The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea
By Bob Burg
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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 referred to by his many devotees simply as the Chairman.
Over the next week, Pindar introduces Joe to a series of “go-givers:” a restaurateur, a CEO, a financial adviser, a real estate broker, and the “Connector,” who brought them all together. Pindar’s friends share with Joe the Five Laws of Stratospheric Success and teach him how to open himself up to the power of giving.
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 returns.
Imparted with wit and grace, The Go-Giver is a heartwarming and inspiring tale that brings new relevance to the old proverb “Give and you shall receive.”
By Lisa M Wilber
When I received my copy of the "Go-Giver" I, too; was going to read it in small doses and then couldn't put it down! I love the way the story is written and unfolds. It forces you to keep reading -- you BECOME the character and you get TRANSPORTED into the story. The writing is so good that you smell the aroma of the coffee, you feel what the character is feeling. I was so impressed with this book, it's message and the way the message is delivered that I have purchased copies for the 118 leaders on my team. I know they all want to be successful and I know this book will go a long way toward helping them reach their goals and dreams. DEFINITELY worth the investment and the time to read it. If you have a team you manage or employees that you are responsible for directing, it's the perfect book to give them.
By Robin L Silverman
I admit it: I love a good story. But "good," to me, means more than entertaining. And it means more than presenting a good lesson, moral or otherwise. "Good," in my world, means that something needs to shift inside me. The story has to affect me in a way that rings true deep within.
And that's exactly what the "Go-Giver" does. I read it in a single sitting, as I see some of the other reviewers have, because it's impossible to put down. It's not because you want to know what's happening to the protagonist; it's because you feel something changing inside yourself and you want that change to keep happening.
Some of the other reviewers have pointed out that the basic premise of the book is to use your network of contacts to give rather than get, providing more value than customers expect. True enough. But that is only the tip of the iceberg of what the book delivers. It is a metaphysical romp that shows what happens when we let go of fear and control and find ourselves in a place we never expected to be with no immediate way out. It shows the Law of Attraction at work, and how our vibrations can and do raise not only when we're doing what we love, but when we stop designing and pushing and prodding life to be as we demand.
So, yes, the Go-Giver is a tale well-told. And it is will likely go down as a classic in the business field because its values make sense and are known to work. But further, it has a soul that makes it a book about the business of life, not just boardrooms.
My husband and I have already committed to using the 5 laws in 2008. But more, the book has made me more self-aware of when I am trying too hard to be strategic or large-and-in-charge. I know from experience that that is when my own story derails; now I have a guide that reminds me of the value of sharing what I love and never worrying about what will come next.
I plan to give the "Go-giver" to friends, family and colleagues. For yes, the protagonist does become rich in the end, but only because he has discovered that true wealth comes from within, and what is within each of us is always what is reflected without. It's not something that we can plan; it's something that we naturally are.
So, to me, "The Go-Giver" is not a good book.