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The Go-Getter: A Story That Tells You How to Be One

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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, an
Published June 24th 2007 by (first published November 30th 1920)
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Dec 17, 2014 Lynda rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All those who need a little inspiration
There is an abundance of knowledge available to us; there are libraries, websites, mentors, and lessons learned the hard way. There are goals to reach, mountains to climb, lives to change, and new roads to travel. We have dreams, we have passions, and we have must-dos, can-dos, and should-dos. All of us have within us the power to make great strides for a better world for ourselves, our families, and the generations to follow. These achievements take personal and professional forms, sometimes a ...more
Chris Munson
A very short parable (you can read it during your lunch hour) on how a young unemployed veteran is handed the opportunity to take his career to the top (if he succeeds) or go down in flames and ruin his career (if he fails). The book runs along the lines of the "Who Moved My Cheese" approach (though it was written in the 20's) of using a short story to explain a few very basic (though powerful) principles. This book really sums up the guiding principle of consulting: Even if you aren't sure you ...more
Corey Kniesel
Mar 09, 2014 Corey Kniesel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm use to my mind wandering or falling asleep after 15-30min.....2hours later the book is done!

The Story Kept me engaged and wanting to hear what was next. Bill Peck Values something that I feel has been watered down and lost its value over the years, His Word. One man at a time we can Build Strength into Our Word so the Phrase "My Word Is My Bond" and the Value it Brings can Mean something once more! Starting with Me! I Commit to Myself, I Give My WORD to Myself to Become a Go Getter For Mysel
Sep 18, 2012 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
My workplace gave all employees a copy of The Go Getter and encouraged us to read the book and to come up with our own "Blue Vase." There was also apparently a short story by P.G. Wodehouse of the same name and so to avoid confusion I found a couple of places that referenced this book by Kyne as Winning the Blue Vase. Other versions add the (original?) subtitle "A Story that Tells You how to Be One."

The book is a very short read (only about 70 pages) and our edition came with an afterword of ano
Ray Kelly
Mar 06, 2015 Ray Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Go-Getter is a great little motivational book. Although written by Peter Kyne just after the Great War in 1921, the message, which is mostly about the importance of persistence, is still highly relevant today. The irony is that I was given this book as part of a sales recognition program in 1991 (thank you Jack Poole), and it’s taken me 24 years to finally get around to reading it. As with many motivational books, it is a parable that shows you how to make your own opportunities in life. The ...more
David Glad
Dec 10, 2012 David Glad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: achieve
For anyone who doesn't wish to buy the (audio)book, you can download this off (volunteers who make public domain versions of audiobooks of books that have since passed into the public domain..) or the full text off Google books.

This was a very nice short story about tireless persistence and ingenuity with the primary character being a "disabled" veteran of WWI (contrasted with other lazy workers the bosses knew) who consistently beats the almost "impossible" odds stacked against him
Written in the 1920s, when the business of America was business, this reprint tells a story of how a handicapped man used his "go-getter" attitude to overcome the odds. Now in this new century, companies are handing this book out to employees to bring back the old work ethic.

A WWI veteran asks an eminent company executive for a job. In order to get that precious position, the disabled man must pass the Blue Vase Test (which means he has to find this object and deliver it at a certain time). As t
Sep 11, 2015 JC rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good story about the willingness to grab what you're dreaming of and the rewards that come.
Jun 13, 2012 Rob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Are you a Go-Getter? This quick read lets you know what it means to be one.
Pete Thomas
how to succeed through persistance
Nola Redd
May 16, 2008 Nola Redd rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Business owners, employees, parents, spouses
Recommended to Nola by: Dave Ramsey
Although this story is told from a fictional standpoint, it is as illuminating as any nonfiction book on sales I have ever read. It is also short, concise, and to the point – I finished it in under two hours, at lunchtime, with four kids hanging on me. It is simple and easy to understand, which is why I gave it to my seven year old (granted, she does read at an advanced level); she may not catch the overall lessons, but I’m hoping just a little will seep into her brain.

So what is this inspirat
This 90 yr old story is about the contrast between managers who work at trying to do the job required and a man who flat figures out a way to solve the problem, in the face of adversity upon adversity.

Theme: being relentless, earning the trust of others by figuring out a way - being a go-getter!

"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,
Sep 09, 2016 Bachorb rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the worst books I have ever read. The messages that I got from this book is are "tolerate all manner of abuse and manipulation from your employer because you should be thankful they are even giving you a shot at having a job" and "do and say absolutely anything if you think it will help you make a buck."

The book is also terribly written and incoherent. It's not "old-timey" language - it's simply terrible writing. This is the sort of drivel you would give to a team of sleazy used c
Argh. I kept wanting to like this. The writing was easy to read and I liked the underlying moral that you can't keep a good man down, but...

(Spoilers below, if you care about spoilers in such a short little thing)

A guy who goes over the supervisor's head and butters up the big boss to get what he wants is a weasel. I know, I know he needed a job, but since this is a parable, why must that element be included? Being a weasel is a good thing, as long as you get what you want! Furthermore, the boss
Nov 03, 2013 Alpha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am just starting to read more non-fiction books on finance, leadership, ethics, relationships, and psychology besides just seminary-like study on my relationship with Jesus Christ. This book was featured by one of my personal heroes, Dave Ramsey. He also said this book is mandatory reading for his team. I made it mandatory for myself.

There are plenty of life lessons pertaining to being a go-getter as described in this book. I loved how physical situation was avoided because people are now pass
Varun Biswas
Sep 12, 2016 Varun Biswas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Starts slow, but hold on and imagine the characters speaking, you be set for an amazing adventure
Bob Wallner
I added this book when Chris Hogen on EntreLeadership Podcast was doing their "Must Read" segment early 2014. The premise is about doing what ever is needed to reach your goals.

This hour long audiobook is entertaining, but is difficult at first as it is written with very "old-school" language. This took a minute to get over and eventually made the story very pleasant.

The next/biggest problem I have with the story line is that it challenges the character's morality. Not to give away anything, bu
Chris Goins
Jul 06, 2016 Chris Goins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a short, fun and insightful book!

Want to stand out in the work place? Regardless of the nature of your job, read this story. Live this way! Become a "go-getter."

"An organization is what its commanding officer is—neither better nor worse. In my company, when the top sergeant handed out a week of kitchen police to a buck [private], that buck was out of luck if he couldn't muster a grin and say: 'All right, sergeant. It shall be done.'" —The Go-Getter

When Bill Peck is given an "impossible" a
Emma Cowdery
Jan 24, 2015 Emma Cowdery rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The afterword is just as intriguing as the story. The principles of being s go getter are spelled out. Some great quotes to remember:

Unfortunately when we don't fulfill our promise exactly as we make them, it is the failures and not the successes that stick in most people's minds.

Of course Bill Peck doesn't just meet his quota for skunk wood - he sells it at a dolly above the price set in his schedules. When a salesman conveys genuine excitement for a product - it's infectious.

Make up your min
This book had a very slow start, and I had to reread the first chapter several times to fully comprehend the cast of characters and the plot. Essentially, the book tells the tale of Bill Peck who is put to the test by his new employer. Peck rises to the challenge with ambition, persistence, creativity, and confidence. He overcomes numerous challenges (a few too many to feel realistic, in my opinion) but continues to act by the motto, "It shall be done." Peck is rewarded for his go-getter spirit. ...more
George Clingerman
May 05, 2016 George Clingerman rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A very quick read (the book is only 45 pages long) with a very simple and to the point story. A go-getter is someone who is honest, determined, goal and solution oriented and gets it done.

The book teaches through a story and the character in the story showcase the qualities of a go-getter through their actions.

Honestly I felt like this book was just ok. I was pretty happy that I hadn't paid much for it and was a bit disappointed by the brevity and then lack of any sort of introduction and wrap
May 14, 2016 Holland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a quick read as it's only 48 pages long. I'd had it for a few weeks and decided to pick it up today and knock it out. It's a great story about the strength of spirit, power of the mind and determination. I heard that Dave Ramsey (financial expert) has it as required reading for all of his staff. I can see why. It follows an older gentleman (Captain Ricks) who owns a lumber company and has had a lot of issues finding productive and capable employees when in walks a war veteran (Willi ...more
Nick Pannone
Apr 23, 2015 Nick Pannone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful tale of tenacity, perseverance, and stick-to-it-tiveness. It is not a long read (just one sitting), but worth the read. It is a story about Bill Peck, a man who lost his arm in the war and is looking for a job. His work ethic and the sympathies of Mr. Ricks lands him a job at a company but he has to consistently prove his worth in the job. Mr. Ricks tests him by sending Bill Peck on an impossible job to which Peck must creatively accomplish. The job is a test in longsuffering ...more
Mar 02, 2013 Viraj rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Folks who need to be "go getter"
Shelves: self-help
It tells a story of a company in which the chief has two sub-chiefs. They hire a person who is a disabled veteran. It is quite inspirational to read how he first does a great job as a sales man and then is able to get a blue-vase for the chief by going above and beyond the expectations. He is thus entrusted with an assignment to lead Shanghai office.
Good: Inspirational, makes one think; especially since the veteran is disabled. Die hard attitude.
Not so good: The language used is sometimes diff
Franc Woods
Mar 18, 2016 Franc Woods rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leadership-read
One of the Dave Ramsey required readings for his organization. Quick read and reminds us all that to be a go-getter in this world, it is all about the attitude. "It Shall Be Done"
By the way, you can find free versions of this book for Kindle on Amazon.
Ram Kumar Lanka
Nov 06, 2012 Ram Kumar Lanka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a nice book to read how we should think and conduct ourselves in an office environment. It gets across the message of entrepreneurs and what exactly they look for in employees. A non negotiable urge by the chosen employee to deliver and do every thing possible to deliver is the need of the hour in corporate world. And it also gives clues on how to be a successful professional in life. A great book told as a simple to understand story. I have given this book to lot of my colleagues w ...more
Finished "The Go-Getter" by Peter B. Kyne for my Management class. Even though it's required reading, I'm counting it because it's a regular book and not a textbook.

It's a quick read, however I really didn't enjoy it. The entire story focuses around doing everything that it takes to get the job done, whatever that involves. We read it as a case-study to understanding motivation. I don't want to spoil it for anyone, in case you would like to read it.

The ending may make you put down the book, and
Jen Prowitz
Feb 01, 2014 Jen Prowitz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought it was a pretty good book. I had been reading other career books and was expecting another "manual on being excellent" sort of thing. It took me a bit before I realized the story in the beginning wasn't just a story in the beginning to illustrate something in the book. It WAS the book. However, once I got past that I was able to enjoy the story more and take in the key points highlighted by the author at the end. A quick read (and I'm not the speediest reader). I finished it in one sit ...more
Nov 01, 2010 Daron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: life-lessons
This good, quick read, serves as a reminder for any of us who get in a rut of just getting by while doing as little as possible. It is a short parable about getting the job done, no matter what it takes, and not letting doubt or fear dissuade you from accomplishing what you've set out to accomplish. "It shall be done" leaves no room for rationalization or justification for failing to complete a task, no matter how big or small.
Mar 07, 2011 Angie rated it it was ok
A friend suggested I read this little book on account that I am in sales as a real estate agent.

She buys them for all of her down-line and feels it is very motivational.

I have to say that it really didn't motivate me much at all. Originally written in 1921, I definitely got the idea of the story, but there are many more books out today that will motivate a person more.

I will say that it is a very short read and I am glad I read it.

Give it a try and see for yourself!
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Peter Bernard Kyne was an American novelist who wrote between 1904 and 1940. Many of his works were adapted into screenplays starting in the silent era, particularly his first novel, The Three Godfathers, which was published in 1913 and proved to be a huge success. He is credited in 110 films between 1914 and 1952.

When still under 18, he lied about his age and enlisted in Company L, 14th U.S. Infa
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