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The Go-Getter: The Timeless Classic That Tells You How To Be One Hardcover – January 1, 2011
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Although Kyne's tale of business smarts has been around for some time (it was first published by William Randolph Hearst in 1921), it doesn't feel dated. Indeed, lumber wholesaler Cappy Ricks's situation (he "had more troubles than a hen with ducklings") mirrors that of many business leaders today. It's a straightforward parable about a young war veteran who's handed an opportunity that will either make or break his career. If he accepts the job and pulls it off, he's a go-getter; if he fails, it's curtains. The kid's motto-"It shall be done"-sums up Kyne's point: even if you're unsure, say you can do it. Then figure out how to do it and make sure you succeed. Go above and beyond. The 82-year-old story gets some slight spiffing up by business book writer Axelrod (Everything I Know About Business I Learned from Monopoly), and the afterword is especially helpful in pinpointing Kyne's main ideas.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Dave says, "This classic book teaches a critical success principle. Success in any area of your life requires that you decide that you will not be denied from reaching your goal. Everyone on my team is required to read this book."
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That kept on along the whole book, but despide that, the message that this text conveys is a ver powerful one. There are a few books which I can say that are able to change the way you think about things and the way you DO things, and this is one of them. I've assumed the attitude described in this book and believe me, it changes everything.
It's kind of short too, so don't miss out on it.
In order to understand this scenario, the story revolves around Alden P. Ricks, also known as Cappy Ricks and his lumber and logging company and his encounter with a go-getter that he described as anyone under 30 years old. And during the first few pages of the short story, the only man that he thought fit that trait was his son-in-law who he was seeking to fill a position at the company's Shanghai office. But little did he know that World War I veteran William E. Peck, a soldier who had list of unlikely circumstances after his service during the war, lost a part of his left arm, suffered a broken leg that was shorter than it should be, had a bout with pneumonia and influenza, and tuberculosis, would appear at his general office. And as he observed, illness did not stop Peck from pursuing his goal to land a job with Ricks's company. However, Rick and President of the company Mr. Skinner had something in mind to determine Peck's capability to prove his worthiness to the company. And as one reads Kyne's clever storyline, there is no denying how this narrative could have easily been included within the pages of a Dale Carnegie book.
The title of the book indeed already gives the reader an idea what they may expect the storyline may be about. But that should not discourage anyone from delving into the pages of this very short story that tells an interesting perspective of how one man's persistence, logic, and common sense helped to influence his goal.
There is a man in my town who owns 14 Pizza Huts. I found out he made his managers read this book before he hired them. I figured if it's good enough for him, it would be good enough for me.
It is a fast read, entertaining but also gets across the point very well about self-starting.
I recommend it to bosses, parents and those who want to self-start everywhere.
I found it to be a good story once I got past the writing/dialect style. It had a good moral compass, and I found it inspirational.
It is a quick and worthwhile book to read.
The story itself is short, and written in an older english that today's current lingo, so I suggest getting the audio with the book, since some of the phrases are not common and may take more than once to understand. Enjoyed this read, and will definately suggest it to my friends who are in pursuit of success.