The Go Giver

July 10, 2012

Once upon a time, I was a champion. All the clichés applied. I only trained twice – when I wanted to and when I didn’t.

I learned a perfect lesson for those of you building businesses. Celebrate those who make you successful or.. in business terms.. prosper those who prosper you.

Figure skating looks like an individual sport.  It is actually a team event. So is life. I always thanked my skating team, especially in the press. I couldn’t have won gold without them. (Thank you coach and choreographer Mary Lou Marchant and sports psychologist Dr. Mario Faveri.)

When you thank your supporters you do three things.

1. You blow apart the myth that achievement is a solo effort.

2. You honour the honourable. (Our world is moving so fast that gratitude has become road kill.)

3.  You enhance the profile and prosperity of good people.


Since writing this blog, Bob Burg and John David Mann, authors of The Go Giver have been in touch (see their comments below). It’s a great book title and an even better concept.  Clearly time for me check it out.

Dr. Mario Faveri, Sports Psychologist




6 Responses to “The Go Giver”

  1. John David Mann on July 10th, 2012 8:37 pm

    Dear Louise — My goodness, what a varied portfolio you have! I love what you wrote here … if the title of your post was a nod to Bob Burg’s and my little book, The Go-Giver, then I’m honored and tickled! (And hey, even if it wasn’t, I’m STILL honored and tickled. I’m highly ticklable.) You are so right. “Honour the honourable” — and there is so much of that about, that too many so often fail to notice. Warm regards,


  2. louisekarch on July 10th, 2012 9:58 pm

    John, thanks for your kind comments. I am glad you are an author and tickable – surely a sign of sharp mind and open heart. I best get your book! Warm regards right back at you!

  3. Bob Burg on July 11th, 2012 7:52 am

    Hi Louise, like John, I was highly impressed by you and what you wrote. Thank you for setting such a fantastic example for us all. Continued success! – Bob (P.S. and, cliché or not, training those “two times” – when you wanted to and when you didn’t – is one huge mark of a champion. Way to go!!)

  4. louisekarch on July 11th, 2012 9:53 am

    Thanks for your kind words Bob. Lovely to meet you virtually. I check out your book’s site. Congratulations on inspiring a movement that matters!

  5. Kimberly Beaven on July 11th, 2012 10:15 am

    Hi Louise

    Loved reading this wonderful post this morning. I think it is such a strong message that we become who we are because of all of the amazing people around us who support us, accept us and stir us onward. There are no human islands 🙂 Thank you to you for all you do.

  6. louisekarch on July 11th, 2012 10:17 am

    Thanks Kimberly right back at you. As Churchill said “We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give.”

If it is not your genius it is not your job.
Louise B. Karch