August 4th, 2013

BOOKS – The Go-Giver

A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea

“Most people just laugh when they hear that the secret to success is giving…Then again, most people are nowhere near as successful as they wish they were.”

booklook2This gem of a quick read, just 128 pages, reminds me of Og Mandino’s The Greatest Salesman in the World. Told in similar fashion, although as a modern-day business parable, it’s a heartwarming and inspiring tale that brings new relevance to the old adage “give and you shall receive.” Though short, the book is packed with wisdom and insight into the human condition.

The Go-Giver tells the story of an ambitious young man named Joe who yearns for success. Joe is a true go-getter, though sometimes he feels as if the harder and faster he works, the further away his goals seem to be. And so one day, desperate to land a key sale at the end of a bad quarter, he seeks advice from the enigmatic Pindar, a legendary consultant.

Over the period of a week, Pindar introduces Joe to a series of ‘go-givers’. Pindar and his friends share with Joe the Five Laws of Stratospheric Success and teach him how to open himself up to the power of giving.

“Your influence is determined by how abundantly you place other people’s interests first.”

Joe learns that changing his focus from getting to giving – putting others’ interests first and continually adding value to their lives – ultimately leads to unexpected results.

I thoroughly enjoyed this inspirational fable, told with wit and grace. I bet you will, too.                                                      

The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea

Bob Burg and John David Mann

Penguin Books

Copyright 2007

Paperback, 128 pages

ISBN: 978-0-141-04955-7

 

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