Episode 003–“The Go-Giver” with Bob Burg

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“Trust is established when you act in the best interests of others. This terrific book wonderfully illuminates this and many other principles of contribution, abundance, service, and success. In a style both engaging and insightful, The Go-Giver delivers a very powerful message.” —Stephen M. R. Covey, New York Times bestselling author, The Speed of Trust.

Too many people think, “Oh, sure, once you’ve achieved success and financial stability, then you can afford to be a giving person!” But in this book, Bob Burg and John David Mann—who, among other things, have given us the term go-giver—tell us that, in fact, being a giving person is how you achieve success in the first place, however you define success.

Too often people hear “be a giver” and think of charities and writing checks, 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. It is, in and of itself, a satisfying and fulfilling way to be. Giving, touching others’ lives, expanding the circle of our concern to include others, being authentic and being always open to receiving as well as giving. That’s not just a children’s fairy tale—it’s a good description of many of the most amazing people John has encountered. And while they may live and work in different countries and in different fields, they all share the same core giving philosophy. This book captures that philosophy and shows that it is more than a fable, a parable or a pipe dream. It’s real—a path that people can follow in their daily lives. People want to believe that this is the way the world can work: that living with a focus on others isn’t just a nice goal but that it can be a way of life, and can lead to a life that is full, rich and fulfilling. But then, too often, we feel pressured by the voices (both external and internal) of cynicism and resignation, telling us, “It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there—you’ve got to look out for #1.”

We end the interview with a walk down memory lane bustin' a move with Bob's fave blast from the past, At the Hop by Danny and the Juniors.

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