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A Book Review for ‘The Go-Giver’


Do you ever find books that you read over & over again?   Maybe every time you read it you find something new or you are reacquainted with a thought, idea or process you have let slip to the wayside.

I recently got to listen Live to an interview with Author, Bob Burg.  He was talking about the book he co-penned with John David Mann The Go-Giver.  I was so intrigued by the concepts he talked about that I immediately took the opportunity to grab the book.

I quickly devoured it in the first read, then sat down for a slow read the second time around.

Here’s the story Bob tells in The Go-Giver. 

The Go-Giver by Bob Burg & John David Mann


Joe works for a trust company and, for the third month in a row, he has not made his quota.  He desperately wants to figure out how to bring more clout & leverage into his life.  He is dying to know how to be more successful.    In a six-day period, his life is changed when he decides to go talk to the ‘Old Man’, looking for the secret to success.

Joe is very surprised when his host, Pindar –the ‘Olde Man’– tells him up front what the secret is.  Then invites Joe to spend the next five days learning how to apply the laws that come from this secret.   His journey takes him into the company of a wide range of characters, each embodying one of the Laws Pindar talks about.   Each day he learns a law, meets a new person that embodies this law and then is given a challenge.   And each day he struggles through each challenge, trying to apply the law into his life and work and to change his perspective.



This book is in one of my favorite formats, a lesson told in story form.  I really enjoyed getting to explore Joe’s life as he makes sense of what he needs to implement to become a successful business person.   It was easy to put myself in his shoes or image his struggle myself.  As I read, I found myself having to stop and reflect on what was taught in each chapter.    I even contemplating whether  I was fitting each law into my business and personal life.     And if I wasn’t already implementing it, what could I do to make the adjustment.  As if the laws were a part of me, as involuntary as breathing in and out.  Ultimately I found that several of the laws were already part of my life; sometimes I just needed a prod to get it going in the right direction. I also noticed my internal processing of these laws resulted in some interesting ideas, inspired by the book and the laws presented.  This inspiration ultimately led me to include this book in my blog as a series.


You might ask yourself, why do this?  Why become a “go-giver”?  What do I get out of it?

If you are asking this question, then this book is for you!  Because it is more about a way of life than a simplistic strategy.  Successful people innately know that you have to give more to be, as Pindar says,  ‘stratospherically successful’.

The Go-Giver is definitely going on my KEEPER Shelf.  It is without a doubt, a book for everyone to read, but great for those who are struggling.   I look forward to checking out some of the other books that Bob Burg has penned.    This book along with other Bob Burg books are available from several sources, see the links below.


Your challenge is to tell me how you are a ‘go-giver’?

Until next time.
Take Time to Live a Life that Inspires You.


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Bob Burg shares information on topics vital to the success of today’s businessperson. Although for years he was best known for his book Endless Referrals, over the past few years it’s his business parable, The Go-Giver (coauthored with John David Mann) that has captured the imagination of his readers.  The Go-Giver shot to #6 on The Wall Street Journal’s Business Bestsellers list just three weeks after its release and reached #9 on BusinessWeek. It’s been translated into 21 languages. It is his fourth book to sell over 250,000 copies.


2 thoughts on “A Book Review for ‘The Go-Giver’

  1. Gina, thank you so much for your very kind review of John David Mann’s and my book. I’m truly honored that you found the information in the book and the Five Laws to be of sufficient value to share with your readers. Much gratitude to/for you!

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