The Carpenter: A Story About the Greatest Success Strategies of All

The Carpenter: A Story About the Greatest Success Strategies of All


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ISBN-13: 9780470888544
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 05/27/2014
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 64,089
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Jon Gordon's bestselling books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world. His principles have been put to the test by numerous NFL, NBA, and college coaches and teams, Fortune 500 companies, school districts, hospitals and non-profits. He is the author of The Wall Street Journal bestseller The Energy Bus, The No Complaining Rule, Training Camp, The Shark and The Goldfish, Soup, The Positive Dog, The Seed, The Carpenter, and his latest book The Hard Hat.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Ken Blanchard ix

Acknowledgments xi

1 Collapse 1

2 Rest 5

3 The Carpenter 9

4 Stressed 15

5 Busy 17

6 Design Your Masterpiece 19

7 Be a Craftsman 25

8 You Will Know 29

9 Everybody Loves the Carpenter 33

10 Believe 37

11 Talk to Yourself instead of Listening

to Yourself 41

12 Sarah 45

13 Chaos 49

14 The Greatest Success Strategy of All 53

15 Love Is a Commitment 59

16 People > Furniture 63

17 The Second Greatest Success Strategy of All 67

18 The Sandwich 75

19 The Third Greatest Success Strategy of All 77

20 Love, Serve, Care 83

21 Value 85

22 The Heart of Success 87

23 Failing 91

24 Success Takes Time 93

25 The Gift of Failure 95

26 Unfinished Work 99

27 Courage 101

28 A Glimmer of Hope 105

29 Be the Mission 109

30 All for One 113

31 Progress 117

32 Everything Is Spiritual 121

33 Creating the Impossible 125

34 Build 129

35 Success Is Meant to Be Shared 131

Tools for Success 135

Bring the Greatest Success Strategies to Your Team and Organization 137

Other Books by Jon Gordon 139

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The Carpenter: A Story about the Greatest Success Strategies of All 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Carpenter is truly a MASTERPIECE! If you want to set yourself apart as a Leader in your organization and stand out this book is it! If you are already are a Jon Gordon fan you will LOVE this book. If this is your first time reading a Jon G book you too will LOVE this book and become a fan!! Jodi House
Bobby89 More than 1 year ago
I love the fact that Jon Gordon teaches us to stick to it. What you put in is what you get out. There is no entitlement to success. The philosophy of giving it your all, with balance, is the way this country became great. The Carpenter is about someone who becomes ill and a Carpenter saves him and gives him another chance at life. Along the recover path The Carpenter gives him advice on how to be successful. I have read the entire series of books Jon has put out and this one is right with my two favorites, The Energy Bus (a must read) and Training Camp (fits my background in Athletic Administration). I guarantee you will get hooked once you start reading Jon Gordon’s books and you will use his knowledge in become a better boss, employee, parent, friend, sibling, etc.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jon Gordon's The Carpenter reminds us that there are no overnight success stories in life. Through the story of a man who learns a hard lesson about the true meaning of life and being the leader of a company Jon Gordon empowers readers to influence and lead their teams in life through a motto of love, serve, care. For anyone who wants to better themselves personally or professionally, The Carpenter will help you self analyze what you and your team can do differently and better than anyone else in your industry. Because if your heart is in your business and you genuinely love and care about your team and customers, you are bound for success! An avid fan of Jon Gordon's books, this one is truly my new favorite. Gift it to yourself or someone you know. It just may change your life!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jon Gordon's book is a reminder about the importance of taking the time to design your own masterpiece.  Nothing is going to come overnight or easily.  Everything takes time.  This book also reminds us that while you are creating your masterpiece remember to also #LoveServeCare yourself and others. Another great book!  A must-read! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
 I am continually amazed at how much Jon's books speak directly to me. In the beginning, chapter after chapter seemed to be written as a mirror to many business owners' life story, including mine. Now, with Jon's help, I have an action plan to help sustain and grow my business and my life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Carpenter helps you create your Masterpiece in your life.  This is a book that I can use as a husband and father but will also be  able to use as a teacher and coach.  When I got my copy, I could not put it down until I was finished.  This is a must add to your library.   Truly a book that everyone will be able to relate to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderful!!!! I have read it and it applies to me so well! I have underlined so many quotes! I intend to share this book with all my family and friends and coworkers. I recommend this book highly!!!! Jon Gordon is a wonderful writer.
cbanuelos More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome read! Very inspirational! I can't say enough positive and encouraging words to describe the book! Just to say everyone should read it! I loved, loved the book! Life changer for me! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book that provides hope to those who are overwhelmed with life challenges and can't find their way out.  This book provides a simple framework through three powerful actions of loving, serving and caring for others.  At a time in life where we get lost in busyness and stress and began to let fear overcome us and rule our lives, this book provides a powerful message of choosing faith over fear.  It is written so clearly, it is a quick and easy read, but one that will have you thinking about your perspective on life each day after reading it.  Jon Gordon has an amazing personal story and uses those experiences to help create real world situations in his books that are easy to relate to.  A much needed message in today's world and a must read for all!  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's no secret that I love the books that Jon Gordon writes.  They are told in a simple manner in very matter of fact statements that make sense.  The fact that Jon is always able to tie many things together that help inspire people to not only better themselves, but become better leaders to help/serve others. The Carpenter tells a story of a man who, stressed by work and life in general, collapses in his morning run and finds himself in the hospital.  He has been saved by "J", who in saving him in the street also teaches him several steps to save many things in his life and to see what success really is.  It's one thing to build something, it's another to create a masterpiece.   In the book, you see Michael's transformation to just getting through day by day to work toward his (and his family's) dream.  You see him go through struggles, setbacks and challenges and you get to see how he deals with them.   Jon's books are always full of great quotes to help you remember the important pieces and inspires you.  You learn how the things you do can inspire and teach others as you work through.  "There's no such thing as an OVERNIGHT SUCCESS but there are timeless principles to help you stand out. " I enjoyed reading this book and I am looking forward to re-reading it many more times and to use the #LOVESERVECARE principles in all aspects possible. I highly recommend this book to anyone - along with many of his others.  It is definitely worth the purchase!  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jon Gordon has a way of writing that will leave you believing he wrote that book just for you. I've been a Jon Gordon fan for a while and have found that he and his books have been an integral part of growing our company and our team.  Our employees feel like Jon is a part of our company because of how his principals and strategies for success have become so ingrained in what we do.  The Carpenter is another HUGE building block for our growth and I highly suggest it to anyone who would like to enhance their role in leadership, business, or family. Janell Adams
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a fan of all of Jon Gordons books, this is by far my favorite, the story will give you insight into how to construct a team and your life using Love, Service and Care, it will also give you the tools to make it happen. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jon has done it again and written another inspiring book. Like Jon's other books, it's a quick read packed with powerful words, beliefs and tools to help one get through life. This book came at the appropriate time for me as I just recently learned my job was being eliminated and "The Carpenter" showed me how I have total control by loving, serving and caring. Having done those I can already see a difference in my life and what is  happening with it and me!!! Highly recommend this book (and all others by Jon)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book will remind you to always "Love , Serve, Care" and to really take pride in what you do in matter what it is!!   An easy, inspirational read!! A "must own" in your collection!   Become a Jon Gordon is worth the time and dollars spent!! Celeste Alexander
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Carpenter came along for me in a difficult time. I fell in love with the characters because they were so relatable. I can't put my finger on it, but when I got finished reading The Carpenter, I felt at peace that everything was going to be ok. The Christian underpinnings of his books leaves me with some sort of comfort that I know God has a plan for us and if I am just patient that it will all play out just as it is meant to be. In the meantime, I can use the strategies that Jon Gordon gives to help me in my journey to get through the difficulties because he makes them so easy to apply to your every day life. You can not go wrong reading this book. If you are going through anything personal or professional, it is in your best interest to read The Carpenter. My hope for you is that you will have the peace and comfort I was left with.
DebraSmouse More than 1 year ago
During my “day job” as a life coach, I’m always looking for books to recommend to my clients and subscribers. One of my go-to authors for books that can help change your perspective in this game called “life” is Jon Gordon. His books approach living in the style of modern day fables, allowing him to take deep truths and shifts in thinking into easily digested prose that doesn’t feel like a self-help book The Carpenter opens with Michael, awakening in a hospital. During an early morning run, his body simply gave out from the level of stress he’d been living under trying to nurture a growing family and new business. The man who tended him and got him to a hospital was a Carpenter. When Michael tracks him down to thank him, he ends up hiring him to build a bookshelf in their home. Talking with the Carpenter during his time working on their project, Michael quickly learns that he is more than just a Carpenter; he is also a builder of lives, careers, people, and teams. As the Carpenter shares his wisdom, Michael attempts to save his business in the face of adversity, rejection, fear, and failure. The lessons he learns along the way mirror the truths I regularly work with my clients. There’s no such thing as an overnight success. That we must choose love over fear. That we must serve if we want to lead. That we are not our thoughts, so it’s important to talk (positively) to ourselves instead of listening to our inner critic. Never do anything out of obligation – do it out of service and with gratitude. Your optimism today will determine your success tomorrow. Believe in your dreams and you will accomplish what seems impossible. That if you want to build a successful life and business, your caring will lead to success. I’m recommending this book, in a literary way of enjoyment, to everyone. I’m putting it at the top of my list of must reads for anyone that works as a manager, leader or sports coach. It’s also a must read for anyone going the entrepreneur route.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book. The perfect message with love,care, serve as the theme. Would be perfect to use with many groups of people to develop similar vision.  Pam waymack 
DarylB More than 1 year ago
This latest book by Jon Gordon truly inspires and instills the continued messages from his writings that it is what you believe and what you feel that makes the difference in your success. By following the characters he so beautifully creates you get so wrapped up into their lives that by the time you realize they could just as easily be you, and your life, you already have several tools to enrich yourself along the way. If you have not read Jon's other books, you really should. They all provide such exceptional insight into what you really can do, and what you really can become in your life if you would only approach it with the right attitude and the right focus. It's about what CAN be done, and Jon's The Carpenter shows just how easy you can change your views and build a new future for you, your family, and those in your life. Impact you first, then use this to impact the lives of others. Buy more than one, because the more you giveaway to others, the greater the future you can help build by becoming a Carpenter too! Cannot thank you enough for this book Jon!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like all of Jon Gordon's books this book details what it means to truly be a success through teh use of a masterful story with a practical message that you can immediately begin to apply in your daily life. Once again, Jon's message of love, serve and care goes straight to the true heart of leadership.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another Jon Gordon Masterpiece!  It is amazing how Jon speaks to the reader - in more ways than one.  We each can create a masterpiece through living 3 simple words  Love, Serve, Care.    Thank you, Jon Gordon, for challenging me to  "live by design",  to be a craftsman and to  "Never do anything out of obligation. Do everything with gratitude and love.  It's more powerful that way."    Teresa Beck Bontempo
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing! This is a MUST READ for anyone that may be searching for guidance. Jon Gordon tells a great "real world" story and gives guidance for the reader. Another excellent book. Bob Brumm - Speaker, Author, Encouragement Engineer
Anonymous More than 1 year ago