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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon September 23, 2009
We all face set-backs in life at one time or another. Whether it be an economic downturn, new and greater competition, negative associations, you name it, life is full of challenges. We all face them, and we all must decide on how to face them. That is the crucial part. In Jon Gordon's little parable, THE SHARK AND THE GOLDFISH, we learn about Gordy, the goldfish. In a sudden series of events, Gordy finds himself no longer in the comfortable confines of his fishbowl, but loose in a vast ocean of uncertainty. Luckily for Gordy, he finds a mentor in Sammy the Shark.

Gordy learns lessons from Sammy we all need to learn and apply to our everyday lives, both personal and professional. Author Jon Gordon does a terrific job of presenting valuable lessons in an entertaining way. For me, the part I liked most was a short but concise lesson on the commonalities and differences in faith and fear, the effects of each, and how to leave fear behind and replace it with faith. This little lesson alone is more than worth the price of this little book.

I'm looking forward to introducing this story at my next meeting. There are some great training tools here on positive ways to not only face change (in an ever changing world) but how to come out on top of change and make that change work to your benefit.

If you're looking for a quick and easy read that will change focus and outlook, this is it. I have several employees who all but refuse to read. This one can easily be digested in about an hour, so it perfect for non-readers to get them on the right track and create a positive change for them.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 11, 2009
I have become hooked on Jon Gordon's writing style this year having read 4 of his books since January, 2009. The Shark and the Goldfish continued to deliver the quality,usable information that I have come to expect from Jon. Jon is great about getting us to think about how we can control our own situation, that we are in charge, and that if things are not the way we want we have the power to change them. I also really appreciate the way that Jon address the theory of abundance. There are plenty of opportunities in the world, we just have to find those opportunities that will work for us and meet our needs.

The Shark and the Goldfish is a quick read that could be read at the start of each week to keep your spirits up, keep your ability to seek out new opportunities honed, an to serve to uplift your spirits to conquer any challenge you face.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Phenomenal book!
I'm a little hesitant of the "business fable" books (never really understood the hullabaloo regarding "Who Moved My Cheese") but The Shark and The Goldfish is on my personal list of favorite books of the year. There's nothing outrageously original about the message, but isn't that true of all universal messages? The story was engaging and the important themes weren't lost in the fable. Buy copies of this book for your entire team -- they should sell them in groups (Groupers?) so you can gift them to your entire "school" of Goldfish friends!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2010
What do you want to be? A Shark or a Goldfish? Jon Gordon uses this simple story of Gordy the Goldfish and Sammy the Shark to remind us of important lessons which we all can use to ride the waves of change. The story is a quick read which can be finished in one sitting, but the lessons will last for a while.

Staying positive, staying humble and hungry, working hard, and other points guide the reader to a position of thriving instead of merely surviving during waves of change. We can sit back and wait to be fed by others and simply survive, or instead, we can thrive by going out and searching for our own food.

As is often said, good things come in small packages. This short story of Gordy and Sammy will have a huge impact on how you respond to life's events and challenges.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 11, 2011
My wife bought me this book since I'm in the process of opening up my own PT clinic. It helped give me a perspective of how and why I was opening up the clinic for as well as the strength and support I needed at the time. A great book to visit once a year to make sure you don't lose your outlook on life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2009
This is the shortest book Jon Gordon has written in his series. Not as good as training camp, but this book still has great insights you can apply to your life immediatley. it is a great book to get yourself re motivated when someone knocks you off your path.
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on August 21, 2011
Book review by Richard L. Weaver II, Ph.D.

Oh no, not another business-related parable! The author writes "A Confession" on page ix: "I recognize the fact that in real life goldfish cannot survive in the ocean's saltwater--and that fish really can't talk, either. [He inserts a smiley emoticon here!] This is an imaginary story meant to convey an important message. After all," Gordon writes, "Mickey Mouse, Shrek, Nemo, and Superman are invented characters as well." I'm very pleased he pointed this out for like my belief in Santa Clause and the Easter bunny, I had always believed that Mickey Mouse, Shrek, Nemo, and Superman were real! Darn him!!

There are 78 pages in this little ( 5" x 7") book, and close to 30 of them are devoted to illustrations, thus, this is a book of just about 50 pages. If you have a couple of hours to spare, this is a "fun" book to read, and you'll still have time left over for other things.

The four principles for thriving during change include: 1) Embrace the wave of change, 2) ride the wave of change, 3) stay positive during change, and 4) thrive because of change. At the end of the book, Gorden challenges readers in each category by asking questions that he labels, "Food for Thought," designed as "Individual/Small Group/Team Discussion Questions."

Although the book is well-written, the story "cute," and the principles simple, I'm not certain that Gordon offers enough that is new, challenging, or innovative that can't be found in more substantive books that are well-researched, evidence-based, and experience-proven.

Don Snyder, "The Idea Guy," from Columbus, Ohio, writes in his review of the book: "Phenomenal book! I'm a little hesitant of the "business fable" books (never really understood the hullabaloo regarding "Who Moved My Cheese") but The Shark and The Goldfish is on my personal list of favorite books of the year. There's nothing outrageously original about the message, but isn't that true of all universal messages? The story was engaging and the important themes weren't lost in the fable. Buy copies of this book for your entire team -- they should sell them in groups (Groupers?) so you can gift them to your entire "school" of Goldfish friends!"

Monty Rainey, from New Braunfels, Texas, ends his review, with these two paragraphs: "I'm looking forward to introducing this story at my next meeting. There are some great training tools here on positive ways to not only face change (in an ever changing world) but how to come out on top of change and make that change work to your benefit.

"If you're looking for a quick and easy read that will change focus and outlook, this is it. I have several employees who all but refuse to read. This one can easily be digested in about an hour, so it perfect for non-readers to get them on the right track and create a positive change for them."

I think it is a great book for non-readers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 13, 2011
This is an incredibly easy book to read but has so much great information! Loved all the insights and coorelations to "real" life...Thank you Jon Gordon for reminding us of the realities we all face and how to use obstacles as opportunities!
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Most of us realize the key to long-term success is being prepared for short-term setbacks; attitude is everything, especially during times of crisis. Those who refuse to accept failure as an option usually find a way to succeed; it's really that simple.

Jon Gordon certainly understands this, and his wonderfully charming parable about a goldfish faced with a life or death situation, reveals the doggedly optimistic spirit the author possesses, and it becomes the theme for this book; if you're going to swim with the sharks, you'd better learn to think like one; otherwise, you'll be dead meat in a big hurry.

In this cynical day and age, it's refreshing to see such an optimistic perspective shining through, in such an engaging manner. The end result is a wonderfully inspirational message that even the most pessimistic naysayer will surely enjoy.

Reading this story will bring a large dose of optimism to your outlook on life, and certainly help you develop the right frame of mind to achieve just about any goal you set out to accomplish. What more could you ask for?
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on April 3, 2015
You'll see this review for all the Jon Gordon books I read. I actually bought "Training Camp" first, because I wanted my daughter (competitive soccer player) to work on her mental game. I read it first to be sure it was appropriate for her age (15). Well, I loved it! I found many helpful things for me. I was getting in a rut at my job and after looking inside myself, it seemed as though I was always angry and frustrated. I reached a point where I decided to change my outlook on everything, and whatever happens externally, happens. After Training Camp, I read the entire Jon Gordon series. They are very easy reading, regardless of age level (teens and up). People might complain that his books are too basic, but if you don't need a PHD to understand something, why write it like you need one? Each book has very simple steps and/or lessons to move you in the right direction. They didn't all work for me, but they all changed my outlook. Great stuff!
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