The Go-Giver

thegogiverMy first week’s homework assignment – beyond this very blog – is read or listen to the book The Go-Giver, A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea by Bob Burg and John David Mann. Preferring not to wait for a book to be mailed to me over the holiday season, I decided to get an audio version. I fired up iTunes and purchased the expanded edition audio version. However since it was 2am in the morning, I decided to wait and listen to it later on.

This story is a parable and similar in style to Spencer Johnson’s One Minute series of books. Joe is introduced to a series of people by a very successful man named Pindar. Each of the people teaches Joe one of the Five Laws of Stratospheric Success. As Joe learns and begins implementing the laws, he sees changes happening in his life. The final chapter occurs a year later, with Joe being very successful and taking someone under his wing to learn the 5 laws the way he learned them.

The message isn’t exactly a new one. The basic premise of the laws can be summed up in Zig Ziglar’s famous quote “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”

I have read various versions of the 5 laws in other books, but then I read books like Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman and Seven Laws of Spiritual Success by Deepak Chopra.

The audio book was under 3 hours and includes the authors providing some discussion questions for book study groups and answers to some of the most common questions they are asked. I am sure someone could read the paperback version in under 2 hours.

All in all, it was a very good book. Definitely a good read for anyone in business or looking to start a business. I am glad John Thornhill had me read (listen to) it.


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