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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, Alan Axelrod (Revised by)
 

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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,

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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 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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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. (Jan. 9) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Soundview Executive Book Summaries
A Short Parable with Big Applications
A motivational parable that has inspired leaders through the years, Peter B. Kyne's The Go-Getter, a short book first published by William Randolph Hearst in 1921, shows readers how they can increase productivity, take initiative and excel against the odds.

The story is about an old lumber company founder, Cappy Ricks, and a young World War I veteran, Bill Peck, who comes to the old captain of industry for a job. To prove himself worthy of his new job, Peck beats the odds and his quota, and earns the opportunity to be tested for broader horizons. Using the lessons he has learned from an inspirational mentor on the battlefield, Peck overcomes outrageous obstacles with his persistence, determination, passion and a giant sense of responsibility. Peck epitomizes the employee who is able to surpass expectations and join the ranks of leadership through undaunted effort.

Historian Alan Axelrod updates the original story with leadership wisdom that addresses the issues that surround work and leadership today. The parable works as a starting point from which employees can learn how to excel where others have failed, and leaders can gain insight into strategies that keep employees passionate about their work.

The Go-Getter offers timeless advice about meeting goals, learning from experience, asking the right questions, and tackling tough projects with unflagging zeal. Through fictionalizations that cut to the core of these issues, this book offers employees at any level the inspiration to tap resources and overcome roadblocks on the way to organizational and personal success.

Why Soundview Likes This Book
The Go-Getter is a valuable source of motivation for those committed to success and looking for the inspiration to take them to the next level of leadership. It stands out as a wonderful example of how a short fictional tale can teach the lessons of life in a simple, to-the-point story. Without becoming too simplistic in its approach, The Go-Getter still has much to offer today's business leaders. Copyright (c) 2003 Soundview Executive Book Summaries

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805065626
Publisher:
Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
12/04/2002
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
235,135
Product dimensions:
5.68(w) x 8.53(h) x 0.61(d)
Lexile:
1000L (what's this?)

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The Go-Getter



A Story That Tells You How To Be One



By Kyne, Peter B.


Times Books



Copyright © 2003

Kyne, Peter B.

All right reserved.


ISBN: 0805065628



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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Meet the Author

A native of San Francisco, Peter B. Kyne was a prolific screenwriter and the author of the 1920 bestseller Kindred of the Dust. His stories of Cappy Ricks and the Rick's Logging & Lumbering Company were serialized in The Saturday Evening
Post and William Randolph Hearst's Cosmopolitan magazine. He died in 1957. Historian Alan Axelrod is the author of the business bestsellers Patton on Leadership and Elizabeth I, CEO. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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The Go-Getter: A Story That Tells You How To Be One 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Simple but powerful
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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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camilla98 More than 1 year ago
This book was recommended by a high success achiever . The story is excellent ! I love it
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.