Not long ago, writer and minister Rev. Christine Green, who wrote a wonderful post about “Releasing Scarcity” on her blog “Empowered Thoughts,” wrote a brief review of The Go-Giver:
This is a great little book with a powerful message. A very clever way to talk about universal principles. I found it to be a great message for anyone on their spiritual journey. The authors not only give the principle but demonstrate how to put it into action. Great read!
Bob, Fiona and I all happened to find the blog and write comments thanking her. Rev. Christine wrote me this note:
I have recommended many books but never had the author actually write back to comment! Thank you for your kind words.
You will be thrilled to hear how I was given the book. After having coffee with one of the members of my women’s group, she said she had a gift for me. I walked to her car and she opened a box from Amazon filled with your books. Said it made such an impact she plans to give them to friends and clients. I plan to do the same. Thanks for taking the time to write.
I wrote back and told Rev. Christine that I would love to know who was this mystery woman with the Amazon box. She told me: it was a Portland realtor named Kate Eskew.
So I wrote to Kate and thanked her, and she wrote back:
What a treat to hear from you. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. And the story really begins with my business coach, Garrett Frey.
Garrett and his wife Sarah have a coaching business that they run together. They are on their way to great things. They sent The Go Giver to their clients for Christmas last year.
It incubated on my shelf for a couple of months and then I picked it up and devoured it one weekend. It was just the message I needed at the time. And I’ve turned the laws into affirmations that I read every day.
So (can you guess what’s coming next?) I wrote to Garret and Sarah Frey to thank them. Here is Garrett’s reply:
The book was originally given to me by my mentor and friend Larry Kendall. He is connected with Fort Collins Real Estate in Fort Collins, Colorado, and also the developer of “Ninja Selling.” He put the book into my hands about a year and a half ago, and I have been sharing it ever since.
I have given out over 90 copies of your book the The Go-Giver, and every time I give it out, they love it. Thanks for writing something that is changing the lives of the people around the world.
Can you see where this is going?
So I wrote to Larry Kendall, and thanked him for passing the book on, and here’s what we heard back a few days later:
The viral marketing of your book is truly amazing! I was given a copy by a friend and top producing realtor in Denver named Bruce Dunning. Bruce is also a Ninja-trained salesperson and teacher. Bruce was in the hospital with life-threatening heart surgery when someone gave him The Go-Giver. Bruce said the book changed his perspective and his life.
The first time I saw him after he got out of the hospital, Bruce gave me a copy of the book. I have since given away dozens of copies of the book and promote it in my classes. It is a classic.
Needless to say, we straightaway wrote to Bruce, to ask him the identity of this mysterious benefactor who first gave him the book. This time the answer came back within hours:
My oldest son, Robin Dunning, works at our local Barnes and Noble. He lets me know when new business books come in. I asked him if he had seen anything new come in, and he said yes, they just received a shipment.
I was looking for something to read while I was laid up in the hospital. I was being told I could be on the sidelines from work from two to four months. I knew that would drive me nuts unless I kept my mind busy. So I bought The Go-Giver and read it while I was in the hospital.
I want you to know that after I got home and wasn’t on drugs, I reread it, just to be sure of what I had read. I was back to work in ten days.
It really hit home. I had just started a small real estate company. I felt these were the eternal principles that all businesses are based on, so the Five Strategies became our guiding principles. I have given out about a dozen of these to friends and family.
Thanks again for awakening my heart of hearts.
So there you have it: from Robin Dunning to his dad Bruce, to Larry Kendall, to Garrett and Sarah Frey, to Kate Eskew, to Reverend Christine . . . to you.