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An illustrated business fable that gives you the faith, courage and confidence to win in today's tough economic climate Fear and uncertainty are staples of daily life in today's struggling economy. As bad as things can be, economic downturns also lead to new opportunities. It's easy to worry, give up and let fear paralyze you. However, you have more control than you think An illustrated business fable that gives you the faith, courage and confidence to win in today's tough economic climate Fear and uncertainty are staples of daily life in today's struggling economy. As bad as things can be, economic downturns also lead to new opportunities. It's easy to worry, give up and let fear paralyze you. However, you have more control than you think you do and how you handle adversity is your choice-and the only choice that matters. In fact, study history and you'll find that a lot of people and organizations made a name for themselves and grew their businesses during recessions and downturns. These successful people and organizations all shared similar characteristics and took similar actions to thrive while others merely tried to survive. You can do the same. In The Shark and the Goldfish, Jon Gordon shares an inspiring fable about Gordy, a pampered goldfish who gets swept out to sea. Desperate for food, Gordy meets a kind shark who teaches him the ultimate lesson-Goldfish wait to be fed. Sharks go find food. Gordy also learns that the difference between a full and empty stomach is our faith, beliefs and actions. In the face of adversity and lean times, this is a business fable that reinforces a proven truth: You can't control the events in your life. But you can control how you respond and in turn this determines the outcome. A business fable that teaches valuable lessons on the importance of working hard, maintaining a locus of control and focusing on positive choices instead of negative voices, Written by Jon Gordon, bestselling author of The Energy Bus and The No Complaining Rule Reveals how change is inevitable-but that you can make it your friend or foe. Provides an action plan filled with tips and strategies to thrive during change and adversity If you're facing tough economic times, The Shark and the Goldfish will motivate you, inspire you, and give you the confidence you need to thrive during changing times.


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An illustrated business fable that gives you the faith, courage and confidence to win in today's tough economic climate Fear and uncertainty are staples of daily life in today's struggling economy. As bad as things can be, economic downturns also lead to new opportunities. It's easy to worry, give up and let fear paralyze you. However, you have more control than you think An illustrated business fable that gives you the faith, courage and confidence to win in today's tough economic climate Fear and uncertainty are staples of daily life in today's struggling economy. As bad as things can be, economic downturns also lead to new opportunities. It's easy to worry, give up and let fear paralyze you. However, you have more control than you think you do and how you handle adversity is your choice-and the only choice that matters. In fact, study history and you'll find that a lot of people and organizations made a name for themselves and grew their businesses during recessions and downturns. These successful people and organizations all shared similar characteristics and took similar actions to thrive while others merely tried to survive. You can do the same. In The Shark and the Goldfish, Jon Gordon shares an inspiring fable about Gordy, a pampered goldfish who gets swept out to sea. Desperate for food, Gordy meets a kind shark who teaches him the ultimate lesson-Goldfish wait to be fed. Sharks go find food. Gordy also learns that the difference between a full and empty stomach is our faith, beliefs and actions. In the face of adversity and lean times, this is a business fable that reinforces a proven truth: You can't control the events in your life. But you can control how you respond and in turn this determines the outcome. A business fable that teaches valuable lessons on the importance of working hard, maintaining a locus of control and focusing on positive choices instead of negative voices, Written by Jon Gordon, bestselling author of The Energy Bus and The No Complaining Rule Reveals how change is inevitable-but that you can make it your friend or foe. Provides an action plan filled with tips and strategies to thrive during change and adversity If you're facing tough economic times, The Shark and the Goldfish will motivate you, inspire you, and give you the confidence you need to thrive during changing times.

30 review for The Shark and the Goldfish: Positive Ways to Thrive During Waves of Change

  1. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    I think this is the first time I have given 1 star (and I love books about positive thinking!). This book would really be better in poster form. The illustrations that cover 50% of the book are a tad lame, shall I say? One nice colorful poster sized image of the goldfish and shark accompanied by a one-sentence summary of the story (which is simply repeated over and over as if trying to teach an infant in the book) would be completely sufficient. "Be a shark and go after your own food; don't wait I think this is the first time I have given 1 star (and I love books about positive thinking!). This book would really be better in poster form. The illustrations that cover 50% of the book are a tad lame, shall I say? One nice colorful poster sized image of the goldfish and shark accompanied by a one-sentence summary of the story (which is simply repeated over and over as if trying to teach an infant in the book) would be completely sufficient. "Be a shark and go after your own food; don't wait around like a goldfish for somebody to feed you."-- You just read the book/poster. Congratulations!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    Another AMAZING Jon Gordon book. He is an excellent author and the content is right on point. This was a fast, but impactful book. It is a great read for anyone struggling in any area of life. People who embrace adversity are the ones that come out on top. So many more great quotable lines. I always use a highlighter when reading a Jon Gordon book. Below is a perfect summary of this book (taken from the description on Goodreads): "You can't control the events in your life. But you can control how Another AMAZING Jon Gordon book. He is an excellent author and the content is right on point. This was a fast, but impactful book. It is a great read for anyone struggling in any area of life. People who embrace adversity are the ones that come out on top. So many more great quotable lines. I always use a highlighter when reading a Jon Gordon book. Below is a perfect summary of this book (taken from the description on Goodreads): "You can't control the events in your life. But you can control how you respond and in turn this determines the outcome." Now read the book to find out how to shift your paradigm to come out on top.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Brett

    A shark or a gold fish, which one are you? Jon Gordon uses this story (or rather illustration) to teach every day we have the choice whether or not we will thrive or barely survive and this choice is determined by our attitude. Through some unfortunate circumstances, the gold fish is forced to make this choice. With help of his new friend, the shark, the gold fish learns 4 steps to Thrive that change his life to which he pays it forward by teaching others. Another great yet simple book by Jon Go A shark or a gold fish, which one are you? Jon Gordon uses this story (or rather illustration) to teach every day we have the choice whether or not we will thrive or barely survive and this choice is determined by our attitude. Through some unfortunate circumstances, the gold fish is forced to make this choice. With help of his new friend, the shark, the gold fish learns 4 steps to Thrive that change his life to which he pays it forward by teaching others. Another great yet simple book by Jon Gordon. If you do no like positive thinking or being challenged to make wise choices - this book may not be for you. Light, easy reading - nothing deep yet it is encouraging.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Sellers

    Great book to listen to on morning walk/run *you can choose how to respond to everything *Faith and fear are similar because they are beliefs of the future that hasn’t happened. Fear is negative, faith is positive *be proactive in the face of adversity, focus one he opportunity not the challenge *we live in abundance not scarcity *ride the wave of change *you have more control than you think *you are not a victim *your belief must be greater than the chorus of negativity *postivie fish fine more foo Great book to listen to on morning walk/run *you can choose how to respond to everything *Faith and fear are similar because they are beliefs of the future that hasn’t happened. Fear is negative, faith is positive *be proactive in the face of adversity, focus one he opportunity not the challenge *we live in abundance not scarcity *ride the wave of change *you have more control than you think *you are not a victim *your belief must be greater than the chorus of negativity *postivie fish fine more food *trust in the ocean of abundance and expect success *work hard *be humble and hungry

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dave

    As with "Outlearning the Wolves" the simple fables provide such a powerful message! Gordy the goldfish is thrust in the ocean after living a comfortable life in the fishbowl. He meets a shark who helps him not only acquire food but also lessons on how to survive change. Sure its not some elaborate, chart filled, Ivy league researched book detailing 15 steps to survive change. Its about a goldfish and a shark..and I loved it! This will be my go to gift book for everyone! As with "Outlearning the Wolves" the simple fables provide such a powerful message! Gordy the goldfish is thrust in the ocean after living a comfortable life in the fishbowl. He meets a shark who helps him not only acquire food but also lessons on how to survive change. Sure its not some elaborate, chart filled, Ivy league researched book detailing 15 steps to survive change. Its about a goldfish and a shark..and I loved it! This will be my go to gift book for everyone!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Julianna Zellers

    Snow day today so decided to read this to kick of my jobs fiscal new year. What a great quick easy read. “ The Shark and the Goldfish “ was a perfect inspiration about thriving in a changing environment. John Gordon provides a super cute dose of positivity to start the new year. I encourage all of us to be sharks 🦈 this year, humble and hungry. #thesharkandthegoldfish #jongordon #julesbookshelf #humbleandhungry #goodreads

  7. 5 out of 5

    Hitessh Panchal

    Jon Gordon is Aesop of this century ! His fables , that teaches lessons of life are short and to the point. A goldfish lands in a sea ( no they don't survive in Sea water, but go along with the story ), and is unable to find food until a shark notices it and decides to give him a lesson on survival. Good, Short, Quick , Effective Read !!! Jon Gordon is Aesop of this century ! His fables , that teaches lessons of life are short and to the point. A goldfish lands in a sea ( no they don't survive in Sea water, but go along with the story ), and is unable to find food until a shark notices it and decides to give him a lesson on survival. Good, Short, Quick , Effective Read !!!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    I read this to my middle school leadership class. I know the older ones (8th graders) got something out of it. I didn't get anything out of it personally. All the messages, at least for me, are one hundred percent common sense and stuff I've been doing my whole life. Still, I think it's a good read for young adults, maybe college and high school kids. I read this to my middle school leadership class. I know the older ones (8th graders) got something out of it. I didn't get anything out of it personally. All the messages, at least for me, are one hundred percent common sense and stuff I've been doing my whole life. Still, I think it's a good read for young adults, maybe college and high school kids.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra Farrington

    Great ideas and points but it could’ve been left as a picture book with just the graphics and gotten the points across way more effectively. I understand the format of telling it in story form it did make it more fun to READ but having the main points in graphics throughout honestly defeated the purpose... this probably would’ve been better off as an inspirational poster or viral FB live.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Valentina Uzelac

    I really liked this book because it took a really good lesson for everyone to learn and turned into a very basic concept that ended up working with it perfectly. This story would be great to read to kids and sports teams because the message in it is very powerful. It is a quick read but the message will leave a lasting impression on anyone who reads it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Susan Rex

    I picked this book due to the fact that personally and professionally I, among others, are facing a great amount of change. As a team leader in education, I want to be able to help lead my fellow colleagues into the unknown in a positive way. This book gives great talking points to use with a team. I will be sharing this with as many of my team members as possible.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    Has an amusing, entertaining and informative story line. A good read for adults AND children 8+. Very nice little read concerning the need for action to achieve success with bullet points to pick out. Not necessarily NEW information, just an entertaining, quick read way of putting it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Trương Nhật

    A great book for those who want to live their own lives and be able to deal with the toughness of life. You can be a goldfish with the whole world is just a small tank, waiting for being fed or you can be a shark controlling your own life.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Maybe this should have been written as a children’s book???? Not to be an energy vampire, but this really seems like it was a book written simply to help pay off the summer home in Martha’s Vineyard. Borrowed from KK

  15. 5 out of 5

    Naomi

    Another dime a dozen positive thoughts get you promoted and successful read with a story spin. I found myself more focused on how a fresh water fish was living in the ocean than the "lessons" of the book since I have read them in numerous other books. Another dime a dozen positive thoughts get you promoted and successful read with a story spin. I found myself more focused on how a fresh water fish was living in the ocean than the "lessons" of the book since I have read them in numerous other books.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Doha Nassar

    I love Jon Gordon’s books, but this one was not as good as his other works. It is a short read but does not offer as much depth as his other books. Might be good for Middle/high school students to read though!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Benjyklostermann

    I think I’ve read one too many Gordon books now. This was particularly bland and full of filler. Even at that only made like 70 pages, in a short sized book. Truly remedial in presentation of content.

  18. 5 out of 5

    J Crossley

    Gordy the Goldfish ends up in the ocean and is starving. Sammy the Shark decides to be his guide through an ocean of adversity and challenge. Sammy teaches Gordy how to thrive in adversity by providing pithy motivational sayings.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Carol Dublin

    This is one of the most important books I've read, especially during this COVID-19 pandemic! What a great invitation to change your thinking so that you thrive during change instead of hiding under a rock. The simple story really drives the points home. Easy to share too! This is one of the most important books I've read, especially during this COVID-19 pandemic! What a great invitation to change your thinking so that you thrive during change instead of hiding under a rock. The simple story really drives the points home. Easy to share too!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nimah

    The message is good but I’m not sure about the utility of the book in getting that message across to readers. Overall it’s a decent fable that is applicable to many struggles not just financial. But I think it’s one of those lessons people have to learn themselves in life; not by reading this book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Brett Rachel

    Timeless The Shark and the Goldfish was short, sweet, and to the point. It is timeless because it encouraged me during my job loss and desire to build a consulting business during the coronavirus pandemic. It's time to find my food (my daily manna)/ Timeless The Shark and the Goldfish was short, sweet, and to the point. It is timeless because it encouraged me during my job loss and desire to build a consulting business during the coronavirus pandemic. It's time to find my food (my daily manna)/

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shelly

    A wonderful read. I love positive affirmations. This little book is jam packed with with positive vibes. I’m headed out now to print off all the positive quotes to post on my school walls. My kids need these everyday!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Middy Fiddy

    Great little life story message book. I do believe this book is intended for teens/young adults as they are coming into their own path in this great big world (ocean). That’s the audience I would recommend it for. It was however a reminder as an adult and a super quick short read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Excellent motivational book about overcoming adversity and planning for change.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Laurie

    Good advice but simplistic. I expected more.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kara Mayfield

    This is a great little book! Super quick read to help you during the rough times.

  27. 4 out of 5

    alyssa sieber

    The shark and the goldfish Quick, easy read. Simply put but very true. Some funny witty lines and play on words i enjoyed. Jon Gordon never disappoints.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ricky

    Another quick read with a predictable ending.

  29. 4 out of 5

    FAB

    Nice. Polite. Like a honey cookie. Live by it and I’m sure it helps your business.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dave Wright

    Great fable when getting ready for change.

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