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

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  2,982 ratings  ·  131 reviews
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
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Hardcover, 64 pages
Published March 15th 1963 by Henry Holt and Co. (first published November 30th 1920)
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Lynda
Dec 17, 2014 Lynda rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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David Glad
For anyone who doesn't wish to buy the (audio)book, you can download this off librivox.org (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
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Chris
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
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Emma Cowdery
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
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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
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Rob
Are you a Go-Getter? This quick read lets you know what it means to be one.
Stephanie
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
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Jen Prowitz
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
Bethany
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
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Jan
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
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Reid
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,
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Nola
May 16, 2008 Nola rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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Chad
I just happened to hear about this book on the Ramsey Entreleadership podcast. Their company talks about something called "getting the blue vase" which comes out of this story.

The character in the story overcomes anything in his path to accomplish his task. There are many aspects of this that can be applied to work and life.
Sean Winzer
This story shows the true meaning of being a go-getter. The determination and persistence of Mr. Peck shows when trying to get the blue vase will win every time. Mr. Peck also shows a level of confidence by which he carries himself enabling him to overcome obstacles in his path. Faith and preparedness can make anyone unstoppable.
Shannon
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
Shikha
A nice brief read. The next time you got to or want to do something, tell yourself: "It shall be done," and everything else becomes a mere detail, you achieve what you wanted to achieve. Makes sense.
Shannon
A very short story about a lumber company and the ways of testing a man's ability to perform. I found the last test to be rather abusive and mean, and while I understood it as a way of seeing just how far someone would go when given a direct order, I found the fact that Cappy found amusement in pushing a guy this far a bit mean.
Brian Duchek
Refreshing little story, and the colloquialisms are charming from the period. The message shines clearly through. You don't see tales like this today. I'm guessing the Internet is mostly to blame.
Cory MP
This story is great. That's why I modernized it! Check it out!

http://www.amazon.com/Go-Getter-Moder...
Viraj
Mar 02, 2013 Viraj rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
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Tucansam
This book is similar to Message to Garcia. Except that it explained and showed what, in this case, Mr. Peck had to do to accomplish the task.
Brian Hale
There's no substitute for hard work. This is a great short story of determination, resourcefulness and sheer will.
Joseph
A great short story that speaks to all of us. You do what must be done in the face of aversity.
Larry Buffaloboy
A quick look into the mind and actions of a go-getter. Easily forgettable book
John
not my idea of anything being close to inspiring or motivational or whatever
Jake Kirkendall
Good summer read suggestion by Coach Creighton to start off vacation.
Paul Bard
It was okay. "It shall be done". Quite touching little yarn.
Amy Noel-schouten
Hated that it had to end. Was expecting it to go on
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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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