The Go-Getter, A Story That Tells You How to be One, by Peter B. Kyne
When I was first given a copy of this book, I read it from cover to cover in one sitting. It is easy to read and entertaining, but also paints a lasting picture in the mind about the character of a Go-Getter.
Most of us have some sort of intuitive idea of what a Go-Getter is like, but it is a difficult quality to describe. When I came across this story, first published in 1921, I felt that it succeeded perfectly in describing the way that a Go-Getter acts.
When Napoleon Hill was studying hundreds of successful people, and analysing the characteristics that they had in common, he found that they all had, among other things, the ability to make decisions and then act on them, and they also had mentors that they could go to for advice or to compare themselves with.
Many people do not understand two important facts about mentors. A mentor does not have to be personally known to you, and does not have to be alive, or even a real person. That may sound a little far fetched, but let me explain.
Ted Turner built a media communications empire and in the process made himself a billionaire. He is both admired and despised, but whatever we think of him, no-one can deny that he is a Go-Getter. When Ted Turner was studying at university his father, a practical and successful businessman, was frustrated that Ted chose to study Greek classics. He could not see how that study would help Ted become successful in his life. What his father did not understand, was that Ted was studying the legendary heros of Greek mythology - the characters that siezed opportunities, turned defeats into victories, and overcame great obstacles. These characters became some of Ted's mentors, and by studying them, Ted conditioned his mind to get the same sort of results in his life.
When you have read this short story, you will have Bill Peck as one of your mentors. When you are faced with obstacles in your life, and you wonder how a Go-Getter would handle them, you will know enough about the character of Bill Peck, to understand how he would have reacted. Then you understand how a Go-Getter would react, and you are able to choose to act that way yourself.
This version of the book is almost identical to the original publication, but I have made a few changes to modernise the language in places where the original words are no longer in common English usage.
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