Since I got a lot of the big stuff out of the way in 2018, I have decided to focus on smaller, day-to-day changes in 2019. One of these changes is gaining some additional control and understanding of my finances, as well as the business world as a whole. This is not to say that I’m a total idiot with no sense of control already, but I do have some considerable room for improvement. To get my motivation rolling, I decided to read a few financially-inspiring books. The first one I read is called The Go Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea by Bob Burg and John David Mann. This book presents what the authors have termed to be, “The Five Laws of Stratospheric Success,” which are: Value, Compensation, Influence, Authenticity, and Receptivity.
Overall, these laws stress that in order to receive, you have to be willing to GIVE. “Your true worth is determined by how much more you give in value than you take in payment” (26). If you want to be truly successful, you must be willing to take risks. Will all of your risks pay off? Absolutely not, but that in itself is a risk we all need to be willing to take.
While this book is classified as nonfiction, it is written in a narrative style with characters and a plot, which makes it a lot easier to read and follow. It’s a little cheesy, but in a good way. What I loved most about this book is that the business principles presented can be applied to other aspects of your life (something the authors do mention at some point). I found this book particularly useful when leading discussions at church regarding charitable service and time management.
As always, I don’t want to give too much away about this book. I give it my highest recommendation and hope you’ll give it a go. I found it to be a quick, breezy read. If you’re looking to dip your toes in the entrepreneurship pool, this book is a fantastic place to start. All the ideas in it are presented in relatable, accessible, user-friendly ways. This isn’t just some other dry, boring business book. I guarantee you will walk away feeling both entertained AND inspired.
Happy Reading! -Lena
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