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The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea
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- ISBN-10 : 0141962321
- Item Weight : 4.5 ounces
- ISBN-13 : 978-0141962320
- Publisher : Penguin Books Ltd (January 1, 2012)
- Dimensions : 7.8 x 0.43 x 5.08 inches
- ASIN : 0241976278
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I’d recommend this book to someone who is looking for a super-quick and light read on mindsets, perspectives, and motivation behind achieving success in business. This is a good book to have in your tool belt when you need some motivation or want to reevaluate how you approach business.
I cannot give this book more than three stars because of its over-simplicity, particularly in relation to the absolutism of the language used to support the book’s ideas.
I particularly don’t appreciate how the authors’ had Pindar use the word “Law” to describe his lessons. It devalues what otherwise are helpful and very positive lessons to live by. The authors cleverly divert the need to provide a lick of supporting evidence while still getting away with calling their ideas “Laws” by presenting their ideas through a parable. The story fails to adequately provide support for its confident assertions for success. Not to mention Pindar’s prophetic promise of “stratospheric successes” to come from following the laws. If you’re going to dub something a “Law of Stratospheric Success”, far more justification is necessary than a mere short story.
Yes this is only a story, but their “Law” clearly is intended to be applied to life and a Law implies causation. If the authors had accurately dubbed them the “Principles of Stratospheric Success”, I’d have far fewer issues with this story.
I don’t doubt the legitimacy in the inherent lessons proposed in this book. But I feel obliged to add that, like many motivational / self-improvement books that I’ve read: the tone is grandiose and flirts with omniscience, the messages are oversimplified, the teachings promise gargantuan levels of success, and therefore this book must be taken with a healthy dose of realistic thinking, trial-and-error via application in your own life, and skepticism.
The ideas that: (1) nothing is as it seems; (2) success depends on being the right kind of person; (3) a person can and must be transformed by doing what he hears; (4) givers meet needs in ways that add value to whatever they are producing or selling or offering by way of service; (5) giving depends on an ongoing willingness to receive; (6) a 100% commitment to the good of others (not 50/50 compromise or keeping score) is the key to good relationships and influence, that (7) increasing the numbers of people you impact determines compensation, and that (8) success depends on interrelatedness (connection, network, “body life”), are all consistent with the goal of following Christ as described in the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5-7. In summary, the idea that happiness, fulfillment and satisfaction are by-products of serving others—not the result of seeking these things for their own sake—is consistent with Jesus’ teaching that finding one’s life requires the willingness to lose it for Christ’s sake (Luke 9:24).
A major contribution that The Go Giver makes is its practical demonstration that possessing wealth and doing good are meant to go together, not be regarded as antithetical. This is consistent with 1 Timothy 6:17ff.
Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.
The authors assert that the principles that work for business are applicable for all of life. This is in keeping with the Christian idea that God’s existence means that He and all of reality that He created has a nature, a way of being that works accordingly. So the book, The Go Giver, is either a deliberate application (at worst, a conscious rip off) of biblical principles or, more likely, a pragmatic discovery of what works because of the nature of life and relationships—including business. Either way, two observations follow. One is that all truth is God’s truth whether people recognize Him as its original source or not. The other is that The Go Giver promotes superior principles for inferior (and inadequate) motivations: to be humanly successful in this life. The principle that it fails to recognize is this: “For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits himself?” (Luke 9:25).
The true “bottom line,” according to the Bible, is that life is to realize the meaning, purpose, and success of serving God for His glory. This requires spiritual life not found outside of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. That many principles of this service can be profitably reduced to best practices in business, industry, and human relationships is not disputed and should not be surprising or disparaged. But temporary enjoyment of people’s individual kingdoms is not worthy to be compared to the privilege of entering God’s eternal kingdom now, and inheriting it forever.
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This is one of those books you can go back to time and time again - whether you dip in and out of it, or read it cover to cover (I recommend the latter), it's just constant value.
The "Go-Giver" mindset should be applied at work, at home, with your neighbours, with the checkout attendant at the supermarket - it's a way of life. The law of reciprocity concept exists for a reason, and is the fundamental basis for this book.
Buy it, then subscribe to Bob's podcast.
He's bought over 100 of these books now, and it is brilliantly priced for the personal value you can get from it. Want to know how to live your life successfully? Read this book!!!
Be a Go-Giver. The world needs more Go-Givers.
This book is awesome.
Small yet powerfully loaded.
I couldn’t keep it to myself and had to recommend to all my group ladies- almost 45 ladies have bought it.
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A book you would read over and over
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