The Go-Giver Book Review

  • Sumo

The idea of reading the book ‘The Go-Giver‘ wasn’t in my mind when I joined the Partnership to Success. It wasn’t on my list of books to read neither. It was a part of the 1st-week assignments and John Thornhill’s one of the recommended books.  Reluctantly I ordered the book through Amazon and received it after 2 weeks.

As my commitment to follow step by step instruction in the Partnership to Success, I started to read the book thinking that I was obligated to finish my checklist.  In my amazement, I couldn’t stop reading it after a couple of pages of the book. And I finished the book the same day. I loved it! Writing a book review about it was a natural decision.

Unlike the title of the book, The Go-Giver has taught me a lot more. The book tells us that success in individual life and in business begin with giving. The giving is adding value to other people’s lives. By adding value to your services and products, therefore, the giving brings profit in business and success in life. The intention of giving has to be pure, not expecting to get it back. As book indicated, the giving doesn’t mean financial gift only however, it can be putting others first in our thoughts, attention, time, energy, and care. It says in the book, the giving can be “Sometimes you feel foolish, even look foolish, but you do the thing anyway. . .”

In experience in early years of my marriage, we shared everything fifty-fifty. I thought that a perfect marriage supposed to be fifty-fifty. We keep a score card on each other to make sure we get at least a half back, otherwise, we feel we have been taken advantage of. Giving more in our minds means getting back more and we expect to receive at least the same. According to the Go-Giver, fifty-fifty is losing proposition. Fortunately, our relationship has changed to care each other more without expecting anything in return.

In often times, the giving is hard to do particularly when we are in the middle of struggling to climb the ladder and all the focuses are in ourselves.  The giving is not in our priority and we try to survive. According to the book, there are three reasons for working; survive, save and serve.  “. . . Survive to meet your basic living needs. Save to go beyond basic needs and expand your life. And serve to make a contribution to the world around you.” The difference between successful people and the rest is that the majority of people focus mainly on survive and some focus on save. But truly successful people in all aspects of their lives keep their focus on serving others. “What you focus on is what you get.” And “Being broke and being rich are both decisions.” The state of mind can change the outcome of our future. Our focus in adding value to other people’s lives in life or in business is a form of giving. The giving brings profit and success.

‘A little story about a powerful business idea’ comes down to ‘focus on giving’. It sounds like a Christian teaching of ‘give and you will receive’. We can understand more about giving by adopting the five laws of success.

The Law of:

  1. Value – “Your true worth of determined by how much more you give in value than you take in payment.”
  2. Compensation – “Your income is determined by how many people you serve and how well you serve them.”
  3. Influence – “Your influence is determined by how abundantly you place other people’s interests first.”
  4. Authenticity – “The most valuable gift you have to offer is yourself.”
  5. Receptivity – “The key to effective giving is to stay open to receiving.”

I highly recommend this book to others. I also recommend other the go-giver books that will change your life.

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