The Go-Giver

Summary Written by Airial Dandridge
“All right. I'm going to share my Trade Secret with you now.”

- The Go-Giver, page 11

The Big Idea

Give, Give, Give And Then Be Open To Receive...

"So the secret to gaining it, to having it, is to give, give, give. The secret to getting is giving. And the secret to giving is making yourself open to receiving."- The Go-Giver, page 105

“Give, give, give” is not all about giving money, giving things for free, or giving to charity. Although, those are ways to give, giving goes beyond that. Give value. Share your talents. Give incredible experiences. During his first meeting with Pindar, and learning that the secret to success is giving, Joe asked a question I’m sure many of us would ponder: “Wouldn’t an awful lot of people take advantage of you?” Pindar goes on to explain that “Most of us have grown up seeing the world as a place of limitation rather than as a place of inexhaustible treasures. A world of competition rather than one of co-creation”. If you expect limitations and for people to take advantage of you – that’s what you will get. We get what we focus on and expect. So instead of worrying about being taken advantage of and falling into the mindset of lack and scarcity, be open to giving and expecting abundance.

Insight #1

Be Authentic

"People, remember this: no matter what your training, no matter what your skills, no matter what area you're in, you are your most important commodity."- The Go-Giver, page 87

What do you have to give? How do you give when you are just starting out? The greatest gift you can give is you – authentically. The Law of Authenticity is the fourth law of the five. I am a big believer in being authentic. Yes, I believe it is important to learn the skills of your trade, however, what sets you apart from all the rest is your uniqueness. So be true to yourself and what you believe. Celebrate your perfect imperfections because those are the very things that will draw people to you. Also remember, people do business with people, not businesses.

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Insight #2

Be Open To Receive

"Receiving is the natural result of giving"- The Go-Giver, page 102

When we refuse a gift from someone, we are refusing their right to give. Receiving is a natural result of giving. There is nothing wrong with receiving. It is our intentions and focus that can get us off track. We must learn to be open to receiving in order to perpetuate giving. When you focus on giving, serving, and providing value, you will be compensated. Your compensation will be determined by the number of people you serve and how well you serve them–The Law of Compensation. So, let’s change our mindset about receiving and trust the process.

I always love to read books that will help me improve my business as well as my life. The principles outlined in The Go-Giver can easily be applied to both.

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Bob Burg

Bob Burg is a sought-after speaker at corporate conventions and for entrepreneurial events. He regularly addresses audiences ranging in size from 50 to 16,000 — sharing the platform with notables including today’s top thought leaders, broadcast personalities, Olympic athletes and political leaders including a former United States President.

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