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Jul 8, 2016

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I watched Evan Carmicheal's YouTube video called 7 Books Every Entrepreneur Must Read (click here to see the video).   This was one of the books on his list. 

Bob Burg's and John David Mann's The Go-Giver.  I really thoroughly enjoyed this book. I love when lessons are told through a story format.   These are my biggest takeaways from this book, page numbers included.

  • Joe drew a breath.   "So', he spoke this next thought slowly, thinking it out loud, "you're saying, people don't take advantage of you because you don't expect them to?   That because you don't put any focus on selfishness and greed, even when it's all around you, it doesn't have much impact on you?"   Then he had a flash of inspiration.   "Like a healthy immune system-the disease is all around you, but you don't catch it?' pg 14
  • "All things being equal-"  Ernesto finished the phrase:  '-people will do business with and refer business to those people they know, like and trust." pg 25
  • 'Your life works the same way," she said.   'You just make it up.   Being broke and being rich are both decisions.   You make them up, right here."   She tapped her finger to her temple.   "Everything else is just how it plays out." pg 45
  • 'Watch out for the other guy.   Watch out for his interests.   Watch his back.   Forget about fifty-fifty, son.   Fifty-fifty's a losing proposition.   The only winning proposition is one hundred percent.   Make your win about the other person, go after what he wants.   Forget win-win-focus on the other person's win.'  pg 63
  • 'Your influence is determined by how abundantly you place other people's interests first.'  pg 63
  • "What I'm here to sell you on is you.   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 most valuable gift you have to offer is you."  pg 87
  • "Receiving is the natural result of giving.   If you give and then try to stop the receiving that comes back, you're like King Canute watching the tide roll out and commanding it not to come back in."  pg 102-103
  • 'Every giving can happen only because it is also a receiving..." pg 103
  • 'So the secret to success,' Joe went on, '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.' pg 105


In reading this book, I literally stopped a few times to simply think.   This material I will keep and look over and reference again in the future.   This book is a short read and well worth your time.

Not too long ago, I use to love buying/playing video games.    Nowadays, books are my new video games.    This is something that I never thought would happen.   I'm truly digging reading books.


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