Book review: The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea (Bob Burg and John David Mann)

Many things in this world are counter-intuitive. We may have a certain opinion of those things and how they work. Also, we may never realize, if there is another side of them instead – not just the one we have imagined.

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This is a shame, because this would enable us to learn new valuable lessons of life and even make our lives better.

Enter the Go-Giver. This is a book of one perception, which many people may have and which – if changed – can transform your life to abundance and wealth.

It is all about paradigm shift from one thought to another and how your life changes with the shift.

I can see this paradigm shift beneficial for anyone being a blogger or internet marketer. It’s all about getting to giving and how that can improve yourself and your business as well. It’s also all about giving true value to your clients (both current and future ones) and readers/subscribers of your blog.

I had already learned about the topic of giving before by reading other self-help books. Thanks to this book, I was finally ready to put the lessons in action and start to implement those in my real-life.

What’s in it?

This is a thin book, only 130 pages, and it is divided into following chapters as follows:

1. The Go-Getter

2. The Secret

3. The Law of Value

4. The Condition

5. The Law of Compensation

6. Serving Coffee

7. Rachel

8. The Law of Influence

9. Susan

10. The Law of Authenticity

11. Gus

12. The Law of Receptivity

13. Full Circle

14. The Go-Giver

The Five Laws of Stratospheric Success

What this book is all about?

It is a story of growing mentally, from go-getter to go-giver. You have to learn, that in order to succeed, you have to create value and be unselfish. By realizing this, the abundance will follow.

This book tells a story of Joe, who is a go-getter. He is trying to land a big deal that his company (The Clason-Hill Trust Corporation) is after.

In order to make everything to land that deal (referred as BK), Joe gets the phone number of a man called Pindar (or the Chairman), who he thinks could help him to get the deal.

Joe sets the appointment with the man, but the meeting with him is different than what he was expecting. There are actually series of meetings with Pindar, which all include a lesson. Also, Joe is asked to implement the lesson right away. These lessons are referred as laws and they are The Law of Value, The Law of Compensation, The Law of Influence, the Law of Authenticity and the Law of Receptivity.

Giving is the secret for getting the abundance. Putting others interests in front of yours, serving them well, being altruistic. That’s what the go-getter is. This is what Joe learns and the book follows his journey from a getter to a giver.

Joe’s journey is followed both from his personal and business life’s perspective. It is clear, that being a go-giver works in both worlds effectively.

My verdict

What I liked:

This is a thin book, only 130 pages. You could easily read this book in a weekend. Also, the spirit of the book is very positive.

I feel that this book has a big effect for me as an internet marketer. I have already started applying the lessons in my everyday life without expecting any favors back from the people I have served.

I’m also looking forward to putting these lessons to good use in my internet marketing efforts as well.

I like this book, because it contains a counter-intuitive lesson: in order to get, you have to give.

What I didn’t like:

I wish that the Law or Receptivity was explained a bit better. Although the book was easy to understand, I still found this lesson to a be bit difficult to grasp. Or was it just me?


I truly recommend this book!

I feel that the lessons are powerful and important to learn and apply in your everyday life.

No matter if you use this in your internet marketing efforts or in personal life, the concepts are powerful in both worlds.

The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea



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