“Gratitude is the single best way to connect with God.”
Bob Burg is a highly sought after speaker at corporate, financial services, and direct sales conventions. Combining humor and entertainment with easily applied, proven systems for personal marketing, audiences come away ready to immediately profit from Bob’s instruction. Relating the principles contained in his bestselling books, Bob has addressed audiences ranging from fifty to 16,000 people, sharing the platform with notables including top thought leaders, broadcast personalities, athletes, and even a former U.S. President. His critically acclaimed book, Endless Referrals: Network Your Everyday Contacts Into Sales, has sold over 175,000 copies and is used as a training manual for top sales organizations throughout the world. His latest national bestseller, The Go-Giver, coauthored with John David Mann, has been heralded as a new business classic, selling over 100,000 copies in just its first year. Bob is an advocate for the free enterprise system and seeks to empower individuals and organizations to thrive and grow by putting its principles to work. He puts his go-giver abilities to use for charities, being a former Palm Beach County/Brooks Brothers Leukemia Society Man of the Year for his fundraising efforts and a former Board Member of Safe Harbor, the Humane Society of Jupiter, Florida.
Q. What changes are you noticing about your life and the world?
A. I look at what tyrannical governments do to people and I take it personally. With all our knowledge, wisdom, and technology, most people still live under the rule of thugs. This situation wouldn’t bother me so much if I could see from a higher consciousness and remain aware but detached. I try, but I’m not there yet. I’m like John Denver’s character in the movie, Oh, God! in which God, played by George Burns, tells him something like, “Trust me. In the end, you’ll see.” I gain solace believing that someday the reason for everything will be revealed. I’d like to know it while I’m here on Earth but I don’t see that happening.
Q. Who are your mentors? What have you learned from them?
A. My main mentors are my parents, who taught me how to live life by way of their love and wonderful example. I recently gave a talk in Rhode Island that my cousin and her husband attended. Afterwards, she came up to me and exclaimed, “Bob, it’s unbelievable. Hearing you speak is just like listening to Uncle Sumner (my dad).” That’s the nicest compliment I could ever receive. I often feel as though I’m taking my dad’s message and sharing it with a wider audience through books such as The Go-Giver. For example, it’s interesting that many people believe you can either be nice or finish first. However, the vast majority of successful people have enormous integrity, which contributed to their achievements. My dad is one such example. My mission is to teach people that the more they give through adding value to others, the more they will prosper. I have had other mentors who come at just the right time to help me in specific areas. As the Talmud says, “Who is wise? One who learns from all people.”
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