In The Go-Getter, Bill Peck, a war veteran, persuades Cappy Ricks, the influential founder of the Rick's Logging & Lumbering Company, to let him prove himself by selling skunk wood in odd lengths - a job that everyone knows can only lead to failure. When Peck goes on to beat his quota, Rick hands Peck the ultimate opportunity and the ultimate test: the quest for an elusive blue vase.
Drawing on such classic values as honesty, determination, passion, and responsibility, Peck overcomes nearly insurmountable obstacles to find the vase and launch hia career as a successful manager.
In a time when jobs are tight and managers are too busy for mentoring, how can you maintain positive energy, take control of your career, and prepare yourself to ace the tests that come your way? By applying the timeless lessons in this compulsively listenable parable, employees at all levels can learn to rekindle the go-getter in themselves.
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Not exactly for a couple of reasons. One, the implied message that breaking the law/social norms is permissible. Two, blind loyalty to the service of another is not always a good thing; The story's message is blind loyalty is expected. I could appreciate the message it was trying to convey, but the manner it which the message was being presented was not to my liking.
I figured that would be how the story ended. The path the main character took was a bit contrived and over-the-top.
I'm not "in-the-know" on the narrator's out there, so I couldn't recommend another one. Jason McCoy has a good voice, but his reading of the story was painful. The one thing that was bothersome about his style was his literal reading of every word, specifically non-verbal, vocalizations. Two examples would be "tut tut" and "harumph". He actually read those words instead of vocalizing them. It was annoying and made the reading of the story less warm and authentic.
Old people. I do not recommend this book for anyone under age 50. This book is outdated and isn't worth the paper it's printed on. I think a book like 'Start' by John Acuff should be the go-to book for inspiration and a kick in the pants for the younger generation.
I agree with the premise of the book: be diligent and go through great lengths to get the job done despite the odds. I understand that and I agree with that. HOWEVER, the idea that the work I'm doing is meaningless, or simply a test to see what I'm really like is extremely unappealing to me. I want to do work that matters. At the end of the day, I don't care that the meaningless task led to something better. If the task is meaningless, the situation is demoralizing.
If I was the guy working hard to get the blue vase, I'd say screw you to the boss and quit on the spot. I have no patience for that kind of BS.
Warning if you're thinking of getting this book, the language is VERY old school to the point where I could barely understand it. For example, the names of the characters in the book were so weird that it was just a constant distractor. Reminded me of the useless fiction books I was forced to read in grade 5.
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