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The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea | [Bob Burg, John David Mann]

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

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.
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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".

©2008 Bob Burg and John David Mann; (P)2008 Gildan Media Corp

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"You owe it to yourself to listen to The Go-Giver and share its message with those who matter most to you. It is a beautiful audiobook that will touch your soul and inspire your heart." (David Bach, author of The Automatic Millionaire)

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    Ricardo 01-26-15
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    "Business Fairytale"

    While interesting to listen to and heart warming, this book presents the act of starting and running a business in a very simplistic and naive way. I am not saying that many very successful people do not have similar ways of running their businesses but there is nowhere in the book that gives the reality of the huge percentages of businesses that fail even when they do take all the book's lessons to heart.

    My review comes from my experience of starting and running multiple successful and failed businesses. Reader beware. This book will only give you one side of the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    donny epp Fayetteville, AR 11-11-11
    donny epp Fayetteville, AR 11-11-11 Member Since 2014
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    "This book actually changed my mind."

    It's not often that I read a book in novel form such as this and come away really thinking differently. I would put this book in the same category as "The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team" - but the story itself is really interesting in and of itself. The principles within are solidified through it - it has a parable-like impact. Great listen.

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    Christine Richards 05-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Best book I have listen"

    To so far. It can relate to any aspect of your life. A must read or listen

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    glenwhitten Ada, OH, United States 05-22-15
    glenwhitten Ada, OH, United States 05-22-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Engaging and valuable"

    I started out giving this book the "15 minute test" and before I realized it, I was halfway through the story. I am an avid fan of how-to books as well as fiction so putting the lessons in a story works very well for me.

    The lessons contained in this book are easy to grasp and timeless. I see a lot of myself 20 years ago in the main character. I wish I had learned these lessons back then.

    This is a book I will definitely listen to multiple times.

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    Brooke 05-22-15
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    "I've read and listened to this book numerous times"

    I will continue to read this book and play it in my car on the way to work! It changes my perception of EVERYTHING! I have bought a copy for my close friends and a copy to pass around to others. I have also continued to read the other books by these authors, however this one will always be my favorite.

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    dlthompson 05-22-15
    dlthompson 05-22-15

    I love animals. I volunteer for a cat rescue group several days a week. I am an attorney, but am semi-retired.

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    "Very inspirational"

    It seems like such practical, easy to understand advice. I hope I can incorporate it into my life. Great book!

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    Curtis Mast 05-20-15
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    "Simple, powerful concept"

    Easy to listen to, relevant content, storyline flows well. Will be sharing this with my family and friends as I believe that living this concept is right up our alley for personal and business development and improvement.

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    Susan Washington, D.C., United States 05-16-15
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    "Nothing new here"
    What disappointed you about The Go-Giver?

    If you have some self-awareness and have been thoughtful about your career, there is nothing new here. It is short, but moves slowly, and the advice is common sense bordering on trite.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Puzzlement. I can't understand how this book is so highly rated. I knew this stuff in high school.


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    "Just WOW"

    This book had me all over the place.
    Guessing, evaluating , laughing and even tearful!
    Definitely recommending it to our team!

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    "Amazing! A series of life changing lessons."

    This book is set up in a bit different manner compared to most. the story telling really helps immerse you into what's going on and makes it easy to absorb the information.
    It teaches you some fundamental lessons to help you in every single aspect of your life. It's not just about business, but life.
    I will surely listen to this over and over. And I am excited to listen to the sequel .
    Thanks for a great book!

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