believe this book will help inspire readers to follow the I absolutely loved this book! It couldn’t have landed in my hands at a better time. I feel truely inspired to follow my purpose in life and help change the world to be a better place in the small (maybe not so small?) way I can after reading this book. It tells of Thankyou’s beautiful startup journey full of highs and lows that had me in tears at points. Their perseverance and belief in their vision is what has lead to their success and I believe this book will help inspire readers to follow their dreams and succeed in the face of adversity also. Thank you Daniel Flynn for sharing your story... I look forward to Chapter Two!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    3.5 stars, maybe even 3.8. I enjoyed this book because the author is clearly a storyteller - the success of his social projects depends on that. At the same time, I’m aware some people may find the book a bit preachy, or that too many things lined up perfectly for them and the lightning in a bottle might not roll out exactly the same for everyone with a new idea. So, take what you can for your personal start up ideas, or, if you’re like me who doesn’t have a start up concept and just enjoys a go 3.5 stars, maybe even 3.8. I enjoyed this book because the author is clearly a storyteller - the success of his social projects depends on that. At the same time, I’m aware some people may find the book a bit preachy, or that too many things lined up perfectly for them and the lightning in a bottle might not roll out exactly the same for everyone with a new idea. So, take what you can for your personal start up ideas, or, if you’re like me who doesn’t have a start up concept and just enjoys a good story, enjoy the fact that this company exists and because of that, many people around the world have been positively impacted. And maybe, like me, buy some Thankyou soap!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Hey It’S

    Fascinating story of a group of determined young adults that dared to step out of the mainstream methods to get things to where they wanted to go. Great innovative gorilla marketing tactics that taught corporates a thing or 2 about getting heard. I personally am obsessed with social enterprises an founder stories and this one doesn’t fail to inspire and invigorate your hope that anything is possible and the power of one to change the world. Also this book is printed so you read it like you’d hav Fascinating story of a group of determined young adults that dared to step out of the mainstream methods to get things to where they wanted to go. Great innovative gorilla marketing tactics that taught corporates a thing or 2 about getting heard. I personally am obsessed with social enterprises an founder stories and this one doesn’t fail to inspire and invigorate your hope that anything is possible and the power of one to change the world. Also this book is printed so you read it like you’d have a laptop and I don’t get why this isn’t how books are ‘meant’ to be printed haha but its a perfect example if how they think different to get sh$^ done!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Han M

    I received this book as a Christmas gift and I'll admit that at first I laughed out loud having initially taken it for a self-help book. And it sort of is, however upon further reading it become more and more intriguing- the unconventional lay-out of the book probably contributed to that. Unconventional and intrigue continued to be a theme throughout- this memoir/ chapter of the social enterprise Thankyou's life so far has certainly challenged my thinking. Quite a long-winded book, but the length I received this book as a Christmas gift and I'll admit that at first I laughed out loud having initially taken it for a self-help book. And it sort of is, however upon further reading it become more and more intriguing- the unconventional lay-out of the book probably contributed to that. Unconventional and intrigue continued to be a theme throughout- this memoir/ chapter of the social enterprise Thankyou's life so far has certainly challenged my thinking. Quite a long-winded book, but the length enabled me to take in the author's intended messages (hopefully!).

  25. 4 out of 5

    Catherine James

    Australian entrepreneurs! Hard to sum this book up. Just read it, if you are looking for a no-BS recount of the often ridiculous path 3 friends took to help end world poverty by manufacturing bottled water. They were inspiring in their ignorance and it's refreshing to read of the many failures along the way. And there is not one purpose, goal or mission statement discussion. My favourite re-quote towards the end of the book is "Word of mouth eats billboards for breakfast". Case in point. Australian entrepreneurs! Hard to sum this book up. Just read it, if you are looking for a no-BS recount of the often ridiculous path 3 friends took to help end world poverty by manufacturing bottled water. They were inspiring in their ignorance and it's refreshing to read of the many failures along the way. And there is not one purpose, goal or mission statement discussion. My favourite re-quote towards the end of the book is "Word of mouth eats billboards for breakfast". Case in point.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Smay Moore

    A pretty easy read. I saw a review saying that this book has been written like a motivational speech and I couldn’t agree more (though that’s not necessarily a bad thing). I would have liked them to go into a bit more detail in terms of their failures/ how they overcame that, but I also understand that it’s their story so far, so of course they’re going to focus more on the positive and only gloss over the negative.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Barratt

    This is a profound and thought provoking story about the first period of the development of a social enterprise called Thankyou written by the Founder and CEO. I found it refreshing and inspiring throughout. It's printed - deliberately - in landscape format which adds to its sense of enquiry. The call to action at the end of the book is powerful. Recommended. This is a profound and thought provoking story about the first period of the development of a social enterprise called Thankyou written by the Founder and CEO. I found it refreshing and inspiring throughout. It's printed - deliberately - in landscape format which adds to its sense of enquiry. The call to action at the end of the book is powerful. Recommended.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Karen Jones

    An inspirational story about passion and dedication. The founders of Thankyou have truly revolutionised social enterprise (or did they create it) and they have challenged our standard behaviours from business ownership through to consumer choices. A great read that makes you want to have a bigger impact on others.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Joel Blacker

    An incredibly heartening story of the beginnings of Thankyou, a great introduction to social enterprise. Filled with many great wisdoms entrepreneurial and otherwise. A personal favourite - "advertising is the tax you pay for being unremarkable" (which speaks I think to Seth Godin's purple cow theory). A book I must read again. An incredibly heartening story of the beginnings of Thankyou, a great introduction to social enterprise. Filled with many great wisdoms entrepreneurial and otherwise. A personal favourite - "advertising is the tax you pay for being unremarkable" (which speaks I think to Seth Godin's purple cow theory). A book I must read again.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    I wanted to enjoy this book as what ThankYou has accomplished is amazing work and I love the idea behind it. But I did not enjoy reading it. What should have been an easy read took me 2 months as I couldn’t bring myself to pick up the book as each chapter felt like a pat on the back and not truly motivational until the last 3 parts. I also did not enjoy reading the book sideways.

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