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The Go-Getter is one of my all time favorite books. There are more lessons in the pages of this small book than there are in some novels. This is my review. Proofreading Team. The Go-Getter A Story That Tells You How to be One By Peter B. Kyne * * * * * DEDICATION THIS LITTLE BOOK IS DEDICATED TO THE . Ever since its first printing in , The Go-Getter has inspired employees and In this book, Bill Peck, a war veteran, persuades Cappy Ricks, the crusty.
I've got five inches chest expansion and I feel fine. I have my head left--and my right arm. I can think and I can write, and even if one of my wheels is flat, I can hike longer and faster after an order than most. Got a job for me, Mr.
I'm out of it, you know. Retired ten years ago. This office is merely a headquarters for social frivolity--a place to get my mail and mill over the gossip of the street. Our Mr. Skinner is the chap you should see. Skinner, sir," the erstwhile warrior replied, "but he wasn't very sympathetic. I think he jumped to the conclusion that I was attempting to trade him my empty sleeve.
He informed me that there wasn't sufficient business to keep his present staff of salesmen busy, so then I told him I'd take anything, from stenographer up. I'm the champion one-handed typist of the United States Army. I can tally lumber and bill it. I can keep books and answer the telephone. He's high, low and jack-in-the-game in the shipping end of our business. He was very kind. He said he felt that he owed me a job, but business is so bad he couldn't make a place for me.
He told me he is now carrying a dozen ex-service men merely because he hasn't the heart to let them go. I believe him. Why do you come to me? Peck replied smilingly, "I want you to go over their heads and give me a job. I don't care a hoot what it is, provided I can do it. If I can do it, I'll do it better than it was ever done before, and if I can't do that I'll quit to save you the embarrassment of firing me.
I'm not an object of charity, but I'm scarcely the man I used to be and I'm four years behind the procession and have to catch up. I have the best of references--" "I see you have," Cappy cut in blandly, and pressed the push-button on his desk. Skinner entered. He glanced disapprovingly at William E.
Peck and then turned inquiring eyes toward Cappy Ricks. We'll have to take a chance. At the present time that office is in charge of a stenographer, and we've got to get a manager on the job without further loss of time.
So I'll tell you what we'll do. We'll send Andrews out on the next boat, but inform him that his position is temporary. Then if he doesn't make good out there we can take him back into this office, where he is a most valuable man.
As a favor to me, Skinner, my dear boy, as a favor to me. Skinner, in the language of the sporting world, was down for the count--and knew it. Young Mr. Peck knew it too, and smiled graciously upon the general manager, for young Mr. Peck had been in the army, where one of the first great lessons to be assimilated is this: that the commanding general's request is always tantamount to an order.
Skinner replied coldly. Far be it from me to interfere in the internal administration of your department. Naturally you will pay Mr. Peck what he is worth and not a cent more. If you think you're slipping gracefully into a good thing, disabuse your mind of that impression right now. You'll step right up to the plate, my son, and you'll hit the ball fairly on the nose, and you'll do it early and often. The first time you tip a foul, you'll be warned.
The second time you do it you'll get a month's lay-off to think it over, and the third time you'll be out--for keeps. Do I make myself clear? Peck declared happily. Skinner's heart. Thank you, Mr. Skinner, for consenting to take me on. I appreciate your action very, very much and shall endeavor to be worthy of your confidence.
In-fer-nal young scoundrel! Ah, poor old narrow-gauge Skinner! If that fellow ever gets a new or unconventional thought in his stodgy head, it'll kill him overnight. He's hopping mad right now, because he can't say a word in his own defense, but if he doesn't make hell look like a summer holiday for Mr.
Bill Peck, I'm due to be mercifully chloroformed. Good Lord, how empty life would be if I couldn't butt in and raise a little riot every once in so often.
Peck had risen and was standing at attention. Peck glanced at a cheap wrist watch. I might just as well knock out half a day's pay. Skinner withdrew, still wrapped in his sub-Antarctic dignity. As the door closed behind him, Mr. Peck's eyebrows went up in a manner indicative of apprehension. Ricks," he opined. I can only drive Skinner and Matt Peasley so far--and no farther. There's always a point at which I quit--er--ah--William. Is it a solid blue, or is it figured?
The search for the blue vase begins, with Peck having 5 hours to secure it. He hunts everywhere for the vase and finally, after hours of tiresome walking, he sees it sitting in a shop window of a store called "B Cohen's Art Shop".
But the store is closed! Peck immediately obtains a phone directory from a hotel and proceeds to call every "Cohen" in the book! Cohens in San Francisco. Of the nineteen, four did not answer, three were temporarily disconnected, six replied in yiddish, five were not the B. It was now six o'clock. Time was running out.
Suddenly Peck had an inspiration. Was the store name spelled Cohen, Cohan, Cohn, or Coen? Peck makes his way back to the store to take another look at the sign. It reads "B.
Cohns Art Shop". Cohn without the "e"!
Furious with himself, Peck heads back to the hotel, obtains the phone directory and calls all B. This time he is successful and he manages to track down the owner. However the owner is at a dinner and has no desire to come back to open the store for Peck.
He suggests instead that Peck contact his head salesman, a Mr Herman Joost. Peck gets hold of Joost, but Joost can't meet Peek until nine o'clock, one hour after the train leaves with Cappy! Without going into the remainder of this short story, I can definitely say that 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 everyone the inspiration to tap resources and overcome roadblocks on the way to success. 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.
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, this book still has much to offer today's Go-Getters. View all 6 comments.
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Aug 15, Chris Munson rated it it was amazing Shelves: A very short parable you can read it during your lunch hour on how a young unemployed veteran is handed the opportunity to take his career to the top if he succeeds or go down in flames and ruin his career if he fails.
The book runs along the lines of the "Who Moved My Cheese" approach though it was written in the 20's of using a short story to explain a few very basic though powerful principles. This book really sums up the guiding principle of consulting: Even if you aren't sure you A very short parable you can read it during your lunch hour on how a young unemployed veteran is handed the opportunity to take his career to the top if he succeeds or go down in flames and ruin his career if he fails.
Even if you aren't sure you can do it, tell yourself that you can, figure out how to pull it off and execute and don't give up. And above all A great little short story though somewhat unrealistic - I don't know of any human being that would go to all of the trouble of the main character that reminds us of what we can accomplish when our backs are against the wall and we never give up.
The motto of the go-getter: It shall be done. Dec 10, David Glad rated it it was amazing Shelves: For anyone who doesn't wish to download the audio book, you can download this off librivox.
This was a very nice short story about tireless persistence and ingenuity with the primary character being a "disabled" veteran of WWI contrasted with other lazy workers the bosses knew who consistently beats the almost "impossible" odds stacked against him For anyone who doesn't wish to download the audio book, you can download this off librivox.
This was a very nice short story about tireless persistence and ingenuity with the primary character being a "disabled" veteran of WWI contrasted with other lazy workers the bosses knew who consistently beats the almost "impossible" odds stacked against him and always seems to have some backup plan. Really wish I could say more, as I definitely enjoyed it. Despite being first published in , almost seemed to have a strange intuition as if it could have been written after WWII as they have that quote attributed to Patton of how you should tell someone what needs to be done, but not insulting their intelligence by telling them how to do it.
Maybe the borderline spoiler is that if a task seems odd and great, it's possible you're being groomed or simply tested for bigger and better possibilities.
View 1 comment. Jul 03, Bob Wallner rated it it was ok Shelves: The premise is about doing what ever is needed to reach your goals.
This hour long audiobook is entertaining, but is difficult at first as it is written with very "old-school" language. This took a minute to get over and eventually made the story very pleasant.
Not to give away anything, but the character, if not stopped, would have made some immoral and illegal decisions to reach his goal, and the protagonist of the story would have been good with that. As much as I want to be a Go-Getter and have Go-Getters in my organization, immoral and illegal methods are not welcome. I enjoy Mr. Ramsey's podcast and I understand that he preaches Go-Getter mentality, and I agree that the intention of this book is purely good, I just worry that the message new leaders will take away is - do what is needed whether moral or immoral; whether legal or illegal.
That major concern brought my rating from a 4-star to a 2-star. I'm use to my mind wandering or falling asleep after min The Story Kept me engaged and wanting to hear what was next. Bill Peck Values something that I feel has been watered down and lost its value over the years, His Word. Starting with Me! Jul 07, Pamela Fernandes rated it liked it.
This is a wonderful short about the story of a go-getter. Peck a war veteran demonstrates the qualities of a go-getter. What you have here is a war veteran with an amputated leg and hand. Yet, with singular focus and determination he manages to get his job done. Many people might read this and think, this is just silly, but I believe it's a matter of perspective.
You can read it and each person will learn something based on his own flaws.
This book written in taught me a few things: Jun 07, Keith rated it it was amazing. Short book - can easily be read in one sitting - but powerfully inspirational. Get this book on your shelf and read it often! Jan 23, Darren Sapp rated it really liked it. Nice novelette that will motivate those in sales or seeking achievement. Apr 26, Nicholas Maulucci rated it liked it.
One hour read or less. Every young person needs to read this. Sep 14, Chris rated it liked it Shelves: My workplace gave all employees a copy of The Go Getter and encouraged us to read the book and to come up with our own "Blue Vase.
Wodehouse of the same name and so to avoid confusion I found a couple of places that referenced this book by Kyne as Winning the Blue Vase.
Other versions add the original? The company is owned by "Cappy" Ricks but Cappy has delegated out normal management roles to two vice presidents.
The book was written and is set in the time immediately following World War One. The book begins with Cappy berating his acting upper management team for their poor choices and their inability to find worthwhile employees. Shortly after that, Peck arrives on the scene asking Cappy for a job. However, he does more than just "ask" for a job. He comes to Cappy without an appointment and basically tells Cappy that Peck is the man for whatever job Cappy wants to throw at him.
There are other details as well Peck had already talked with the other vice-presidents and been turned down, he had a great working knowledge of Cappy's business, etc. However, at the same time, he makes the job as difficult as possible by giving Peck what is considered as I understood it the worst sales assignment in the company. I don't want to go through the whole plot with you it's a short book…and it seems to be in the public domain if you want to read it online for free.
But I will say what you've already guessed from the title of the book…Peck continues to impress Cappy and goes on to impress the other vice presidents. At which point, Cappy gives him "the test of the blue vase.
However Cappy throws all sorts of obstacles in the way to test Peck's ingenuity and resolve. The story is a cute little tale and it does include a number of quippy little comments that can be used as motivational blurbs. The afterward in my edition expounds on the concepts of the book in case you failed to make the leap from the fiction of the story to the moral and practical lesson it's trying to teach.
The actual lesson being taught is actually fairly simple and straightforward on paper. It basically involves setting your eye on the prize and doing whatever it takes to get there. In addition it's the idea that you should go above and beyond just the status quo…that you should attempt to exceed expectations, not simply meet them or worse, fail to meet them. Problems — obstacles — issues!
Challenging status quo and getting things done — These are two ideas practiced regularly in the corporate environment.
How many times do we hear: This cannot be done? Who is a go-getter? Kyne but after reading it now, you will find it quite relevant today, specially when we are given tasks which are not do-able. However, after passing through a few pages, you will start loving Mr. Our hero, Mr.I know he has a pleasing personality. This time he is successful and he manages to track down the owner. Peck also developed pneumonia with influenza and T.
Peck sighed. Not a peep. Bill Peck, I'm due to be mercifully chloroformed.