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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Dan Clements 02-05-08 Member Since 2005

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    "Wow!"

    I've been an Audible member for a couple of years and have listened to countless self-help and business titles. This is the first time I've been really inspired to write a review.

    If you like parables like The One Minute Manager or The Richest Man in Babylon, then you'll love this one. Both the story AND the message are excellent - a rare combination, I think.

    I can't recommend this one enough. There's a remarkable amount of simple but profound wisdom in it, and the narrators (both authors) do a superb job. I've already started listening for a second time!

    Highly recommended. Go for it.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Wendykenney. Mesa, AZ, United States 02-26-08
    Wendykenney. Mesa, AZ, United States 02-26-08
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    "It will win you over!"

    At first I was cynical because I'm not a huge fan of business books disguised as fairy tales. But after just about 5 seconds I was engulfed in the story and couldn't wait to get to the end. Of course, real life success doesn't come as quick or as easy as it did for Joe at the end, but you get the picture. Enjoyable, inspiring listen!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ahmed Pretoria, South Africa 08-21-10
    Ahmed Pretoria, South Africa 08-21-10
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    "A timeless classic!"

    This brilliant short story about Joe, the laws of success and business principles will fall into the likes of 'Think and Grow Rich'. A truly rich listen, highly recommended, especially if your business is not doing as well as you think it should be.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lindsay Charleston, SC, United States 09-14-09
    Lindsay Charleston, SC, United States 09-14-09 Member Since 2002
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    "One of the best business books I've ever read"

    A definite audiobook for any business person. This book is in the top 5 of business books I've read (and I've read them all). This is 2 and 1/2 hours well spent.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rob Annapolis, MD, United States 07-09-08
    Rob Annapolis, MD, United States 07-09-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Great book, but needs professional readers."

    I was so inspired by the hardcover edition that I wanted to enjoy "The Go-Giver" as an audiobook as well. But the two authors apparently decided that their success with the book qualified them to forego a professional narrator and just read it aloud themselves. What could possibly have accounted for this choice? Vanity? Hubris? Whatever it was, it was a bad decision.

    No, they are not utterly awful, they are just ... amateurish. We Audible customers have very high standards from the professionals that perform our beloved audiobooks. This performance just doesn't measure up. I vote for a do-over with Frederick Davidson or Michael Pritchard.

    As for the content ... This is the kind of book that changes lives. No kidding. As it did with Joe in the story, it has caused me to see my already successful career in an entirely new light. I have reaped some major benefits aleady.

    If you can tolerate the narrators, by all means go ahead with this recording. But you can read the hardcover in an evening, and you might enjoy it more, as I did.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Annette G. Crandall Kalamazoo, MI 08-07-13
    Annette G. Crandall Kalamazoo, MI 08-07-13 Member Since 2011

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    What made the experience of listening to The Go-Giver the most enjoyable?

    Easy to follow story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Go-Giver?

    Every time Joe got hung up in his old thinking of what's in it for me and how am I going to make my goals.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kym Kennedy Australia 04-12-13
    Kym Kennedy Australia 04-12-13

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    "Beautiful Information told in a wonderful story"
    Where does The Go-Giver rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right Up there,I love to learn through stories, the messages seem to make more sense. I was able to implement the information to my life and my business right away. I highly recommend it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rachel


    Which character – as performed by Bob Burg and John David Mann – was your favorite?

    Jo


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutley and I did.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you for reminding me that it is all about giving. I felt the instant shift in my body whilst listening to this wonderful story. Much appreciation Kym.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Haley Stayton, OR, USA 01-29-10
    Haley Stayton, OR, USA 01-29-10
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    "Inspiring if you don't mind predictability"

    This book fits the mold for a typical self-improvement style book. The outcomes of the very simple story line are terribly predictable and someone who finds predictability boring might possibly hate this book. I, however, found the reinforcement of a principle I greatly value to be extremely inspiring. The Go-Giver is basically an expansion on the timeless Biblical principles of Sowing and Reaping and putting others ahead of oneself. I would recommend that someone not read this book but get the outline of the principles and consider how they might apply them. I'm left feeling pleased with the read but I wouldn't recommend it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Phoenix, AZ, United States 04-25-08
    Brian Phoenix, AZ, United States 04-25-08 Member Since 2008
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    "One of the best books period!"

    This book is an excellent book. It not only can help you in your business but your personal life as well. I have listened to many different books on business and implemented parts of many of them. However, none of them have quite hit me to the core like this one. This book has quickly moved it's way to becoming the cornerstone of my business. Anyone that has a service or sales business absolutly must read this book. It is not about how to get your employees to work, but when you have this at the core, other parts of your business will work better. It is amazing at how quickly doing what they say can take hold.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy 07-06-14
    Nancy 07-06-14 Member Since 2010

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, I am going to listen to again


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no, but it is good, just no cliff hangers


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    "A easy and worthwhile read"

    Things are changing fast. The days of take take take to success are being replaced with the need to care about who you serve and how well you serve them. As a entrepreneur myself, I see the value is this approach every day.. If you tend to focus on "how can I sell more" rather than "how can I better serve and deliver value to my customers" buy it and listen to it. It's 2 hours of your time well spent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leigh-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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    "Good for a quick 'pick me up'"

    Like all these type of books (see any of the 'One minute manager' series) they are easy books to get through and useful for a bit of a pick up! So I'll put my hands up and say I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this as an audiobook.

    But as to how effective the 5 'laws' espoused would be in reality I am not so convinced! Basically I think you could sum up the book by saying be a good person, look for ways to help others and be willing to accept and recognise others' help when offerred. And if you can do all that everything will work out wonderfully well.

    It all works out nicely in the story of course. I'm not so convinced there are really any lessons to be learned here but of course looking for way to help others when you have the opportunity isn't a bad idea.

    So I would say buy the book / audiobook, read / listen, enjoy, be a little inspired perhaps, but don't expect any true enlightenment. Life just isn't so simple. Of course maybe I'm just not enlightened enough!! :)

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