The Fragility of Receptivity


“I believe that a person can reach a certain level of success without being particularly special. But to get really, really big, to reach the kind of stratospheric success we’re talking about, people need to have something on the inside, something that’s genuine.”~ From “The Go-Giver,” Expanded Edition by Bob Burg & John David Mann

I first met Bob Burg two years ago on social media and he was one of the first people to guest post on my blog. I was thrilled to learn that The Go-Giver has be re-released in an expanded version. Bob exemplifies what a Go-Giver is and he has returned with another guest blog post.

In John David Mann’s and my book, The Go-Giver we discuss the fifth and final law, that of Receptivity and how challenging it can be for so many.

In one sense, the abundance of lack messages permeating our daily lives can create a focus on what is missing rather than on all the natural prosperity surrounding us.

Then, there are worthiness issues that rear their ugly heads from time-to-time. “Am I deserving enough to receive?”

Adding to the above receptivity challenges is that they both typically work on an unconscious level where the person is not even aware that the issues exist!

There’s another aspect to receptivity though that can also stand in the way. While it’s on more of a conscious level, it also means we knowingly have to face some possible fears.

Receptivity can be a fragile thing, because to be receptive, you must leave yourself open. Keeping yourself genuinely open to a yes also means you expose yourself to a possible no.

Having the courage to embrace an unexpected path also means embracing the risk that this path may lead nowhere — or nowhere good.

Perhaps this is the most challenging thing about being receptive: it means allowing yourself to be vulnerable.

The key is to embrace that vulnerability and, rather than letting potentially uncomfortable experiences diminish your joy and sense of fulfillment, let them deepen your ability to receive the abundance you desire…and that you deserve.

The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea by Bob Burg and John David Mann is now available in an expanded edition. It includes a Discussion Guide, Author Q & A and a Foreword by Arianna Huffington. You can receive Chapter One by visiting or purchase your copy on Amazon.


  1. bobburg – Jupiter, FL – Bob speaks for corporations and organizations internationally, including fortune 500 companies, franchises, and numerous direct sales organizations. He is coauthor of the International Bestseller, "The Go-Giver," as well as "Go-Givers Sell More," "The Go-Giver Leader," "The Go-Giver Influencer,' and author of the sales classic, "Endless Referrals" and "Adversaries into Allies." "The Go-Giver" has been published in over 30 languages and has sold over a million copies. Join Bob in The Go-Giver Community Network by visiting
    bobburg says:

    Merci beaucoup, Chantal!! Greatly honoured to have my post included in your blog!!

    1. Chantal Bechervaise – Outaouais Region - Canada – I blog about everything surrounding the world of work and how it intersects with personal life. Topics include: HR, Leadership, Social Media, Technology, Work-Life Balance, Employee Engagement, Workplace Culture and Achieving Success and Happiness. It is all about your own personal balance and what is appropriate for you. I also love the outdoors and reconnecting with nature.
      Chantal Bechervaise says:

      The honour is mine Bob! 🙂 Thanks for another great guest post and for connecting on social!

  2. Hi Chantal,

    Bob is such a brilliant guy because he’s heartfelt, honest and generous. He cares. He really cares. So I am uber receptive to his message because he cares so much about people who connects with. Awesome post, awesome message.


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