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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.
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.
If you know deep inside that u have the traits of a go getter, this book will only shoot ur willpower and drive through the roof. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sakib
Good book... but I might have decided I didn't want to work for this type of person.Published 14 months ago by Marc Van Humbeck
It's okay. Probably would have had a greater impact back in 1918. There are far better and significantly more inspirational books out there.Published on Sept. 18 2013 by Lenzoid
The bad: Cheesy story that outdated from modern office life.
It kept me reading until the final page.
This book is a very nice surprise. It has been written a very long time ago but the lessons are timeless. Read morePublished on April 3 2012 by bookloverintdot
This is an old classic that inspires all to try a little harder, remove obstacles and get the job done !Published on Jan. 1 2012 by trevor
A must read for anyone. Its a maximum two hour read, and will change you outlook on your endevors.Published on Jan. 30 2010 by Keith L. Davis
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. Read morePublished on Oct. 26 2003