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The Go-Getter book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. The Go Getter is the story of William Peck. He was a war veteran and. "The Go-Getter is a great book for motivating employees to take initiative and make decisions without constantly asking for management assent. What a. The Go-Getter: A Story That Tells You How to be One and millions of other books are available for instant access. view Kindle eBook | view Audible audiobook.
Zeebra Books This audiobook, based on a story, follows Peck, a war veteran and double amputee eager to work for Ricks' Logging Company. The firm's executives hire the hardworking and honest Peck almost as a lark, because they're unhappy with several current employees' performance. Peck immediately surprises them by going out and selling the most undesirable lumber for unbelievably high prices. He's back in the office briefly before heading out on another sale when he's asked to do an odd errand: he has to track down a particular blue vase in a shop on Sunday and deliver it to the company president by that evening. The intrepid Peck finds the store, tracks down the owner and finally obtains the vase, proving he is indeed a go-getter. The story is undoubtedly old-fashioned, but the actions and attitudes of both the worker and the manager still ring true today.
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. When given an assignment, you should give it your all and do the best you can without excuses. When you see an opportunity, you should leap at the chance to stretch and grow even if it's outside your comfort zone or expertise.
Bottom line as I take it you should not "settle", you should not "coast. There will always be obstacles, sometimes more than others. Bill Peck's motto as taught him by his general in the war was "it shall be done. He continued after the blue vase even when everything was against him and his allotted time was up. And eventually, he succeeded. This is a fun little read and I can see the reason that employers might want their employees to read it.
It's definitely a simple read with a simple message, but it's a worthwhile message. Written in the s, when the business of America was business, this reprint tells a story of how a handicapped man used his "go-getter" attitude to overcome the odds.
Now in this new century, companies are handing this book out to employees to bring back the old work ethic. A WWI veteran asks an eminent company executive for a job. In order to get that precious position, the disabled man must pass the Blue Vase Test which means he has to find this object and deliver it at a certain time. As t Written in the s, when the business of America was business, this reprint tells a story of how a handicapped man used his "go-getter" attitude to overcome the odds.
As the reader soon discovers, the task is not as easy as it sounds. It's a very short book, the message is very simple, and it doesn't take long to read. It's all about loyalty to the task and the organization. For me, the book was okay. It might work better on youngsters just getting into the workforce. If you're looking for a 'rags to riches' kind of story, check some place else. This is pretty straight forward and written for the well-read or the not-so-well-read. I'd recommend this to any person wanting to do better at a current job or get a new job.
Oct 29, Beau Raines rated it it was amazing. A quick read about getting the job done. It tells the story of a veteran who wants a job with a lumber company and his resolve to get the job. When he gets the job, unbeknownst to him. The story continues with his resolve to finish the task. Jun 13, Rob rated it really liked it. Are you a Go-Getter?
This quick read lets you know what it means to be one. Sep 17, JC rated it liked it Shelves: This is a good story about the willingness to grab what you're dreaming of and the rewards that come. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Es una historia muy corta, acerca de lo que pide un jefe y lo que es capaz de hacer un empleado para satisfacer la orden. El maquinista era alguien muy confiado para dejar subir a un desconocido que detiene su tren a la fuerza.
One of the higher-ups at my current companythe senior VP of sales, of coursegave me, and every one of his past employees, this book as a new-hire gift. He found it motivational and hopes that all of his employees read it and strive to be a 'go-getter. The story is interesting and has plenty of motivational blurbs and lessons to be learned.
I can see why it appeals to my boss so intently. I am no One of the higher-ups at my current companythe senior VP of sales, of coursegave me, and every one of his past employees, this book as a new-hire gift.
I am not in sales at my company and never intend to be a salesperson; however, I think anyone in any position can find important morals in the story. I feel I've always been a hard worker. Any time I am given a task, no matter how challenging or silly it may seem, I always strive to complete it to the best of my ability. And I think that's ultimately the lesson in the storynever say "I can't"; always find a way to do it.
However, my main issue with the story is that it feels like the author is encouraging you to literally always find a way to complete the task, be it legal or illegal. Refer back to the brigadier who obtained the blue vase by breaking into the shop. Ricks did not discipline the man for completing the task illegallyin fact, he says even though he failed the test, the brigadier was "too good" and still gave him a high-up position.
So, while I do think employees should strive to complete tasks and work their hardest, I do think there's a line, and that crossing that line would not be completing the task but rather compromising yourself in order to appease someone. Other than that little concern, the story was a cute way to encourage employees to be a go-getter, and I really appreciate my boss for gifting me this book. Blog Insta Twitter In general, I hate parable-based, lesson in a story books.
They tend to be overly cheesy, with the moral of the story overstated. However, this book is different and I sincerely appreciate that. Kyne wrote this book with a simplicity reminiscent of the worldview of the s, where grit, determination and work ethic prevailed.
Although technological advancements have changed how work gets done and how we define "hard work", the principles outlined by Kyne apply today - be a person of integrity, In general, I hate parable-based, lesson in a story books. Although technological advancements have changed how work gets done and how we define "hard work", the principles outlined by Kyne apply today - be a person of integrity, persevere, and follow through on your commitments.
If books were defined by the return on time spent reading, this one would be worthy of 5 stars. The value it adds for an investment of just about 2 hours is well worth it!
Jan 24, Venky rated it it was amazing Shelves: This fictional story of a World War II amputee and his crafty but well meaning albeit unbiased and impartial employer "Cappy" Rick not only warms the deepest cockles of every heart but also serves as a beacon of inspiration. This book needs to read by everyone, young and old, able and the differently abled, prince and pretender.
All of 76 pages, this work will make you go to it again and again and again. The exploits and the admirable determination of William Peck in spite of being seriously mai This fictional story of a World War II amputee and his crafty but well meaning albeit unbiased and impartial employer "Cappy" Rick not only warms the deepest cockles of every heart but also serves as a beacon of inspiration. The exploits and the admirable determination of William Peck in spite of being seriously maimed in the Great War is worthy of emulation by every individual striving to make a mark, personally as well as professionally.
Mar 18, Neelam Babul rated it really liked it. An inspiring read that has emphasizes the importance of persistence, confidence and belief in oneself as well as not letting personal imperfections or disabilities hinder one to succeed. Peck is a war veteran who limps slightly and has half his arm chopped off due to the war.
However, he still goes on to look for a job at a woodworking firm and succeeds in turning the odds against him and ultimately earning a better and lucrative position. A short read but a mine of information and inspiration is An inspiring read that has emphasizes the importance of persistence, confidence and belief in oneself as well as not letting personal imperfections or disabilities hinder one to succeed.
A short read but a mine of information and inspiration is within the pages of this book. Jan 03, Mike rated it liked it Shelves: Good little story. Challenged me to think about how persistent I am in my work. Will I do whatever it takes while maintaining integrity to get the job done? This short story makes no mention of faith or family, which detracts from it. And also, there's an element of sales here that is focused on sticking it to the customer, in some parts.
Oct 23, Amit Verma rated it really liked it. This small story, narrates brief encounter depicting, if you are fully dedicated then every job is possible.
Story is fast, engaging and sets a thriller type enigma. Everybody will find it worth a read. It revolves around new recruit in company who is handed over a difficult job, which if he fails is going to get him fired. This lovely story shows if you are desperate enough, goals will not betray you. Inspiracional para dar el todo por el todo aunque fue predecible. Jan 04, Orlane Monga rated it it was amazing.
Week 1 of 1 Book: I highly recommend it. Jan 03, Leslie Lamb rated it it was amazing. It is a story of a veteran who is determined to get the job. He is confident and persistent. Although the first people he talks to deny him the job, he finally talks to someone who will.
They want to know if he is manager material, or someone who will be up there and in charge.. Quick read with valuable lessons, straightforward characters, and funny situations.
I don't read a lot of literature from this period so the dialect was different from what I'm used to, but I definitely laughed out loud at a lot of Cappy's lines!
This is a book you can read in an hour on a lazy Sunday and then use to reflect on your own life afterward. Feb 02, Gregory S. A very old leadership book that I'd actually first read over 20 years ago. I found myself referring to a "blue vase" challenge to someone in my team and decided to re-read this to refresh my memory of the book. You don't read this for the writing; you read it to help illustrate what persistence can mean - not just trying, but doing.
Oct 01, Margaret rated it it was ok. If you have signed up for the Goodreads Challenge and find yourself short a book or two, this 55 page book, first published in , would be an easy way to rack up a "read. Judging by its 4 star rating, others do.
Unless they too wanted a quick read? It is an entertaining enough tale. Jan 23, Lisa Andrews rated it really liked it. Great points illustrated in this story about perseverance and never losing focus on the end goal. Unlike the current books solicited to drive this point home, "The Go-Getter" is a tale written in to illustrate some great points. Not your average business or leadership book.
I read it since it's on Dave Ramsey's team's must-read list and I was not disappointed. Sep 27, Nikki Welch rated it really liked it. Short, but powerful parable story about powering through obstacles, as well as how to be a leader who promotes growth. This book can be read in under an hour - perfect for a waiting room read or lunch hour time passer.
Will definitely be required reading for any future employees, as well as children of mine. Free Motivational Sales Book! Readers also enjoyed. Self Help. About Peter B.
Peter B. Peter Bernard Kyne was an American novelist who wrote between and Many of his works were adapted into screenplays starting in the silent era, particularly his first novel, The Three Godfathers, which was published in and proved to be a huge success. He is credited in films between and When still under 18, he lied about his age and enlisted in Company L, 14th U.
Infa Peter Bernard Kyne was an American novelist who wrote between and The moment he was fairly inside the door the visitor halted, came easily and naturally to "attention" and bowed respectfully, while the cool glance of his keen blue eyes held steadily the autocrat of the Blue Star Navigation Company. Ricks, Peck is my name, sir--William E. Thank you, sir, for acceding to my request for an interview. Peck sat down, but as he crossed to the chair beside Cappy's desk, the old gentleman noticed that his visitor walked with a slight limp, and that his left forearm had been amputated half way to the elbow.
To the observant Cappy, the American Legion button in Mr. Peck's lapel told the story. Peck," he queried gently, "what can I do for you? I do not anticipate a refusal. Peck's engaging but somewhat plain features rippled into the most compelling smile Cappy Ricks had ever seen. Ricks," he replied. I have always found, however, that before proceeding to sell goods I had to sell the manufacturer of those goods something, to-wit--myself! I am about to sell myself to you. You've sold me already.
When did they sell you a membership in the military forces of the United States of America? I soldiered with the Knights of Columbus at Camp Keamy myself, but when they refused to let me go abroad with my division my heart was broken, so I went over the hill.
Peck's heart considerably, establishing at once a free masonry between them. Whittling my wing was a mere trifle, but my broken leg was a long time mending, and now it's shorter than it really ought to be.
And I developed pneumonia with influenza and they found some T. I've been at the government tuberculosis hospital at Fort Bayard, New Mexico, for a year. However, what's left of me is certified to be sound.
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. You are most kind. Good-day, sir. Scarcely had the door closed behind him than Mr. Skinner re-entered Cappy Ricks' lair. He opened his mouth to speak, but Cappy silenced him with an imperious finger. How the devil could you have the heart to reject that crippled ex-soldier?
There he stood, on one sound leg, with his sleeve tucked into his coat pocket and on his homely face the grin of an unwhipped, unbeatable man. But you--blast your cold, unfeeling soul, Skinner! Skinner struck a distinctly defiant attitude.
The gang you shipped up to the mill in Washington has already applied for a charter for a new post to be known as Cappy Ricks Post No. And you had experienced men discharged to make room for these ex-soldiers.
I tell you, sir, the Ricks interests have absorbed all the old soldiers possible and at the present moment those interests are overflowing with glory. What we want are workers, not talkers. These ex-soldiers spend too much time fighting their battles over again.