Legal columnist and former trial lawyer Victoria Pynchon wrote a fascinating review of The Go-Giver that included some wonderful insights.
For example, the review starts right out by referring to the book as, “The Go-Giver: A Guide to a Life Lived Richly.” What a great way of holding the book’s message!
Victoria also makes a point or two with which I respectfully (and I mean that) disagree. See what you think:
”Unfortunately, as a guide to financial success, The Go-Giver is more fairy tale than instruction manual. All of the business icons Joe visits ascribe their riches to acts of authentic generosity. It is apparent from the context in which these stories arise, however, that the key here is neither virtue nor the inherent satisfaction to be found in giving.
“The key is choosing the right people to give to — those with wealth, monied connections or the power to create economic opportunities for others.
“If we are moved to visit shut-ins; bring recovery meetings to incarcerated felons; or make micro-loans to third-world entrepreneurs, this book is not for us. This is focused giving and the focus is on the ‘haves,’ not the ‘have nots.’”
To me, there is a flaw in this logic and its conclusion—but before I yammer on about it, I’d love to know what you think.
Is Victoria right about this? And if not, why not?