[quote style=”boxed”]Don’t wait until you feel a certain way to take action, take action and then you’ll feel a certain way – Bob Burg[/quote]review of the go-giver

Before i discovered personal development, I used to suffer from a massive lack of self-confidence and had a lot of insecurities. But it wasn’t until my Brother in law at the time gave me a book to read, which provided me the first glimpse of the ‘self help’ industry and how there are actual authors who write about it with a growing audience.

Since then, i’ve become fascinated with how a person can actually improve themselves with the use of tools, books and other means of information. Since that time, I have gone on to consume a range of material on the subject.

But there are rare occasions where I sometimes come across a book that really captures and inspires me. One that is so simple to grasp that it catapults you into taking action and to make radical changes in your life. One such book is called ‘The Go-Giver’

Having read the book a number of times, i’ve decided to write a review of the go-giver and to give my views on how the book influenced me and how it became relevant to building my self-confidence.

First Impressions

When you first lay eye’s on the book, you will be surprised at how short and simple it is to read. It took me a few hours to read through all of it. But don’t let it’s size and length fool you. While it’s simple to read, many of the concepts the book covers often require multiple reads in order to gain a better understanding of what the book tries to teach you.

The concepts are so easy and straight forward, that you are often left wondering how you failed to figure out the concepts intuitively as most of it is common sense, yet rarely applied on a day-to-day basis.

The book tells the story of Joe who’s a ‘go-getter’. A hard working fellow who tries his hardest to rise through the ranks in his company but reaches stumbling blocks along the way. Feeling worn out and frustrated, he eventually comes across key senior members of the company who each give him a timeless and powerful concept, which put together form the blueprint to success and prosperity in life and in business.

The authors of the book recently created a brilliant animation that briefly explains the book in it’s entirety.

Key Influences

When I first read through the book, i realised that while the book covered business concepts and principles. It was also something that could be applied to everything. And it was this understanding that empowered me the most since it manages to capture simple concepts in an engaging and concise way, which if followed allows anyone to live a happy and fulfilling life.

Having since read the book a number of times to this day, I decided to fire up my video camera and hit the record button. Being nerve wracking as it was to record myself giving my review on camera, it perhaps gave me a clear understanding as to why it’s so important to be authentic. It allowed me to put forward all of my flaws, insecurities and worries in front of a wide audience for all to see.

I explain how the book impacted my life and how the concepts related to self-confidence in a way, which allowed me to follow a simple road map in order to make rapid changes.

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The Interview

By this point, I really wanted to talk to the author ‘Bob Burg’ Bob Burgand to get his take on the book and whether my theories and influences from the book was actually correct.

A lot of topics were covered, from how important it is to give value to why being authentic allows others to trust and respect you.

It was a really interesting and educational interview, and one in which was a first for me personally since i never really interviewed anyone before. Fortunately, Bob was pleased how it all turned out and thanked me for the time I took in preparing it.

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The interview gave me new discoveries, which i wasn’t able to grasp having initially read it and ended up making notes:

  • All of us have fears. But the difference between someone who takes action and one who doesn’t is the person who acts despite their fears.
  • There’s really no such thing as a rejection, only a disapproval of an idea. So if someone rejects us, it’s not because of us but because of the idea.
  • Nice guy’s do not finish last because they’re nice, but because of how they behave that causes them to finish last in the first place.
  • In order to change your environment, you will have to change what’s going on inside you first.
  • Don’t wait to feel confident before trying something out. Do it first then you will feel more confident having done it.
  • Experience as many ‘no’s’ in your life as possible. Because it’s the ‘no’s’ that define how we get there. The ‘Yes’ is the destination.
  • The most important thing we can ever do as individuals is to actually care about others around us and to understand exactly what it is that makes them tick. Once you find out what they want, then you’ll be able to provide them with the value that they’re looking for.
  • Don’t expect rewards without first giving.


If you’re serious about building a fulfilling life for yourself in all areas, then i can’t recommend this book enough. It will give you insights and ideas, which will change your life as it did for me back when I read it for the first time a few years ago. More than anything, it will open up a new way of seeing the world and will go from being a consumer to a giver, which in my opinion is the very essence of what defines life in a nutshell.

You can purchase his book through amazon, which i’ve included a link to below.

For more information on Bob Burg and his Services. Please take a look at his website: www.burg.com

Resources In The Video

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  • [easyazon_link asin=”159184200X” locale=”US” new_window=”default” tag=”wwwsitecom-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” nofollow=”default” popups=”default”]The Go-Giver[/easyazon_link] – A timeless tale written by Bob Burg and John David Mann

Onder Hassan
Onder Hassan

Onder is the founder of Dawn of Change. He spends most of his time in the discovery of his own potential, building his self-confidence and using his experiences to share and teach others how to do the same.

    9 replies to "My Review Of The ‘Go-Giver’ With An Interview Of The Author ‘Bob Burg’"

    • Bob Burg

      Onder, thank you so much for your very, very kind review of John David Mann’s and my book, as well as taking time to have me on your show. Very honoured, my friend, and I appreciate all the effort you put into everything you do. Best wishes for great and continued success!

      • Onder Hassan

        Thanks Bob, You’re most welcome 🙂
        I really appreciate our interview. I’ll definitely keep in touch and let you know how i get on.
        Best wishes!

    • Matt Maresca

      Sounds like a good read, I’ll have to add this to me list. I really like this “Don’t wait to feel confident before trying something out. Do it first then you will feel more confident having done it.” Acting not because of confidence, but to build confidence. Great way to look at things.

      • Onder Hassan

        Thanks Matt. The theory is sound and can vouch for it 100%. When i look back at the things I achieved, it was all due to my perseverance despite feeling a lack of confidence in the activity from the start. No body has confidence from the start of something new and only builds once you become competent at it.

        I’m glad you liked the post.

    • Steve Bloom

      It sounds you like you got a lot of good takeaways from the interview. I haven’t read this book before, but now I’m intrigued. I like personal development books too so I should check this one out.

      I completely agree that you have to take the action first and gain the confidence later. If only life acted the other way around. But in my experience, it doesn’t work that way.

      • Onder Hassan

        It doesn’t unfortunately. If it did, we would literally be able to upload information into our heads like in the movie ‘The Matrix’ 🙂

        But having said that, even then it’s not the same. We can learn and acquire information in theory. But in practice, the key thing that truly cements anything we learn is actual real world experience and making neural connections with our brain.

        Some people call this ‘muscle memory’.

        In order for anything to truly be learned and understood, we need to experience the activity at first hand by actually doing it and making mental connections. It’s really the only way to learn.

    • […] Having read so few books on this very topic, I recently came across one having been recommended it by Bob Burg in a recent interview. […]

    • Dan Black

      I really love Bob’s books!!! He has great content. Loved the interview:)

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