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, and excel against the odds. Now, more than half a million copies later, Alan Axelrod, bestselling author of ...

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Overview

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, and excel against the odds. Now, more than half a million copies later, Alan Axelrod, bestselling author of Patton on Leadership and Elizabeth I, CEO, updates the tale to address today's most pressing work issues.

In The Go-Getter, Bill Peck, a war veteran, persuades Cappy Ricks, the influential founder of the Rick's Logging & Lumbering Company, to let him prove himself by selling skunk wood in odd lengths-a job that everyone knows can only lead to failure. When Peck goes on to beat his quota, Rick hands Peck the ultimate opportunity and the ultimate test: the quest for an elusive blue vase. Drawing on such classic values as honesty, determination, passion, and responsibility, Peck overcomes nearly insurmountable obstacles to find the vase and launch hia career as a successful manager.

In a time when jobs are tight and managers are too busy for mentoring, how can you maintain positive energy, take control of your career, and prepare yourself to ace the tests that come your way? By applying the timeless lessons in this compulsively readable parable, employees at all levels can learn to rekindle the go-getter in themselves.

A humorous and fast-paced story on how to be successful in business.

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611040692
  • Publisher: ReadaClassic.com
  • Publication date: 10/28/2010
  • Pages: 50
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter B. Kyne was born in San Francisco back in 1880 and he died in the same city in 1957. His first novel, The Three Godfathers, was published in 1913. Kyne also worked in the film industry as a writer, and has story credits on a wide variety of movies back starting back in 1914 and continuing up into the early 1950s. Some of his novels were also adapted into movies including The Three Godfathers, which has been made a number of times, with the best-known version starring John Wayne.
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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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Excerpted from The Go-Getter by Peter B. Kyne Copyright © 2005 by Peter B. Kyne. Excerpted by permission.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2000

    What is your 'Blue Vase'

    A great motivational book whether you are in sales, an admin position or feeling like you're in a slump. I give these out as gifts to everyone that comes in through our training classes and they love it too.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2000

    A secret of success

    As little known as this book is now days, it is a fantastic and timeless story of motivation sure to inspire and challenge people in every walk of life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Skykit and Mintkit

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    AshenWillow... Main Camp??

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2013

    Amazing and life-changing

    One of the best books I have ever read. A book that everyone should read. The style of writting was a bit hard at times but it made the book unique. Crabbys' one sentence phrases were a delight.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2012

    Great Read!!!

    This is an absolute must read for someone who wants and needs the motivation to go the extra mile. A must read for leaders.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2012

    Quick and AWESOME!

    This book was just what I needed to get re-motivated. I encourage all entrepreneurs or people with strong passion to read this. I love dave ramsey!

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  • Posted May 7, 2012

    Highly Recommended - it a must read !!

    This book was recommended by a high success achiever .
    The story is excellent !
    I love it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2002

    Anyone Know how to get the Video?

    This book is fantastic. I hope someone will e-mail me on how I can get the video. I saw it once in a training class and now I want it. Please e-mail me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2002

    A Must Read

    If someone is looking for the inspriation to get going, or keep going, this is a must read. Once I started reading I could not stop and in a little over an hour had completed the book. The greatest message I got was, no matter what the hurdle is, you will win if you keep going, and never quit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2002

    Simply the BEST Motivational Book Written

    No fancy formulas. No fancy rules to live by. Just a brief story of motivation and intense desire to simply do what is expected. This is a must read for anyone looking for a shot in the arm. For over 10 years I have passed this book out to sales people across the country and have asked them to read it, sign it, and pass it along.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2000

    Thought process

    A must have for the individual looking to define the thought process of someone who gets things done, someone who looks at the value versus the cost, someone who makes a decision and follows thru, someone who avoids doing what they can and instead do whatever it takes. Read it! many times.

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