Sanjeev Kotnala: Book Review of ‘The Go Giver’

08 Jun,2019

By Sanjeev Kotnala

‘The Go-Giver’ by Bob Burg and John David Mann is the story of an ambitious young man named Joe.  It seems that the more he runs after success, the more difficult it becomes to achieve his goals. Then he seeks advice from the highly successful leader Pindar, who shares his secret, the FIVE LAWS OF SUCCESS.  Pindar has just one condition that Joe will test each of the laws. In the process, Joe learns that if only he shifts his focus from GETTING TO GIVING, Putting others’ interest first and continuously adding value to their lives- it will lead to unexpected results and ultimately success.

Quoting from the book its essence: “Too often people hear “be a giver” and think of charities and writing check, of “giving back” once we have already done well for ourselves. But that’s only one very specific facet of giving. By “be a giver” Bob and John mean be a giving person, period: One who gives thought, gives attention, gives care, gives focus, gives time and energy- gives value to others.”

 

‘THE GO-GIVER’: FIVE LAWS OF SUCCESS.

I share the FIVE LAWS as Pindar says in the book, it is best if all of us have access to them. And he calls it secret so that people would want to know them.

1. THE LAW OF VALUE.
Your true worth is determined by how much more you give in value than you take in payment.

2. THE LAW OF COMPENSATION.
Your income is determined by how many people you serve and how well you serve them.

3. THE LAW OF INFLUENCE.
Your influence s determined by how abundantly you place other people’s interest first.

4. THE LAW OF AUTHENTICITY.
The most valuable gift you have to offer is yourself.

5. THE LAW OF RECEPTIVITY.
The key to effective giving is to stay open to receiving.

I know these laws may not make sense, that is why the book is essential to understand and soak nuances of these wonderful laws. They may not sound too original to many, but trust me the way they are presented in the book is excellent.

Oh, by the way, Pindar does not share the laws himself. He meets Joe for five days over lunch and introduces him to a new person every day (A touch f Tuesdays with Morris). The person, let’s say the guest of the afternoon, shares his story and thus brings alive the law. I would hate to share the details here and recommend that you pick the book and read it. This book is special and will not be Un-Caged by me soon.

 

MORE SECRETS EMBEDDED IN ‘THE GO-GIVER’.

Aside from the five laws of success, there are some gems in the story. I was shocked by the very positive tome of Pindar when in a conversation with Joe he says “Joe, no offence, but you don’t have that power… I mean the power to waste my time. Only I can do that. And truthfully, it’s a vice I gave up a long time ago. The reason for my conditions( that you will test every law that I share by actually trying it out. Not by thinking about it, not by talking about it, but by applying it in your life) is that I don’t want to see you wasting your time” (Page 17).

‘You get what you expect and not what you want’ and that “Ultimately, the world treats you more or less the way you expect to be treated”. It is so real and so simple.

As you read the book, you may end up picking your own laws and gems. After all, we all have a different perspective and perception of the reality and hence our alignment with such thinking.

MORE ON ‘THE GO-GIVER’.

It is a simple book of 127 pages. Comfortable read on a 90-minute flight. I did it on a Mumbai-Nagpur flight that took 75 minutes.

It is written in a straightforward language. There is hardly any jargon used.

It’s a fictional story that is presented in a very sequential linear way that keeps the reader’s interest alive. And in the end, there is a significant revelation.

Maybe, a better way to read will be somewhat in the way Joe gets introduced to the laws. Read one law and then try it out in your life, before you get ready for the next law.

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Thanks Priya Lobo, COO, Ormax Consultants for gifting me this book ‘The Go-Giver’ by Bob Burg and John David Mann. A book everyone should read.

 

HOW I GET BOOKS GIFTED TO ME.

Sharing my simple secret.

I have an understanding with a few select people.  If we cancel or postpone a meeting within 48 hours of the scheduled time, the person who does so, gifts a book to the other party in the next meeting.

Is that not an excellent way to get books? I find it that the other person sincerely searches the book to gift knowing the potential reader’s interest.

 

THE LIST OF 10 SELECTED BOOKS I GIFT.

When I have to gift a book for rescheduling a meeting, the easiest thing to do is to give my debut novel “Chimera Of lansdowne’.  I don’t do that. It will be too selfish. Moreover, it will not serve the purpose and objective of this small initiative.

I have a list of 10 selected books in alphabetical order of their title.

1. 11 Minutes by Paulo Coelho.

2. Catalyst by Chandramouli Venkatesan.

3. Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy.

4. Happiness A State Of Mind by Gyalwang Drukpa.

5. Many Lives Many Masters by Dr Brian Weiss.

6. Sponge by Ambi Parameswaran.

7. Think And Grow Rich’ by Napoleon Hill.

8. Tuesday With Morris by Mitch Albom.

9. Veronika Decides To Die by Paulo Coehlo.

10. Who Moved My Cheese by Spenser Johnson.

All of them are an excellent read.

And ‘The Go-Giver’ gets added to the list and completes the team of 11 books.

I can blindly and confidently recommend the above list to anyone and everyone to read.

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