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The Go Getter is the story of William Peck. He was a war veteran and amputee who will not be refused what he wants. Peck not only fights to find employment but continually proves himself more than competent at the many difficult test that are throw his way in the course of his early days with the Ricks Lumber Company...


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The Go Getter is the story of William Peck. He was a war veteran and amputee who will not be refused what he wants. Peck not only fights to find employment but continually proves himself more than competent at the many difficult test that are throw his way in the course of his early days with the Ricks Lumber Company...

30 review for The Go-Getter (a Story That Tells You How to Be One)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lynda

    There is an abundance of knowledge available to us; there are libraries, websites, mentors, and lessons learned the hard way. There are goals to reach, mountains to climb, lives to change, and new roads to travel. We have dreams, we have passions, and we have must-dos, can-dos, and should-dos. All of us have within us the power to make great strides for a better world for ourselves, our families, and the generations to follow. These achievements take personal and professional forms, sometimes a There is an abundance of knowledge available to us; there are libraries, websites, mentors, and lessons learned the hard way. There are goals to reach, mountains to climb, lives to change, and new roads to travel. We have dreams, we have passions, and we have must-dos, can-dos, and should-dos. All of us have within us the power to make great strides for a better world for ourselves, our families, and the generations to follow. These achievements take personal and professional forms, sometimes a combination of both, and can create massive success and happiness; or, we dismiss them, say they are too hard, or let the next guy take care of them. The truth is that to realize our potential we need to believe in our missions and in ourselves. - Casey Naiduk > Are you a Go-Getter? > Are you someone who wants the best in life? > Are you prepared to work hard to make it happen? > Need some inspiration to help you get there? If you've answered Yes to any of these questions, you might like to read The Go-Getter - a short, motivational parable with big applications. The Go-Getter, an important and famous work, was written by Peter Bernard Kyne and first published in 1921. The story centres around disabled World War I veteran Bill Peck, a worker who must overcome many obstacles in order to build a successful life for himself. At every turn he is thwarted by life's circumstances and must rely on his own tenacity and wits to see him through. Peck's left forearm has been amputated half way to the elbow and he walks with a slight limp; the result of a broken leg that was a long time mending, and now it's shorter than it really ought to be. Peck also developed pneumonia with influenza and T.B. indications were also found after that. He spent over a year in hospital recovering. But was he blue or discouraged? "Oh, I got off easy. 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." Peck approaches an old lumber yard company founder, Cappy Ricks, and asks for a job. Cappy gives him one and Peck proves to be a huge asset, securing a number of lumber orders for the company. He soon earns the opportunity to be considered for broader horizons and Cappy, wanting to ensure that Peck is ready to take on greater responsibility, decides to put him through the "Degree of the Blue Vase" or the Blue Vase Test. This is the test of the Go-Getter. Peck is assigned the task of purchasing a particular blue vase from a certain market place. Cappy mentions he needs to gift it to a lady of acquaintance for her wedding anniversary and that getting that particular vase is of paramount importance. Cappy is to board a train at 8 pm and it is vital that Peck deliver the vase to him at the train station before he departs. The enterprising Peck then promptly asks for a description of the blue vase to get clarity on his task. "What sort of blue it is, how tall is it and what is, approximately, its greatest diameter? Does it set on a base, or does it not? Is it a solid blue, or is it figured?” Capper informs Peck that it is an old Dutch blue, with some Oriental flowers and birds on it. The search for the blue vase begins, with Peck having 5 hours to secure it. He hunts everywhere for the vase and finally, after hours of tiresome walking, he sees it sitting in a shop window of a store called "B Cohen's Art Shop". But the store is closed! Peck immediately obtains a phone directory from a hotel and proceeds to call every "Cohen" in the book! “In despair he changed a dollar into five cent pieces, sought a telephone booth and commenced calling up all the B. Cohens in San Francisco. Of the nineteen, four did not answer, three were temporarily disconnected, six replied in yiddish, five were not the B. Cohen he sought, and one swore he was Irish and that his name was spelled Cohan and pronounced with an accent on both syllables”. It was now six o'clock. Time was running out. Suddenly Peck had an inspiration. Was the store name spelled Cohen, Cohan, Cohn, or Coen? Peck makes his way back to the store to take another look at the sign. It reads "B. Cohns Art Shop". Cohn without the "e"! Furious with himself, Peck heads back to the hotel, obtains the phone directory and calls all B. Cohns. This time he is successful and he manages to track down the owner. However the owner is at a dinner and has no desire to come back to open the store for Peck. He suggests instead that Peck contact his head salesman, a Mr Herman Joost. Peck gets hold of Joost, but Joost can't meet Peek until nine o'clock, one hour after the train leaves with Cappy! Without going into the remainder of this short story, I can definitely say that The Go-Getter offers timeless advice about meeting goals, learning from experience, asking the right questions, and tackling tough projects with unflagging zeal. Through fictionalizations that cut to the core of these issues, this book offers everyone the inspiration to tap resources and overcome roadblocks on the way to success. The Go-Getter is a valuable source of motivation for those committed to success and looking for the inspiration to take them to the next level. It stands out as a wonderful example of how a short fictional tale can teach the lessons of life in a simple, to-the-point story. Without becoming too simplistic in its approach, this book still has much to offer today's Go-Getters.

  2. 5 out of 5

    David Glad

    For anyone who doesn't wish to buy the (audio)book, you can download this off librivox.org (volunteers who make public domain versions of audiobooks of books that have since passed into the public domain..) or the full text off Google books. This was a very nice short story about tireless persistence and ingenuity with the primary character being a "disabled" veteran of WWI (contrasted with other lazy workers the bosses knew) who consistently beats the almost "impossible" odds stacked against him For anyone who doesn't wish to buy the (audio)book, you can download this off librivox.org (volunteers who make public domain versions of audiobooks of books that have since passed into the public domain..) or the full text off Google books. This was a very nice short story about tireless persistence and ingenuity with the primary character being a "disabled" veteran of WWI (contrasted with other lazy workers the bosses knew) who consistently beats the almost "impossible" odds stacked against him and always seems to have some backup plan. Really wish I could say more, as I definitely enjoyed it. Despite being first published in 1921, almost seemed to have a strange intuition as if it could have been written after WWII as they have that quote (attributed to Patton) of how you should tell someone what needs to be done, but not insulting their intelligence by telling them how to do it. Maybe the borderline spoiler is that if a task seems odd and great, it's possible you're being groomed or simply tested for bigger and better possibilities.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chris Munson

    A very short parable (you can read it during your lunch hour) on how a young unemployed veteran is handed the opportunity to take his career to the top (if he succeeds) or go down in flames and ruin his career (if he fails). The book runs along the lines of the "Who Moved My Cheese" approach (though it was written in the 20's) of using a short story to explain a few very basic (though powerful) principles. This book really sums up the guiding principle of consulting: Even if you aren't sure you A very short parable (you can read it during your lunch hour) on how a young unemployed veteran is handed the opportunity to take his career to the top (if he succeeds) or go down in flames and ruin his career (if he fails). The book runs along the lines of the "Who Moved My Cheese" approach (though it was written in the 20's) of using a short story to explain a few very basic (though powerful) principles. This book really sums up the guiding principle of consulting: Even if you aren't sure you can do it, tell yourself that you can, figure out how to pull it off and execute (and don't give up). And above all...always go above and beyond what's expected - even if it's very painful to do so. A great little short story (though somewhat unrealistic - I don't know of any human being that would go to all of the trouble of the main character) that reminds us of what we can accomplish when our backs are against the wall and we never give up. The motto of the go-getter: It shall be done.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bob Wallner

    I added this book when Chris Hogen on EntreLeadership Podcast was doing their "Must Read" segment early 2014. The premise is about doing what ever is needed to reach your goals. This hour long audiobook is entertaining, but is difficult at first as it is written with very "old-school" language. This took a minute to get over and eventually made the story very pleasant. The next/biggest problem I have with the story line is that it challenges the character's morality. Not to give away anything, bu I added this book when Chris Hogen on EntreLeadership Podcast was doing their "Must Read" segment early 2014. The premise is about doing what ever is needed to reach your goals. This hour long audiobook is entertaining, but is difficult at first as it is written with very "old-school" language. This took a minute to get over and eventually made the story very pleasant. The next/biggest problem I have with the story line is that it challenges the character's morality. Not to give away anything, but the character, if not stopped, would have made some immoral and illegal decisions to reach his goal, and the protagonist of the story would have been good with that. As much as I want to be a Go-Getter and have Go-Getters in my organization, immoral and illegal methods are not welcome. I enjoy Mr. Ramsey's podcast and I understand that he preaches Go-Getter mentality, and I agree that the intention of this book is purely good, I just worry that the message new leaders will take away is - do what is needed whether moral or immoral; whether legal or illegal. That major concern brought my rating from a 4-star to a 2-star.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Corey Kniesel

    I'm use to my mind wandering or falling asleep after 15-30min.....2hours later the book is done! The Story Kept me engaged and wanting to hear what was next. Bill Peck Values something that I feel has been watered down and lost its value over the years, His Word. One man at a time we can Build Strength into Our Word so the Phrase "My Word Is My Bond" and the Value it Brings can Mean something once more! Starting with Me! I Commit to Myself, I Give My WORD to Myself to Become a Go Getter For Mysel I'm use to my mind wandering or falling asleep after 15-30min.....2hours later the book is done! The Story Kept me engaged and wanting to hear what was next. Bill Peck Values something that I feel has been watered down and lost its value over the years, His Word. One man at a time we can Build Strength into Our Word so the Phrase "My Word Is My Bond" and the Value it Brings can Mean something once more! Starting with Me! I Commit to Myself, I Give My WORD to Myself to Become a Go Getter For Myself For The Next Generations. #Commit2Urself

  6. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Fernandes

    This is a wonderful short about the story of a go-getter. Peck a war veteran demonstrates the qualities of a go-getter. What you have here is a war veteran with an amputated leg and hand. Yet, with singular focus and determination he manages to get his job done. Many people might read this and think, this is just silly, but I believe it's a matter of perspective. You can read it and each person will learn something based on his own flaws.This book written in 1920 taught me a few things: - The mot This is a wonderful short about the story of a go-getter. Peck a war veteran demonstrates the qualities of a go-getter. What you have here is a war veteran with an amputated leg and hand. Yet, with singular focus and determination he manages to get his job done. Many people might read this and think, this is just silly, but I believe it's a matter of perspective. You can read it and each person will learn something based on his own flaws.This book written in 1920 taught me a few things: - The motto, "It shall be done, sir." -Discipline -Go above and beyond what is asked -Persistence - Never refuse -Take every opportunity -Never say "It can't be done."

  7. 5 out of 5

    Keith Flint

    Short book - can easily be read in one sitting - but powerfully inspirational. Get this book on your shelf and read it often!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Darren Sapp

    Nice novelette that will motivate those in sales or seeking achievement.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nicholas Maulucci

    One hour read or less. Every young person needs to read this.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    My workplace gave all employees a copy of The Go Getter and encouraged us to read the book and to come up with our own "Blue Vase." There was also apparently a short story by P.G. Wodehouse of the same name and so to avoid confusion I found a couple of places that referenced this book by Kyne as Winning the Blue Vase. Other versions add the (original?) subtitle "A Story that Tells You how to Be One." The book is a very short read (only about 70 pages) and our edition came with an afterword of ano My workplace gave all employees a copy of The Go Getter and encouraged us to read the book and to come up with our own "Blue Vase." There was also apparently a short story by P.G. Wodehouse of the same name and so to avoid confusion I found a couple of places that referenced this book by Kyne as Winning the Blue Vase. Other versions add the (original?) subtitle "A Story that Tells You how to Be One." The book is a very short read (only about 70 pages) and our edition came with an afterword of another ~15 pages of commentary. The story is a parable/fable like tale. It tells the story of war veteran William "Bill" Peck and his efforts to get a job at a Logging & Lumber Company. 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.) but the short of it is that Cappy is very intrigued by Peck and gives him a chance. 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." The test is a simple personal task that Cappy asks Peck to do, namely to go and purchase a blue vase from a shop window and bring it to Cappy. 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." Life should always consist of your best effort, your best talent, your best energy. 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." Even if he'd never done it before or if nobody had ever done it before, he always went into a task that he could and would finish the task and no matter the obstacles, he continued trying to find a way to complete the task even when others may have given up. 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. *** 3 out of 5 stars

  11. 4 out of 5

    GoldGato

    Written in the 1920s, 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 1920s, 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 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. Book Season = Year Round (sir, yes sir)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Billy

    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. The story is very similar to The Devil Wears Prada, which I found amusing. I'd recommend this to any person wanting to do better at a current job or get a new job. 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. The story is very similar to The Devil Wears Prada, which I found amusing. I'd recommend this to any person wanting to do better at a current job or get a new job.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Beau Raines

    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. he is put to a test . The story continues with his resolve to finish the task.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rob

    Are you a Go-Getter? This quick read lets you know what it means to be one.

  15. 4 out of 5

    JC

    This is a good story about the willingness to grab what you're dreaming of and the rewards that come. This is a good story about the willingness to grab what you're dreaming of and the rewards that come.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Diana Nagy

    One sentence review: Do not miss this book because it is going to change your life!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ashutosh

    A quick One hour read. A fictionalised way of narrating a story to why not to give up? Must read once and "It shall be done." Excerpts #1. Courage over experience What do you think of Andrews for that Shanghai job? "I think he'll do." Why do you think he'll do? "Because he ought to do. He's been with us long enough to have acquired sufficient knowledge and experience to enable him..." Has he acquired the COURAGE to tackle the job, Matt? He interrupted. That's more important than this doggoned experie A quick One hour read. A fictionalised way of narrating a story to why not to give up? Must read once and "It shall be done." Excerpts #1. Courage over experience What do you think of Andrews for that Shanghai job? "I think he'll do." Why do you think he'll do? "Because he ought to do. He's been with us long enough to have acquired sufficient knowledge and experience to enable him..." Has he acquired the COURAGE to tackle the job, Matt? He interrupted. That's more important than this doggoned experience you and Skinner prate so much about. #2. The commanding general's request is always tantamount to an order. #3. An organisation is what it's commanding officer is---neither better nor worse. #4. The first is to hear "YES" and the second rule is "Don't take that YES for granted. Every YES is an opportunity not a gift." #5. When a salesman conveys genuine excitement for a product---perhaps simply because he/she has found the hook that will get someone else interested in it---it's infectious. #6. Don't let yourself caught up in a charge to action without getting the relevant facts that can spell the difference between success and failure, especially when stakes are high. #7. Persistence doesn't meet anything if you don't exhaust 100% of the possibilities on your way to meeting a challenge. #8. At some point, you'll be faced with a situation in which no amount of history or belief will get you through: you'll be on your own. To do so, you will have to trust that those around you aren't acting vindictively, jealously, or judgementally; usually, in fact, they're just doing their jobs. If you prove that you deserved that trust, you'll most likely to have it the next time you ask for it. #9. It shall be done.

  18. 4 out of 5

    R C

    4 Stars! An impactful read which clearly showcases what is means to be a Go-Getter - The "It Shall Be Done" Attitude!" "In the army, the espirit de corps doesn't bubble up from the bottom. It filters down from the top." Story - The book brings to light the story of Mr. Peck, a WWI veteran, who has not only bravely faced the war (gaining a slight limp and amputation in the left forearm to the elbow, as a result) but also, leads life with a smile on his face despite the cruel circumstances. Witnessing 4 Stars! An impactful read which clearly showcases what is means to be a Go-Getter - The "It Shall Be Done" Attitude!" "In the army, the espirit de corps doesn't bubble up from the bottom. It filters down from the top." Story - The book brings to light the story of Mr. Peck, a WWI veteran, who has not only bravely faced the war (gaining a slight limp and amputation in the left forearm to the elbow, as a result) but also, leads life with a smile on his face despite the cruel circumstances. Witnessing him in this story, makes it abundantly clear that there is something which sets us, normal individuals, apart from the highly ambitious, passionate and determined people. This secret ingredient is the - "It shall be done" attitude. Once you adopt this approach, confidence, motivation and success will naturally become a part of your life. Review - This is a short story which can easily be read in one sitting; however, as correctly mentioned in the book's blurb, this is a story which will continue to help you throughout your life if you choose to understand and implement its message in your life. Personally, I found the book to be a delightful read. It shows the grit, determination and self-confidence of Mr. Peck through various comic as well as serious instances which encourages everyone to also become a lively, positive and resolute person in their lives. Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a quick dose of encouragement and motivation :) To view more reviews by me, please visit - https://bookreviewsbyrc.blogspot.com/

  19. 4 out of 5

    Frank

    Two and a half stars rounded up to three. I read this of-and-on after receiving it in our book club's Christmas book exchange. I finished it before our group's meeting in January. I had hoped to talk about it with person who gave the book to our exchange. SASHA - I have questions! While reading it, I thought it was set after WW II but it was first published in 1920 and the setting is post-WW I. I looked for but couldn't find the copyright date or publication date on my copy. FYI, there are SIX P Two and a half stars rounded up to three. I read this of-and-on after receiving it in our book club's Christmas book exchange. I finished it before our group's meeting in January. I had hoped to talk about it with person who gave the book to our exchange. SASHA - I have questions! While reading it, I thought it was set after WW II but it was first published in 1920 and the setting is post-WW I. I looked for but couldn't find the copyright date or publication date on my copy. FYI, there are SIX PAGES of various editions of this book on Goodreads. This was a quirky book and the best part IMO was the blue vase "quest/mission". It took a while to get into it but I think the book would lend itself to an interesting discussion. I've passed it on to another person in our group and curious to hear her opinion. FYI - there is a free Kindle version of this book, along with some other books by the author, including a few with Cappy Ricks in the title (Cappy is one of the main characters in The Go-Getter.) The Go-Getter A Story That Tells You How to be One Cappy Ricks Retires Cappy Ricks Or, the Subjugation of Matt Peasley

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa Smith

    One of the higher-ups at my current company---the senior VP of sales, of course---gave 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.' As this book is so short, I read it in one sitting and enjoyed it more than I thought I would. 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 company---the senior VP of sales, of course---gave 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.' As this book is so short, I read it in one sitting and enjoyed it more than I thought I would. 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 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 story---never 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. Mr. Ricks did not discipline the man for completing the task illegally---in 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. Going against your morals and/or the law should not be something you should have to do to prove your self-worth. 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

  21. 5 out of 5

    Wes Martin

    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 1920s, 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. 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 1920s, 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, 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!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Kowalk

    Brief, and to the point - I read it in one sitting. "Focus. Dedication. Consistency. Discipline. Hard work. Integrity. These are the characteristics of a winner. This is what it takes to truly be a go-getter." All of the above is distilled in one easy-to-digest story. I love small parables like this because they're memorable, concise, and they can be applied to the extent you're willing to apply them. Many people will ignore the wisdom shared because the story is plain, overly simplistic, or too co Brief, and to the point - I read it in one sitting. "Focus. Dedication. Consistency. Discipline. Hard work. Integrity. These are the characteristics of a winner. This is what it takes to truly be a go-getter." All of the above is distilled in one easy-to-digest story. I love small parables like this because they're memorable, concise, and they can be applied to the extent you're willing to apply them. Many people will ignore the wisdom shared because the story is plain, overly simplistic, or too contrived. They will miss the point entirely, and in doing so, will miss a golden opportunity to learn. Recommended!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Neelam Babul

    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. 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 within the pages of this book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    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. Nonetheless, while work/life balance is important, it's also important for me to work my tail off and say "It shall be done" to any task/project given to me. 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. Nonetheless, while work/life balance is important, it's also important for me to work my tail off and say "It shall be done" to any task/project given to me.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A short story trying to show how important is in life to fight for your goals, to be determined. How you can get over hardships and improve your life. A little exaggerated in my opinion in some cases, as no person would think to break into a shop to get an object. Not just because your boss asked you to buy it for him and the shop is closed. It is true that In the end he finds another way to get the object, but the only thing that stopped him for breaking in was the presence of a police office t A short story trying to show how important is in life to fight for your goals, to be determined. How you can get over hardships and improve your life. A little exaggerated in my opinion in some cases, as no person would think to break into a shop to get an object. Not just because your boss asked you to buy it for him and the shop is closed. It is true that In the end he finds another way to get the object, but the only thing that stopped him for breaking in was the presence of a police office that was standing near the store.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Leslie Lamb

    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. He does so well at his job that they give him the “blue vase.” It is a test to see if he will be persistent and break all the odds to do what he is asked. They want to know if he is manager material, or someone who will be up there and in charge..,

  27. 4 out of 5

    Orlane Monga

    Week 1 of 2019 #1 Book: Finished reading The Go-Getter by Peter B. Kyne ❤️❤️❤️My Favorite: « It Shall be Done » Motto 🥰🥰🥰Bill Speck’s character: I want to be a Bill Speck and That’s a goal i can intensionally set and work at as a I grow. 💰💰💰This book had me reassess my definition of commitment and had me come to a Jesus moment in those areas where I have 1 foot in and 1 foot out. 🤩🤩🤩This is definitely a book to read on a monthly basis. I highly recommend it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    A fairly quick 45 page read written in the twenties. The written old language is a bit to get used to but it eventually flows. For me, this book was about setting specific goals and being persistent in achieving it. No matter what obstacle gets in the way the character still overcomes it. A sheer test of strength and endurance. A good read worth coming back to in times of doubt.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    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. 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.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nikki Welch

    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.

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