“The Go-Giver” by Bob Burg and John David Mann

Yay! I’m so excited to be adding this section to my blog. As you might have guessed by now, I’m a bit of a ‘seeker.’ I’m on a quest to find balance in life, reach my highest potential, and hopefully inspire others to do the same. And a huge part of staying on track is reading books that teach me, inspire me, and motivate me. This list is as much for me as it is for my readers…a little place to be reminded. Many of these books have tattered edges…proof that they’ve loved and valued! I hope you enjoy my little reviews…

The first one I want to mention is called “The Go-Giver.” Honestly, this is a must read for anyone looking to grow as a person, in life and in business. And by business…I mean, whatever you do for a living. The principles in this book can be applied to just about any relationship, and will not only benefit YOU, but everyone you touch. Plus, it will make whatever you’re doing more FUN! Joy and generosity are contagious, and when you’re spreading them around, your life is guaranteed to improve. It was given to me by a great friend and colleague, a partner in business, and a generally awesome guy. And there’s a reason he’s had such huge success in his career…it’s because he is the ultimate go-giver.

“The Go-Giver” is an easy read, a short parable. And the message is simple…be willing to provide value above and beyond the basic services you provide, and whatever you are seeking in life will arrive. By focusing on giving, you become a magnet for what you’re hoping to receive. Think about it…have you ever encountered a cheesy salesperson? One who is so aggressive in trying to get what they want that they leave you feeling dirty? Pretty sure you know what I’m talking about. It’s gross and uncomfortable to be around a go-getter, the type who is clearly only interested in what you can do for them. On the flip side, do you know anyone who is so genuinely interested in helping others that they seem practically driven to be a resource to everyone they meet? My guess is you’ve met one of each. And I bet in both cases, you probably know what they do for a living. The question is, which one would you rather do business with?

This goes beyond the self employed person who gets paid on every ‘deal.’ I’m talking about everyone. Family members, friends, colleagues at the office…when people are go-givers, you want to be around them, you want to help them, and you want to see them succeed. It’s SO SIMPLE, yet so often overlooked. And it is so perfectly applied in business. If you’re reading this, and you are someone who is self-employed and trying to figure out a way to grow your business, but you hate feeling ‘salesy, THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU! Don’t be ashamed to make money doing what you love! Financial freedom is available to anyone who desires it and works for it, and everyone deserves it. This book provides a simple philosophy to live by, so you can grow your business while remaining authentic, and most important, helping others. I hope you love it as much as I do…leave a comment and let me know what you think!

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