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A new edition with expanded content is available now, “The Go-Giver, Expanded Edition: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea” An engaging book that brings new relevance to the old proverb “Give and you shall receive” The Go-Giver tells the story of an ambitious young man named Joe who yearns for success. Joe is a true go-getter, though sometimes he feels as if the A new edition with expanded content is available now, “The Go-Giver, Expanded Edition: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea” An engaging book that brings new relevance to the old proverb “Give and you shall receive” The Go-Giver tells the story of an ambitious young man named Joe who yearns for success. Joe is a true go-getter, though sometimes he feels as if the harder and faster he works, the further away his goals seem to be. And so one day, desperate to land a key sale at the end of a bad quarter, he seeks advice from the enigmatic Pindar, a legendary consultant referred to by his many devotees simply as the Chairman. Over the next week, Pindar introduces Joe to a series of “go-givers:” a restaurateur, a CEO, a financial adviser, a real estate broker, and the “Connector,” who brought them all together. Pindar’s friends share with Joe the Five Laws of Stratospheric Success and teach him how to open himself up to the power of giving. Joe learns that changing his focus from getting to giving—putting others’ interests first and continually adding value to their lives—ultimately leads to unexpected returns. Imparted with wit and grace, The Go-Giver is a heartwarming and inspiring tale that brings new relevance to the old proverb “Give and you shall receive.”

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A new edition with expanded content is available now, “The Go-Giver, Expanded Edition: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea” An engaging book that brings new relevance to the old proverb “Give and you shall receive” The Go-Giver tells the story of an ambitious young man named Joe who yearns for success. Joe is a true go-getter, though sometimes he feels as if the A new edition with expanded content is available now, “The Go-Giver, Expanded Edition: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea” An engaging book that brings new relevance to the old proverb “Give and you shall receive” The Go-Giver tells the story of an ambitious young man named Joe who yearns for success. Joe is a true go-getter, though sometimes he feels as if the harder and faster he works, the further away his goals seem to be. And so one day, desperate to land a key sale at the end of a bad quarter, he seeks advice from the enigmatic Pindar, a legendary consultant referred to by his many devotees simply as the Chairman. Over the next week, Pindar introduces Joe to a series of “go-givers:” a restaurateur, a CEO, a financial adviser, a real estate broker, and the “Connector,” who brought them all together. Pindar’s friends share with Joe the Five Laws of Stratospheric Success and teach him how to open himself up to the power of giving. Joe learns that changing his focus from getting to giving—putting others’ interests first and continually adding value to their lives—ultimately leads to unexpected returns. Imparted with wit and grace, The Go-Giver is a heartwarming and inspiring tale that brings new relevance to the old proverb “Give and you shall receive.”

30 review for The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dena Lake

    A quick read--done in an hour--with some great points. The Five Laws of Stratospheric Success 1. The Law of Value a. Your true worth is determined by how much more you give in value than take in payment 2. The Law of Compensation a. Your income is determined by how many people you serve and how well you serve them 3. The Law of Influence a. Your influence is determined by how abundantly you place other people’s interests first 4. The Law of Authenticity a. The most valuable gift you have to offer is you A quick read--done in an hour--with some great points. The Five Laws of Stratospheric Success 1. The Law of Value a. Your true worth is determined by how much more you give in value than take in payment 2. The Law of Compensation a. Your income is determined by how many people you serve and how well you serve them 3. The Law of Influence a. Your influence is determined by how abundantly you place other people’s interests first 4. The Law of Authenticity a. The most valuable gift you have to offer is yourself 5. The Law of Receptivity a. The key to effective giving is staying open to receiving •What you focus on is what you get: “Go looking for conflict, and you’ll find it. Go looking for people to take advantage of you, and they generally will. See the world as a dog-eat-dog place, and you’ll always find a bigger dog looking at you as if you’re his next meal. Go looking for the best in people, and you’ll be amazed at how much talent, ingenuity, empathy, and good will you’ll find. Ultimately, the world treats you more or less the way you expect to be treated.” (16) •“Whoever said being anxious gets more accomplished?” He had always taken for granted that getting a lot done invariably meant a high level of stress. But then, he knew plenty of people who were thoroughly stressed out, yet didn’t really accomplish that much. (58) •Survive, save, and serve. Focus on the third…the rare person does. •Network: People who know you, like you, and trust you—“personal walking ambassadors” •Enlightened self-interest: Watch out for others with the faith that when you do, you’ll get what you need •Reaching any goals takes 10% technical skills MAX—the other 90% is people skills

  2. 5 out of 5

    Darwin8u

    “Your true worth is determined by how much more you give in value than you take in payment.” - Bob Burg & John Mann, The Go-Giver So, full-disclosure. I hate self-help business books. I also exist in a world where these books get passed around, given as gifts, pitched, promoted, etc., so it is hard to not find a couple constantly sitting on my shelf DESPITE my best efforts. This month I'm trying to read a book a day. Just to see if I can do it. Right now, however, I'm reading Chernow's Washing “Your true worth is determined by how much more you give in value than you take in payment.” - Bob Burg & John Mann, The Go-Giver So, full-disclosure. I hate self-help business books. I also exist in a world where these books get passed around, given as gifts, pitched, promoted, etc., so it is hard to not find a couple constantly sitting on my shelf DESPITE my best efforts. This month I'm trying to read a book a day. Just to see if I can do it. Right now, however, I'm reading Chernow's Washington: A Life (927 pages). It is practically impossible to read that book in one day, so as I read a hundred plus pages, I have to add a small novella or small non-fiction book every day so I don't miss a day finishing a book. So, desperate for a small book, I grabbed this one. My boss gave it to me several years ago and I blew it off. Was it good? Sure. It was basically a parable about business Karma. The idea is if you give (value, authenticity, etc) you will receive. I believe that. So, the book basically just confirmed the way I do things. It probably also sharpened the way I think about it. Like I've said with other self-help books, even one this week (The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles), most of these books can be properly and fully summarized in one page. No need for a 100-page parable. Here is the summary: First Law: Law of Value - Your worth is determined by how much more you give in value than you take in payment. Second Law: Law of of Compensation - Your income is determined by how many people you serve and how ell you serve them. Third Law: Law of Influence - Your influence is determined by how abundantly you place other people's interest first. Fourth Law: Law of Authenticity - The most valuable gift you have to offer is yourself. Fifth Law: Law of Receptivity - The key to effective giving is to stay open to receiving. Or as my father would summarize: When your not a pushy asshole, people trust you. When they trust you, they do business with you.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    just finished reading what is now one of my all-time favorite books. The title of the book is The Go-Giver, written by Bob Burg and John David Mann. This parable about a salesman named Joe, who wants to succeed in a big way, realizes that he is not doing as well as he wishes. In a moment of desperation, he asks a colleague for the name of a man who he thinks may help him. When Joe meets with the man, nicknamed The Chairman, he is in for a big surprise. Over the course of a week, he learns a diffe just finished reading what is now one of my all-time favorite books. The title of the book is The Go-Giver, written by Bob Burg and John David Mann. This parable about a salesman named Joe, who wants to succeed in a big way, realizes that he is not doing as well as he wishes. In a moment of desperation, he asks a colleague for the name of a man who he thinks may help him. When Joe meets with the man, nicknamed The Chairman, he is in for a big surprise. Over the course of a week, he learns a different lesson every day. He commits to practicing each lesson at least once each day. Here are the five lessons, also known as the Five Laws of Stratospheric Success: • The Law of Value Your true worth is determined by how much more you give in value than you take in payment • The Law of Compensation Your income is determined by how many people you serve and how well you serve them • The Law of Influence Your influence is determined by how abundantly you place other people’s interests first • The Law of Authenticity The most valuable gift you have to offer is yourself • The Law of Receptivity The key to effective giving is to stay open to receiving In practice, these five lessons changed Joe’s life. I won’t tell you how the book ends, because I highly recommend that everyone reads it for themselves, but I can say that the ending was much better than I ever expected.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    A book with great principles, not just about about business, but about life. Unfortunately, those principles are presented through some really bad dialogue. The book would have been more powerful had the authors researched real life stories of people who had applied these principles.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Monica Willyard

    If I had the money, I'd buy a copy of this book and send it to every person I know, wrapped in gold foil paper. This isn't just a business book. It applies whether you're a volunteer, in a romantic relationship, or with your coworkers. I just used one idea in the book that helped me work through a conflict that has been around for three years and that I thought couldn't be resolved. I tried the idea as almost a last ditch effort and with little hope that it would work. I am surprised and very ha If I had the money, I'd buy a copy of this book and send it to every person I know, wrapped in gold foil paper. This isn't just a business book. It applies whether you're a volunteer, in a romantic relationship, or with your coworkers. I just used one idea in the book that helped me work through a conflict that has been around for three years and that I thought couldn't be resolved. I tried the idea as almost a last ditch effort and with little hope that it would work. I am surprised and very happy. In fact, I think I'm becoming friends with someone I'd come to see as difficult to work with. This book teaches principles that you can even use with your kids, whether they're 2 or 20. Yes, you have to simplify them for your two-year-old, and yet they work. If you feel stuck in a pattern of arguing with someone or feel frustrated that you can't seem to get ahead at work, go get this book from your library or bookstore. Take a chance and do what it suggests for a week as an experiment. If you don't like the results, you can quit and forget about it. That's what I did, and it worked. The audio edition of this book is great because it's read by the author, a man who obviously understands the message. So whether you like print or the spoken word, there's something here for you.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sydney Chapters

    Very unique delivery, it felt like I was reading a story that was similar to where I am right now instead of being told what to do by some big business man who already is successful (where I want to be but feel no connection with). I'm Joe right now, not Bill Gates. Haha.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tracie

    I suppose there are those who will feel this book is trite, easy or "feel-good". And it is a couple of those things. It is an easy book to read--a nice and fairly short story. And it is somewhat feel good, although I'm sure many readers felt a few pangs here and there as they recognized themselves on the page. However, as with most books that are about who we are, individually and fundamentally, the challenge is the practice. My recommendation is read the book and decide if it has value for you. I suppose there are those who will feel this book is trite, easy or "feel-good". And it is a couple of those things. It is an easy book to read--a nice and fairly short story. And it is somewhat feel good, although I'm sure many readers felt a few pangs here and there as they recognized themselves on the page. However, as with most books that are about who we are, individually and fundamentally, the challenge is the practice. My recommendation is read the book and decide if it has value for you. And if it does read it again more slowly and actually take the journey along with Joe. It will be interesting to see what comes of it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Joseph

    Obviously this wasn't a book for entertainment but for education. The points made were good and in the realm of common sense. The people involved have a habit of believing that the world has the wrong idea about everything and these people have all the answers. The events that lead to success were all to fanciful. I feel it caters to the naive, someone who feels that they have been lied to and now found the way. It gives a light of hope to whomever wishes to believe that they have the wrong idea Obviously this wasn't a book for entertainment but for education. The points made were good and in the realm of common sense. The people involved have a habit of believing that the world has the wrong idea about everything and these people have all the answers. The events that lead to success were all to fanciful. I feel it caters to the naive, someone who feels that they have been lied to and now found the way. It gives a light of hope to whomever wishes to believe that they have the wrong idea.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    * Appearances can be deceiving * It never hurts to be kind to people 1) The Law of Value *Everyone likes to be appreciated * Your true worth is determined by how much more you give in value than you take in payment. 2) The Law of Compensation * Your income is determined by how many people you serve and how well you serve them *Your income is directly proportional to how many lives you touch *Sometimes you look foolish, even feel foolish, but you do the thing anyways. *RELAX - who ever said bein * Appearances can be deceiving * It never hurts to be kind to people 1) The Law of Value *Everyone likes to be appreciated * Your true worth is determined by how much more you give in value than you take in payment. 2) The Law of Compensation * Your income is determined by how many people you serve and how well you serve them *Your income is directly proportional to how many lives you touch *Sometimes you look foolish, even feel foolish, but you do the thing anyways. *RELAX - who ever said being anxious got anything accomplished? * 3 reasons for work: Survive - meet your basic needs. Save - go beyond your basic needs and expand your life. Serve - make a contribution to the world around you. 3) The Law of Influence *Build a network of people who know you, trust you and like you. They become your personal ambassadors. * Stop keeping score. * Your influence is determined by how abundantly you place other people's interests firsts. * Givers attract. 4) The Law of Authenticity The most valuable gift you have to offer is yourself 5) Law of Receptivity

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dr T.Ayodele Ajayi

    I consider myself an avid reader in the personal development & Christian spiritual genre.I've however never been a fan of fictional books or story-telling.It was my friend Michelle Colon-Johnson(@michelle2dream) who recommended The Go-Giver, and kindly sent me a copy. There was no time to be skeptical as I could tell from the very first page that this was not a novel.It was a business parable written with a gripping captivation.I was hooked and hanging on, like you do when watching an unfoldi I consider myself an avid reader in the personal development & Christian spiritual genre.I've however never been a fan of fictional books or story-telling.It was my friend Michelle Colon-Johnson(@michelle2dream) who recommended The Go-Giver, and kindly sent me a copy. There was no time to be skeptical as I could tell from the very first page that this was not a novel.It was a business parable written with a gripping captivation.I was hooked and hanging on, like you do when watching an unfolding action movie.From the very first page I was captivated."The Go-Giver" stands out in a class of it's own.The authors take story telling to a new dimension presenting life lessons in a style that is easily readable, doable and memorable. Bob Burg & John Mann earn my unreserved 5* recommendation because they indeed swallow their own pill, by giving in value much more than they have taken in payment on the cover price.The sub-title refers to a "Business Idea", but indeed the 5 Laws of "Stratospheric Success" are universally applicable to all spheres of life-relationships,marriage, parenting,career, ministry etc. From the Law of Value to the Law of Compensation, unraveled in the setting of casual business conversations; I could tell the authors knew their turf inside out.They understand the mind set of the average go-getter and certainly have a lot to impact to him.My scrupulously marked copy has acquired the rainbow color, characteristic of books I plan to keep at hand for future reference. I've added Bob Burg's two other books-"Endless Referrals" & "The Go-Giver sells more" to my reading list. And if Mr Burg ever crosses the Atlantic to speak here in the UK, I'll be keen to listen to The Go-Giver himself live and direct.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    This book is the worst kind of business book. A terribly written, completely simplistic, folksy little fable where someone learns that sharing is caring! and all it takes to succeed is to be nice. If that's the case, I'm destined for failure.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Raksha Bhat

    Reading the right book at the right time can open our mind to a whole new world of possibilities and ideas. The Five Laws of Stratospheric Success which is the quintessence of 'The Go Giver' is applicable to people belonging to all walks of life. I was so drawn to them that a day of reading this book led me into implementing these lessons and it has changed my perception about 'giving' entirely. Regardless of the professional and personal lives that we lead these laws of 'Value-Compensation-Infl Reading the right book at the right time can open our mind to a whole new world of possibilities and ideas. The Five Laws of Stratospheric Success which is the quintessence of 'The Go Giver' is applicable to people belonging to all walks of life. I was so drawn to them that a day of reading this book led me into implementing these lessons and it has changed my perception about 'giving' entirely. Regardless of the professional and personal lives that we lead these laws of 'Value-Compensation-Influence-Authenticity-Receptivity' are more than mere words of wisdom. What is striking is the ease with which it is put across in the form of a story and with the same ease one can bring this thinking into practice. I tried and it did work!

  13. 4 out of 5

    T.L. Wilmore

    This is a great book. I read the entire story in three days. It was so good I didn't want to stop reading.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    Never in a million years could I picture myself reading AND enjoying a self-help business-related book that my Australian co-worker would call "how very typically American." But I did. I read The Go-Giver. And I liked it. It seems I have always had a semi-jaded mindset when it came to business and for-profits; at least, for the duration of my working career so far. How can I not when I've seen my share of businesspeople who only care about what they can get from you and how they'll benefit? Would Never in a million years could I picture myself reading AND enjoying a self-help business-related book that my Australian co-worker would call "how very typically American." But I did. I read The Go-Giver. And I liked it. It seems I have always had a semi-jaded mindset when it came to business and for-profits; at least, for the duration of my working career so far. How can I not when I've seen my share of businesspeople who only care about what they can get from you and how they'll benefit? Wouldn't you be jaded if it seemed that a majority of people you meet at conferences or meetings were inauthentic? Perhaps it's because I am volunteering for a non-profit (an NGO, to be exact) in another country (Cambodia) and, while I think it may be unique to this organization, the experiences I've had engaging with people passionate about social justice and making the world a better place. It's hard not to be caught up in this torrent of positivity & determination and this focus on something greater than money. All of that said, The Go-Giver is a really nice illustration, while wholly fictional, of what business could be if individuals were truly authentic and focused on real relationships with others. My hope is that these concepts can actually be applied to the for-profit world; that it isn't just in non-profit where people are willing to give and help others. This book was easy to read and easy to process, and I recommend it to people who are ready to change or ready for a change in their own mindset when it comes to business and networking.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Egypt Scholars Scholars

    يلخص كتابنا "The Go-Giver: A little story about a powerful business idea" خمس قوانين لتحقيق النجاح الباهر في الحياة, و تتمحور كل هذه القوانين حول فكرة العطاء. أما عن أسماء هذه القوانين فهي: قانون القيمة, قانون التعويض, قانون التأثير, قانون الأصالة (أو الجدعنة بالمصري), و قانون الاستقبال. و تتضح أهمية هذه القوانين من خلال قصة شاب يطمح في النجاح و يحارب من أجله....هذا الشاب (يدعى جو) يتبنى فكرة الأخذ فقط, و لذلك كلما عمل أكثر و أسرع كلما هيئ له أن تحقيق أهدافه يزداد بعدا......و في يوم من الأيام تعس يلخص كتابنا "The Go-Giver: A little story about a powerful business idea" خمس قوانين لتحقيق النجاح الباهر في الحياة, و تتمحور كل هذه القوانين حول فكرة العطاء. أما عن أسماء هذه القوانين فهي: قانون القيمة, قانون التعويض, قانون التأثير, قانون الأصالة (أو الجدعنة بالمصري), و قانون الاستقبال. و تتضح أهمية هذه القوانين من خلال قصة شاب يطمح في النجاح و يحارب من أجله....هذا الشاب (يدعى جو) يتبنى فكرة الأخذ فقط, و لذلك كلما عمل أكثر و أسرع كلما هيئ له أن تحقيق أهدافه يزداد بعدا......و في يوم من الأيام تعسر به العمل و رأى أن يأخذ رأي ذلك الرجل الغامض (بندار) الأسطورة في عالم الاستشارات للشركات الكبرى......و في خلال أسبوع كامل يأخذ "بندار" يوميا "جو" للقاء شخصيات ناجحة جدا, فأحد هؤلاء صاحب سلسلة مطاعم, و الآخر مدير تنفيذي لشركة كبرى و هكذا.. لكن يجمع بينهم التفكير بمنطق العطاء..... و يأخذنا الكتاب في رحلة شيقة و ممتعة لنرى أن ذلك الشاب "جو" يغير تركيزه في حياته من الأخذ إلى العطاء و أنه عندما يضع دائما اهتمامات الناس قبل اهتماماته و يضيف لهم قيمة في حياتهم فإنه يحصل على نتائج غير متوقعة. و ننصح بقراءة القوانين الخمسة في الرابط (http://www.thegogiver.com/downloads/G...) كما يمكنكم اقتناء الكتاب من خلال: http://www.amazon.com/Go-Giver-Little... ننصح الجميع بقراءة هذا الكتاب فقد يغير مسار حياتك أو على الأقل رؤيتك

  16. 4 out of 5

    Judith Symonds

    I loved the Go-Giver. It is a really short and simple book and there is an interesting story line. For me the main thing that came up for me when I read this book was that the value that is added is me. I am slowly beginning to recognise all the little things about me that I have hid for so long are the things that I have to share. I also liked the way that the authors challenge the reader to try to apply each of the laws that very same day and so I read this book over 1 week and I saved the new I loved the Go-Giver. It is a really short and simple book and there is an interesting story line. For me the main thing that came up for me when I read this book was that the value that is added is me. I am slowly beginning to recognise all the little things about me that I have hid for so long are the things that I have to share. I also liked the way that the authors challenge the reader to try to apply each of the laws that very same day and so I read this book over 1 week and I saved the new laws for each day. I really looked forward to reading each day what the law would be and I also worked hard on that day to apply that law. Although this is a 'business' book, I found that the laws apply to every part of human endeavor. I really am beginning to see that a very small change in my thinking is having a very big change in the joy and love that I get from life these days and that is just beautiful.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mike Vardy

    This is one of the most valuable books I have ever read. The lessons that are shared through the storytelling are phenomenal. I have to say that there was a lot of validation I found in the book as well. It was well narrated, well assembled, and just an overall great piece of work. This is a book that I will highly recommend to anyone. And I'm going to buy the hardcover copy to keep visibly on my bookshelf. It's that important of a read for me.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    How can a book that shares the "Five Laws of STRATOSPHERIC SUCCESS", not be good?! I think the subtitle of this book is misleading. I found this book to be just as pertinent to life pratices, as I did business endeavors. This is a very enjoyable read with great characters.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Regina Scarborough

    This book is like another way of looking at the golden rule but it's quick read about how focusing on investing in others can help you achieve you goals. I'm going to have my whole team read it

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jesse Hall

    Game-changer. Highly recommend for anyone who sells a service or product. (NOTE: it's also a really short read - two hours or so.) Buy it and read it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Roxanne

    A quick and simple book full of applicable stories on the power of giving.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Michael Donoso

    This book is as the name describes, a little story. There is a sequel to it, but I personally do not find it necessary to read as it teaches different lessons and themes than this one. I desired to read another book, but could not get it in time so I read this one, and it sure met my expectations on a book that has valuable secrets for both business and life when it comes time. I had little to no problems reading the book, and it conveyed events on a positive note. Anyway, the book is only aroun This book is as the name describes, a little story. There is a sequel to it, but I personally do not find it necessary to read as it teaches different lessons and themes than this one. I desired to read another book, but could not get it in time so I read this one, and it sure met my expectations on a book that has valuable secrets for both business and life when it comes time. I had little to no problems reading the book, and it conveyed events on a positive note. Anyway, the book is only around 123 pages and it a quick, short read for someone who wants more of a "theme-type" success story.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Robert Durough, Jr.

    The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea by Bob Burg and John David Mann is, simply put, twisted Prosperity Gospel propaganda. The authors call it a parable, meaning they don’t know what a parable is. Containing absolutely no depth and requiring no thought (if thought is given one will quickly see through the charade), this is a contrived, poorly written, forced narrative that promotes fantastical success and results based on an “if this, then that” lie of “giving = getting.” The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea by Bob Burg and John David Mann is, simply put, twisted Prosperity Gospel propaganda. The authors call it a parable, meaning they don’t know what a parable is. Containing absolutely no depth and requiring no thought (if thought is given one will quickly see through the charade), this is a contrived, poorly written, forced narrative that promotes fantastical success and results based on an “if this, then that” lie of “giving = getting.” There’s just enough truth embedded within (yes, giving is good!) to cause a plethora of folks to buy into the enormity of its fallacy. If it has caused people to have a better attitude and give more, that’s wonderful; but let’s not also buy into the lie that the end justifies the means, nor vice versa. If it caused people to believe that giving always leads to getting, then the book has served its unfortunate purpose. Without reading the book, one may simply turn to page 123 to get the gist in its totality…or just read it here: The Five Laws of Stratospheric Success The Law of Value: Your true worth is determined by how much more you give in value than you take in payment. The Law of Compensation: Your income is determined by how many people you serve and how well you serve them. The Law of Influence: Your influence is determined by how abundantly you place other people’s interests first. The Law of Authenticity: The most valuable gift you have to offer is yourself. The Law of Receptivity: The key to effective giving is to stay open to receiving. Burg and Mann make an admirable claim in the Q&A appendix: “What we’re saying is that success is the result of specific habits of action: creating value, touching people’s lives, putting others’ interests first, being real, and having the humility to stay open to receiving” (138, though page numbers are not marked in the Q&A section). What they are really saying, however, is that giving will always manifest itself in receiving more. Since Mann is the professed Christian of the two, he took on, “Doesn’t the Bible say, ‘It’s better to give than to receive?’” His response is the result of poor exegesis and the very thing Health and Wealth Prosperity Gospel folk like to do: twist Scripture just enough to make it sound legit and yet mean something entirely different. Mann’s response: What it says (in Acts of the Apostles) is that “it is more blessed to give than to receive.” The Greek word makarios (blessed), which is the same word used in the Eight Beatitudes…, carries these meanings: fortunate, rewarded, prosperous, rich, happy. In other words, when you focus on giving you end up more abundantly rewarded than if you had focused on receiving. At its root, makarios means “grow larger” (like macro). When you give, you become a bigger person, in every way—more successful, more influential, more fulfilled. (145) No, Jesus never said anyone is guaranteed success and wealth in return for giving. The blessing and reward we look forward to is not of this world; otherwise, we are no different than the rest of the world. I was given this book to read by someone who stopped me outside a coffee shop and wondered if I was interested in doing business with online tech and social media, with which I’m already familiar, but soon discovered was trying to rope me into the World Wipe Group (World Wide Dream Builders) and Amway pyramid scheme. I certainly do not recommend the book, but I do recommend steering clear of anyone who does. Don’t get sucked in!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Aman Goel

    Excellent book. It was a short read - just a few hours and it taught so much in barely a hundred pages.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Guido

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the audio book. A better version to The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho in my opinion because I can relate more with the characters in The Go-Giver.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rommel

    The world is full of people who want to be "go-getters." They go out there and get that big deal, do a big thing, and many more. It seems logical because if you don't go out there and be a go-getter, you won't likely become somebody important. Interestingly, this book goes against that common sense. Instead of being a go-getter, the book tells a story of how being a go-giver instead can help a person succeed in various areas in his or her life. It was written as a story, so it's very easy to rea The world is full of people who want to be "go-getters." They go out there and get that big deal, do a big thing, and many more. It seems logical because if you don't go out there and be a go-getter, you won't likely become somebody important. Interestingly, this book goes against that common sense. Instead of being a go-getter, the book tells a story of how being a go-giver instead can help a person succeed in various areas in his or her life. It was written as a story, so it's very easy to read. You can finish the book in one day, even. However, the key points given there are best absorbed and practiced first. In a sense, it is better than giving examples because the reader can experience for him- or herself what it's like, rather than just accepting the words and principles as real. However, because it is a very light read, it can give some people the idea that it is not serious. After all, business and leadership books should be written in a "serious" and "professional" manner if they are to be taken seriously. But stories have a way of flowing easily into the subconscious far more than non-fiction. Anyone who has read a novel and a physics or calculus book can tell the difference. In that sense, this book succeeded. The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lady

    The Go-Giver is a fantastic book! It's a short business parable; very insightful, very easy and entertaining read. It's all about switching from a "go-getter" attitude to a "go-giver" attitude and why in business the latter is so much more beneficial. I completely agreed with the philosophy the book espouses and enjoyed the way it was revealed. It's also very simple - the philosophy of the book comes down to 6 straight forward and simple "laws of success". I would recommend this book not only to The Go-Giver is a fantastic book! It's a short business parable; very insightful, very easy and entertaining read. It's all about switching from a "go-getter" attitude to a "go-giver" attitude and why in business the latter is so much more beneficial. I completely agreed with the philosophy the book espouses and enjoyed the way it was revealed. It's also very simple - the philosophy of the book comes down to 6 straight forward and simple "laws of success". I would recommend this book not only to those who are or would like to be in business for themselves, but also to anyone who wants to have a greater impact in their current jobs or get more from their current work. seriously, good book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    A quick-read "parable" that offers "five rules for stratospheric success." In a nutshell, the way to win is not by focusing on what YOU want, but by putting the needs of others (customers, colleagues, loved ones) ahead of your own. Make it your goal to serve others and, in proportion to the amount of service you deliver, and the number of people you manage to serve through your efforts, you will be rewarded -- financially, emotionally & spiritually. While the Law of Attraction that underpins A quick-read "parable" that offers "five rules for stratospheric success." In a nutshell, the way to win is not by focusing on what YOU want, but by putting the needs of others (customers, colleagues, loved ones) ahead of your own. Make it your goal to serve others and, in proportion to the amount of service you deliver, and the number of people you manage to serve through your efforts, you will be rewarded -- financially, emotionally & spiritually. While the Law of Attraction that underpins "The Secret" and many other self-help books is not mentioned explicitly, the principles are much the same. No big revelations, but a nice, affirmative reminder that sharing and giving of ourselves is the best path to success.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This is an interesting but pretty typical little business book written as a parable. It breaks down how to be successful into five little rules. It aligns pretty well with how I see the world and does a good job of summarizing things in simple terms. At only ~130 pages it is worth a quick read. It would probably be a good thing for something like a business offsite to help certain types of individuals understand the value of giving. If I ran a company and had a lot of headstrong, arrogant, ladde This is an interesting but pretty typical little business book written as a parable. It breaks down how to be successful into five little rules. It aligns pretty well with how I see the world and does a good job of summarizing things in simple terms. At only ~130 pages it is worth a quick read. It would probably be a good thing for something like a business offsite to help certain types of individuals understand the value of giving. If I ran a company and had a lot of headstrong, arrogant, ladder climbing employees, I might use this book as a starting point for discussions on how I would expect my employees to behave.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Khaled Alashmouny

    One short comment: if you do not read this book you will miss a lot of the meaning in this life. You will laugh and cry with this great story. You will be surprised that "giving" empowers you much more than others.

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