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

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

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by Peter B. Kyne
     
 

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Although Kyne's tale of business smarts has been around for some time (it was first published by William Randolph Hearst in 1921), it doesn't feel dated. Indeed, lumber wholesaler Cappy Ricks's situation (he "had more troubles than a hen with ducklings") mirrors that of many business leaders today. It's a straightforward parable about a young war veteran who's handed… See more details below

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Although Kyne's tale of business smarts has been around for some time (it was first published by William Randolph Hearst in 1921), it doesn't feel dated. Indeed, lumber wholesaler Cappy Ricks's situation (he "had more troubles than a hen with ducklings") mirrors that of many business leaders today. It's a straightforward parable about a young war veteran who's handed an opportunity that will either make or break his career. If he accepts the job and pulls it off, he's a go-getter; if he fails, it's curtains. The kid's motto-"It shall be done"-sums up Kyne's point: even if you're unsure, say you can do it. Then figure out how to do it and make sure you succeed. Go above and beyond. The 82-year-old story gets some slight spiffing up by business book writer Axelrod (Everything I Know About Business I Learned from Monopoly), and the afterword is especially helpful in pinpointing Kyne's main ideas.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This audiobook, based on a 1921 story, follows Peck, a war veteran and double amputee eager to work for Ricks' Logging Company. The firm's executives hire the hardworking and honest Peck almost as a lark, because they're unhappy with several current employees' performance. Peck immediately surprises them by going out and selling the most undesirable lumber for unbelievably high prices. He's back in the office briefly before heading out on another sale when he's asked to do an odd errand: he has to track down a particular blue vase in a shop on Sunday and deliver it to the company president by that evening. The intrepid Peck finds the store, tracks down the owner and finally obtains the vase, proving he is indeed a go-getter. The story is undoubtedly old-fashioned, but the actions and attitudes of both the worker and the manager still ring true today. Although using an exaggerated tone at times, Morey brings Peck to life, particularly in portraying the salesman's frustration when he has difficulty finding the vase. The brief afterword, summarizing the message and highlighting the lessons-diligence, persistence, honesty-is useful, though not overly original, and Morey reads it straightforwardly, with no theatrics. This lighthearted parable may interest fledgling salespeople and less experienced employees. Simultaneous release with the Times Books hardcover. (Jan.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781492223948
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
08/22/2013
Pages:
50
Sales rank:
643,859
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.16(d)

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The Go-Getter


By Peter B. Kyne Standard Publications,

Copyright © 2005 Peter B. Kyne
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9781594621031


From The Go-Getter:
"Well," Cappy said, "I suppose I'll have to cast about for his successor. I think Bill Peck has some of the earmarks of a good manager for our Shanghai office, but I'll have to test him a little further." He looked up humorously at Mr. Skinner. "Skinner, my dear boy," he continued, "I'm going to have him deliver a blue vase."
Mr. Skinner's cold features actually glowed. "Well, tip the chief of police and the proprietor of the store off this time and save yourself some money," he warned Cappy. "I don't envy Mr. Peck, and I have every hope that he'll give you less of a tangle than Matt Peasley and I did." He walked to the window and looked down into California Street. He continued to smile.
"Yes," Cappy continued dreamily, "You'll agree with me, Skinner, that if he delivers the blue vase he'll have proven himself ready to take over all our business in Asia?"
"I'll say he will."
Promptly at one'clock the following day, Bill Peck reported at the general manager's house.








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