Give and Take is a nonfiction business psychology book authored by organizational psychologist and author Adam Grant. This book is a revolutionary approach to success and why helping others achieves it. It tells us that gives, and not takers or matchers, are the ones who win big in life. It was nominated for the Goodreads Choice Awards Best Nonfiction. Adam is a sought-after speaker and a renowned motivator. Check out his book Thing Again. You might also enjoy Originals.
This book is narrated by Adam Sims. He delivered the message with clearness and conciseness. He doesn’t speak at a fast pace so it is easy to keep up with him.
The world is divided into three types of people: givers, takers, and matchers. Givers are the ones who mentor others and donate. They help others at a personal cost. Takers are those who live by dog eat dog. They don’t hesitate a second before screwing up the other person. Then there are the matchers, who equally give and take.
The world is filled with takers who have ruined lives and reputations in their quest for success. It is the givers who stand to gain big. Since the majority of people out there aren’t natural-born givers, Grant presents ideas and examples of how givers can win big. He also offers some hidden strategies for winning.
Even though it is a great message and a lot of research has been done on the topic, we can’t ignore that the author is coming from a position of privilege. Even though the message is quite universal, not everyone out there is willing to help because they are waiting for a helping hand in life.
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