- Hardcover: 84 pages
- Publisher: Ramsey Press; 7.2.2011 edition (January 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0978562046
- ISBN-13: 978-0978562045
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 393 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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This audiobook, based on a 1921 story, follows Peck, a war veteran and double amputee eager to work for Ricks' Logging Company. The firm's executives hire the hardworking and honest Peck almost as a lark, because they're unhappy with several current employees' performance. Peck immediately surprises them by going out and selling the most undesirable lumber for unbelievably high prices. He's back in the office briefly before heading out on another sale when he's asked to do an odd errand: he has to track down a particular blue vase in a shop on Sunday and deliver it to the company president by that evening. The intrepid Peck finds the store, tracks down the owner and finally obtains the vase, proving he is indeed a go-getter. The story is undoubtedly old-fashioned, but the actions and attitudes of both the worker and the manager still ring true today. Although using an exaggerated tone at times, Morey brings Peck to life, particularly in portraying the salesman's frustration when he has difficulty finding the vase. The brief afterword, summarizing the message and highlighting the lessons-diligence, persistence, honesty-is useful, though not overly original, and Morey reads it straightforwardly, with no theatrics. This lighthearted parable may interest fledgling salespeople and less experienced employees.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
"Although Kyne's tale of business smarts has been around for some time, it doesn't feel dated. ... The 82-year-old story gets some slight spiffing up by business book writer Axelrod, and the afterword is especially helpful in pinpointing Kyne's main ideas." - Publishers Weekly
"The Go-Getter is a great book for motivating employees to take initiative and make decisions without constantly asking for management assent. ... What a revelation!" - Mark Hansen, The American Society of Safety Engineers
"Earle M. Jorgensen, who built one of the nation's largest steel distribution companies and helped persuade Ronald Reagan to go into politics ... kept stacks of a book called The Go-Getter: A Story That Tells You How to Be One [in his desk] and gave away signed copies to visitors." - The New York Times--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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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.
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.