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The Go-Getter: A Story That Tells You How To Be One [Hardcover]

Peter B. Kyne , Alan Axelrod
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Book Description

Jan. 9 2003
The classic motivational parable (over 500,000 copies sold worldwide) that shows you how to make your own opportunities in life, updated for the modern reader by bestselling business author Alan Axelrod

Ever since its first printing by William Randolph Hearst in 1921, The Go-Getter has inspired employees and entrepreneurs to take initiative, increase their productivity, and excel against the odds. Now, more than half a million copies later, Alan Axelrod, bestselling author of Patton on Leadership and Elizabeth I, CEO, updates the tale to address today's most pressing work issues.

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 readable parable, employees at all levels can learn to rekindle the go-getter in themselves.

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Although Kyne's tale of business smarts has been around for some time (it was first published by William Randolph Hearst in 1921), it doesn't feel dated. Indeed, lumber wholesaler Cappy Ricks's situation (he "had more troubles than a hen with ducklings") mirrors that of many business leaders today. It's a straightforward parable about a young war veteran who's handed an opportunity that will either make or break his career. If he accepts the job and pulls it off, he's a go-getter; if he fails, it's curtains. The kid's motto-"It shall be done"-sums up Kyne's point: even if you're unsure, say you can do it. Then figure out how to do it and make sure you succeed. Go above and beyond. The 82-year-old story gets some slight spiffing up by business book writer Axelrod (Everything I Know About Business I Learned from Monopoly), and the afterword is especially helpful in pinpointing Kyne's main ideas.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

A native of San Francisco, Peter B. Kyne was a prolific screenwriter and the author of the 1920 bestseller Kindred of the Dust. His stories of Cappy Ricks and the Rick's Logging & Lumbering Company were serialized in The Saturday Evening
Post and William Randolph Hearst's Cosmopolitan magazine. He died in 1957. Historian Alan Axelrod is the author of the business bestsellers Patton on Leadership and Elizabeth I, CEO. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Be a Go Getter at all costs? March 5 2004
Format:Hardcover
The one good thing I learned from this book is that to be successful you have to live with the motto "it shall be done".

While the author thinks this is a great motto to live by, I question if this is really a good motto for someone to live by.
For example if you want to make 10 sales each day, and you work 14 hours a day to make it happen every day for years on end - thereby forgetting about your family and relationships, you may have attained wealth, but you will not have a balanced life.
Ok. You get my point. It's good to be a go-getter, but you need a balance too.
I highly recommend you read Cheryl Richardson's book, Take Time For Your Life, together with this one.
Zev Saftlas, Author of Motivation That Works: How to Get Motivated and Stay Motivated
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dated Sept. 18 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It's okay. Probably would have had a greater impact back in 1918. There are far better and significantly more inspirational books out there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Honest review June 24 2013
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The bad: Cheesy story that outdated from modern office life.
The good:
It kept me reading until the final page.
Somewhat motivating.
5 stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! April 3 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is a very nice surprise. It has been written a very long time ago but the lessons are timeless. If you are looking for inspiration and motivation to help you take your personal or professional life to the next level, this book is definitely for you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An old classic Jan. 1 2012
By trevor
Format:Paperback
This is an old classic that inspires all to try a little harder, remove obstacles and get the job done !
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5.0 out of 5 stars the go-getter Jan. 30 2010
Format:Hardcover
A must read for anyone. Its a maximum two hour read, and will change you outlook on your endevors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It Shall Be Done Oct. 26 2003
Format:Hardcover
This book is a must read for businessmen, educators, coaches, and anyone who feels like they are in need of a lift! The parable in this book is a great motivator. In today's world where most everyone is trying to find the easy way out and pass the buck, this book teaches you to be on the lookout for what may seem like a dubious task, but in actuality is a "blue vase" test! I read this book in about two hours, easy reading! Should be required in all schools.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Motivational Audio Book Oct. 2 2003
Format:Audio CD
A great little book that is a sort of "pick me up." I borrowed the book from the library on audio CD. It is a short little book, so even an unabridged audio was not very long. The Go Getter is a fanciful parable about the payoff of being a hard worker and being determined to get things done. The story is simple, direct, and motivational. It raises the listener's spirits without preaching. It was great fun and appropriate for any audience. The reader spoke clearly and with a feeling appropriate to the material. It was very comfortable listening.
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