The Secret to Life Tucked In A Hundred Pages | The Go-Giver Book Review
This book was given to me as an assignment by one of my mentors. She asked me "How long do you think would it take you to finish it?" I told her, knowing that I have upcoming events and other responsibilities, amongs the 3 books I'm still currently reading, that it would take me TWO WEEKS to finish it.
The edges of the pages of this book reminded me of my favorite book, The Alchemist. And there's another thing that's the same-- how I inhaled the book.
I went to a coffee shop two nights after meeting them to start reading it because honestly I was thinking I NEED to finish it and my time would be limited.
However once I started, I wasnt even thinking about the deadline or that I need to. I couldnt stop flipping pages and I read as if my life depended on it! (and thinking about it now, the life that I envision actually does)
I dont think Ive learnt so much in just a hundred pages. I found myself taking the long way home just so Id have more time to read and I was even reading it while walking. I couldnt let go of it. Im not sure if it's because I missed reading fiction, or because the book has really opened my eyes to so many truths about life, and business, and myself. Long story short I finished it in a few hours.
It is about a man named Joe who's a go-getter until he meets a successful old man named Pindar who shares his Trade Secrets to Stratospheric Success by introducing him to different people to teach him each lesson.
I love this book so much I wish everyone read it! Some of my favorite quotes:
"So, youre saying, people don't take advantage of you because you don't expect them to? That because you don't put any focus on selfishness and greed, even when it's all around you, it doesnt have much impact on you? Like a healthy immune system-- the disease is all around you, but you dont catch it?"
"'Does it make money?' is not a bad question. It is a great question. It's just a bad first question. It starts you off in the wrong direction. The first question should be, 'Does it serve?' 'Does it add value to others?' If the answer to that question is yes, then you can go ahead and ask 'Does it make money?'"
"All the great fortunes in the world have been created by men and women who had a greater passion for what they were giving -- their product, service or idea -- than for what they were getting."
"You give, give, give. Why? Because you love to. It's not a strategy. It's a way of life."
"Everybody can be successful because anybody can give."
"I was brought up with the belief that there are two types of people in the world. There are people who get rich, and there are people who do good. My belief system said you're one or the other, you can't be both."
"Have you ever made up a story? Your life works the same way. You just make it up. Being broke and being rich are both decisions."
"Because if you place the other person's interests first, your interests will always be taken care of. Always. Watch out for what other people need, with the faith that when you do, you'll get what you need."
"Have you ever wondered what makes people attractive? Magnetic? They love to give. That's why theyre attractive. Givers attract."
"The speaker had said, "Add value." I had nothing to add but myself. And apparently, that was exactly what had been missing."
"No matter what your training, no matter what your skills, no matter what area you're in, you are the most important commodity. The most valuable gift you have to offer is you."
"As long as youre trying to be someone else, or putting on some act or behavior someone else taught you, you have no possibility of truly reaching people. The most valuable thing you have to give people is yourself. No matter what you think youre selling, what youre really offering is you."
"It's not better to give than to receive. It's insane to try to give and not receive. Trying not to receive is not only foolish, it is arrogant. When someone gives you a gift, what gives you the right to refuse it-- to deny their right to give? Every giving can happen only because it is also a receiving."
"All the giving in the world wont bring success, wont create the results you want, unless you also make yourself willing and able to receive in like measure."
"the point is not what you do. Not what you accomplish. It's who you are."