Introducing a new series : Monthly Biz Book Chat!
But first a little backstory…
I have a deep love of reading.
It stems from my parents… but mostly my mom growing up. There was always a book in her hands when ever she actually sat down.
Our entire childhood was filled with reading, it was not uncommon to come to our house, and my two older brothers and I would be sprawled on the couches all reading our favorite novels.
I grew up in the 90s when you didn’t have access to watching whatever you wanted all the time on the tv. Books were a favorite escape of mine.
And they have continued to be an escape in my adult life as well.
As an entrepreneur, when I started my biz back in 2005, I had literally no clue AT ALL what I was doing. It was before information was a wildly available online, and I spent years in the trial and error phase of being a creative while trying to run a business.
And in my 15 years I have read a lot of books. Business books, marketing books, sales books, psychology books, branding books, how to books. All the books. And I still pepper in books for fun as well. I read a lot of fantasy books, as I love a good witch/warlock/dragon/magic storyline.
So last year, after doing a photoshoot for my new client Denise of Mama’s Business Academy, we ended up outside her house chatting by the car for like 45 minutes about all things business, strategy, and child rearing.
Because we are both entrepreneurs and both moms.
We can’t really seperate the two from each other.
We are also two avid book readers.
So Denise texted me a month ago and asked what I thought of doing a monthly biz book club video I jumped on the idea!
It would help keep us more accountable to the stack of books we wanted to read this year and be a really fun conversation
And so the Biz Book Chat was born.
Here is how it works.
Each month we both read the book we’ve agreed upon and then we hop on a Facebook Live together and talk through what our takeaways of the book were for business and personal.
Then we write a blog post about our takeaways as well…. which is where we are now!
The Go Giver by Bob Burg
Premise of the book
This is a business book written in a narrative form teaching about 5 laws of stratospheric success. The entire premise of the book is that you get ahead by keeping the mentality of giving first and not getting.
If you give freely and openly, then success will follow.
The book starts out with a businessman named Joe who has a chance meeting with a business mentor named Pindar. He gets out of his comfort zone and asks for a meeting with Pindar, and to his surprise, Pindar agrees.
In the first meeting Pindar shares the perspective that most people go through life backwards. Thinking that they just have to get the money/success first, and then they will become giving people.
The lessons that Pindar shares through this narrative is that when you start with the goal of giving first, success will follow.
Here are the laws shared in the book.
The 5 Laws of Stratospheric Success.
Law 1 – The Law of Value
True worth is determined by how much more you give in value than you take in payment
Law 2- The Law of Compensation
Your income is determined by how many people you serve and how well you serve them.
Law 3- The Law of Influence
Your influence is determined by how abundantly your place other’s interests first.
Law 4- The Law of Authenticity
The most valuable gift you have to offer is yourself
Law 5- The Law of Receptivity
The key to effective giving is to stay open to receiving.
My Business Takeaway.
I really really enjoyed this book and it’s goal of reframing success into how we can help others.
As a business it’s easy to get wrapped up into the whole business growth side of things and look past the entire point a business like mine.
SERVICE – BASED.
These principles really hit home, because the entire basis behind my business, and likely yours is to provide a service.
And it’s in that service that the transformation takes place for my clientele.
My brand comes down to how well I serve them, and how much of a transformation that takes place.
Leading with the value of giving first is something I’ve always worked towards, and now have a better road map to make sure I am providing this value.
The most interesting part part that I plan on keeping in mind is the last law. The Law of Receptivity.
It’s so easy to give give give, but if we are not open to receiving of anything, how can we expect to receive the boost in business that we would like to come from the premise of giving first.
My Personal Takeaways
I love business books that I can also implement in my personal life. And what I took away from The Go-Giver is how to teach the premise of giving fully and freely to my children so that they see how it works in their own lives.
My kids have the tendency to automatically say no to playing with each others toys. For no reason other than just to say no and have the control. It drives me batty.
Sharing the premise of The Go Giver and how if you give freely (especially when it doesn’t affect you at all) how it will pay it forward in the future when they want to play with their siblings stuff and their sibling also says yes.
It’s a little thing to start, but many would it make a difference in my life! lol
If you want to tune into the Monthly Biz Book Chat, click play below and listen in on our convo!
Next month we are discussing Building a Storybrand by Donald Miller
We go live on March 25th at 12pm PST.
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