He is an excellent author and the content is right on point. This was a fast, but impactful book. It is a great read for anyone struggling in any area of life. People who embrace adversity are the ones that come out on top. So many more great quotable lines. I always use a highlighter when reading a Jon Gordon book.
Below is a perfect summary of this book taken from the description on Goodreads: But you can control how you respond and in turn this determines the outcome. Jul 15, Hitessh Panchal rated it really liked it. Jon Gordon is Aesop of this century! His fables , that teaches lessons of life are short and to the point. A goldfish lands in a sea no they don't survive in Sea water, but go along with the story , and is unable to find food until a shark notices it and decides to give him a lesson on survival.
Good, Short, Quick , Effective Read!!! A great book for those who want to live their own lives and be able to deal with the toughness of life. You can be a goldfish with the whole world is just a small tank, waiting for being fed or you can be a shark controlling your own life. May 21, Brian rated it really liked it Shelves: Has an amusing, entertaining and informative story line. Very nice little read concerning the need for action to achieve success with bullet points to pick out. Not necessarily NEW information, just an entertaining, quick read way of putting it.
Aug 27, Naomi rated it liked it. Another dime a dozen positive thoughts get you promoted and successful read with a story spin. I found myself more focused on how a fresh water fish was living in the ocean than the "lessons" of the book since I have read them in numerous other books.
The Shark and the Goldfish: Positive Ways to Thrive During Waves of Change
Sep 19, Doha Nassar rated it liked it. It is a short read but does not offer as much depth as his other books. Aug 20, Erin rated it it was ok. Jul 03, Kelly rated it really liked it. Excellent motivational book about overcoming adversity and planning for change. Mar 19, Jenni rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sep 16, Kara Mayfield rated it it was amazing.
This is a great little book! Super quick read to help you during the rough times. Aug 08, Laurie rated it liked it. Good advice but simplistic. Jun 03, Sydney Sears rated it really liked it. A shark or a goldfish? We can either be the predator or a victim. Will we wait for our food or go and find it ourselves. This book starts off with an introduction in which the author, Jon Gordon explains what inspired him to write this book.
He explains how he went through the same crisis as any other unfortunate working man during the bankruptcy in This sort of situation and book could also be considered a type of reflection and solution for Gordon. Unlike most shark stories, the shark does not play the role of the disastrous killer, but as the influential teacher that leads the goldfish to safety.
The Shark and the Goldfish
Even though goldfish cannot survive in salt water, in this fable the goldfish can but like any of us who are put into a new and unfamiliar environment we need some guidance. The goldfish is searching for food but the vast ocean could be overwhelming for a small creature. The shark decides to help the small fish. Not to find food for the fish but teach him how to find fish and get through the waves of change. An important lesson that I learned from this book from just the beginning was that you cant always control the trials and tribulations that come your way, but you can control the way you respond to them.
I would really recommend this book to everyone because it teaches great life lessons that can help anyone. It come from real life experiences and literally list rules on how to strive farther and how to thrive during waves of change. Oct 04, Mtbike40 rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Jon Gordon continues to deliver great guides to leading a life through unique stories that make his books a true pleasure to read.
I think that his work on the The Shark and the Goldfish is simply amazing.
Jon really condenses so many tested approaches to maintaining a positive attitude, event in difficult time, in such a short, quick read. I really appreciate that Jon addresses "Abundance Theory". All the politicians and news media try to drive just the opposite into our heads every day. Jon als Jon Gordon continues to deliver great guides to leading a life through unique stories that make his books a true pleasure to read.
Jon also addresses the fact that there is "No Substitute for Hard Work", which I think that so many people have forgotten prior to the financial crisis last fall. That is what really got us into this mess was people trying to take shortcuts to riches. My biggest take away from this book is to "Be Humble and Be Hungry. Feb 07, Colleen rated it really liked it.
Nothing you have not heard before, but refreshing to hear it in this format! Very quick read for a nice attitude adjustment! Apr 03, Lia S rated it liked it. This book is tiny and half pictures, so you can read it in half an hour. I read it to my 7th grade Girl Scouts and they definitely understood the message about taking ownership for one's own choices and destiny. A quick inspiring read. It's not clear the target audience, but I think it could work for most ages and interests. Oct 16, Poedust rated it liked it. The book is straightforward and very short.
Lacking a real plot; serves more as a reminder to keep moving and being positive for those of us who have read this type of book, yet as an incomplete introductory book for folks not familiar with the motivation and life-coaching subject. Overall it was ok and an easy read for teens or adults. Nov 17, Glenda rated it liked it. The book is filled with so much positivity which how life should be. It is a nice book to read especially when you're down and need some inspiration. You'll find it easy to survive and thrive once you learn and apply all the principles it teaches us.
Yet i think it is beyond my capacity to absorb all these positive vibes. Which is why I admire Jon Gordon: Jan 02, Bonnie added it.
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This book was a good reminder to me that I'm not here to just survive, but to thrive. If I want something, I have to work hard, all the time. Fear and uncertainty are staples of daily life in today's struggling economy. As bad as things can be, economic downturns also lead to new opportunities. It's easy to worry, give up and let fear paralyze you.
The Shark and the Goldfish: Positive Ways to Thrive During Waves of Change by Jon Gordon
However, you have more control than you think you do and how you handle adversity is your choice-and the only choice that matters. In fact, study history and you'll find that a lot of people and organizations made a name for themselves and grew their businesses during recessions and downturns. These successful people and organizations all shared similar characteristics and took similar actions to thrive while others merely tried to survive. You can do the same.
In The Shark and the Goldfish, Jon Gordon shares an inspiring fable about Gordy, a pampered goldfish who gets swept out to sea. Desperate for food, Gordy meets a kind shark who teaches him the ultimate lesson-Goldfish wait to be fed. Sharks go find food. Gordy also learns that the difference between a full and empty stomach is our faith, beliefs and actions. In the face of adversity and lean times, this is a business fable that reinforces a proven truth: You can't control the events in your life.
But you can control how you respond and in turn this determines the outcome. If you're facing tough economic times, The Shark and the Goldfish will motivate you, inspire you, and give you the confidence you need to thrive during changing times.
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