The Go-Getter (2nd ed.)

A Story That Tells You How To Be One

by Peter B. Kyne, Alan Axelrod

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  • 9780805065626
  • 9781429936965

The classic motivational parable (over 500,000 copies sold worldwide) that shows you how to make your own opportunities in life, updated for the modern reader by bestselling business author Alan Axelrod

Ever since its first printing by William Randolph Hearst in 1921, The Go-Getter has inspired employees and entrepreneurs to take initiative, increase their productivity, and excel against the odds. Now, more than half a million copies later, Alan Axelrod, bestselling author of Patton on Leadership and Elizabeth I, CEO, updates the tale to address today's most pressing work issues.

In The Go-Getter, Bill Peck, a war veteran, persuades Cappy Ricks, the influential founder of the Rick's Logging & Lumbering Company, to let him prove himself by selling skunk wood in odd lengths-a job that everyone knows can only lead to failure. When Peck goes on to beat his quota, Rick hands Peck the ultimate opportunity and the ultimate test: the quest for an elusive blue vase. Drawing on such classic values as honesty, determination, passion, and responsibility, Peck overcomes nearly insurmountable obstacles to find the vase and launch hia career as a successful manager.

In a time when jobs are tight and managers are too busy for mentoring, how can you maintain positive energy, take control of your career, and prepare yourself to ace the tests that come your way? By applying the timeless lessons in this compulsively readable parable, employees at all levels can learn to rekindle the go-getter in themselves.


  • Henry Holt and Co.; January 2003
  • ISBN: 9781429936965
  • Edition: 2
  • Read online, or download in secure ePub format
  • Title: The Go-Getter
  • Author: Peter B. Kyne; Alan Axelrod (ed.)
  • Imprint: Times Books
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780805065626
  • 9781429936965

In The Press

"Although Kyne's tale of business smarts has been around for some time, it doesn't feel dated. ... The 82-year-old story gets some slight spiffing up by business book writer Axelrod, and the afterword is especially helpful in pinpointing Kyne's main ideas." - Publishers Weekly

"The Go-Getter is a great book for motivating employees to take initiative and make decisions without constantly asking for management assent. ... What a revelation!" - Mark Hansen, The American Society of Safety Engineers

"Earle M. Jorgensen, who built one of the nation's largest steel distribution companies and helped persuade Ronald Reagan to go into politics ... kept stacks of a book called The Go-Getter: A Story That Tells You How to Be One [in his desk] and gave away signed copies to visitors." - The New York Times


About The Author

Peter B. Kyne (1880-1957) was a novelist, short story writer and businessman. He wrote about ranchers and loggers, businessmen and seamen, including the Cappy Ricks (1916) series and The Go-Getter (1922).