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What Goes Around Comes Around

A Guide to How Life REALLY Works

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What Goes Around Kirkus Review

What Goes Around Kirkus Review

Sheryl Woodhouse
Founder, Livelihood Matters

I’ve read a number of books that focus on sharing a similar message, including “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne, “The Answer” by John Assaraf & Murray Smith, “The Celestine Prophecy” by James Redfield, “Think and Grow Rich,” by Napoleon Hill, and I must say that I find Rob’s to be my favorite. It’s not new age gimmicky or focused on material gains.

It’s about taking personal responsibility for who you are and the decisions we all continuously make. I found it to be more sincere and personal, and better at explaining the important concepts it takes on, in a compelling and convincing way.

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Written by Rob Davis, “What Goes Around Comes Around” is a non-fiction, self-help book about “How Life REALLY Works.” Davis bases his discussion on “The Law of Cause and Effect,” the main principle being that our words, thoughts, and actions have consequences. According to Davis, while it is quite easy for us to see this law in action in the lives of other people, it is quite the opposite and extremely difficult to observe, admit to and adjust for in our own lives. As such, the purpose of this book is to guide readers to reflect on the “why” and the “how” to improve our own results.

My favorite aspect of the book was the method Davis used to impart his wisdom about life. Namely, vignettes about the lives of people he has known, to demonstrate how words, thoughts, and actions have real consequences, either good or bad depending! Notably, Davis also included several of his own life lessons. 

His writing style is straightforward, empathic and not preachy at all. The reader feels like the author is a friend giving great advice with everyday examples. The following are a couple of my favorite stories: 

  • Peter, a Managing Director at a Wall Street investment banking firm, consistently treated co-workers he considered inferior, poorly. He was particularly demeaning to his secretary, but one day she got her revenge. She presented her letter of resignation moments before Peter had a crucial meeting in which he was scheduled to give a presentation to important clients of the firm. She also, “forgot” to pull together the presentation he had demanded and unfortunately had to run for a final job interview. Peter’s story was a good object lesson about the consequences of treating others poorly.
  • My absolutely favorite vignette was the story about Clayton, an older man he worked with and admired. Davis witnessed Clayton’s impressive athletic skills and conditioning during their company’s inter-departmental soccer matches. Davis, then in his thirties and struggling to stay in shape, wondered how Clayton could maintain such good conditioning despite his age, successful and demanding career, and active family life. One day he learned from Clayton’s secretary that his secret was including time to exercise in his daily calendar, because he believed that to maintain a balanced life required a strong body. Clayton’s story illustrates the significance of having a physical, emotional, and spiritual balance in life. 

Bottom line, the author does a great job teaching readers about the consequences of our words, thoughts, and actions. I agree when he says, “at the end of the day, we make the decisions, we speak the words, we take the actions that plant the seeds in our own individual gardens of life.”

The ideas of this book are similar to those found in “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne & “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Corvey. I would recommend it to readers who enjoy motivational books such as these.

Russell Stuart

Rob, I have to tell you that I am really enjoying the book. I love the way you articulate these simple ideas and later in the day and evening I find myself thinking deeply about the precepts and the stories in the most complex way . 
It has caused me to consider people, experiences and events I haven’t thought about for a long time – could I have handled that better? Very thought provoking. Thank you.

Cheryl Woodruff – The Ballantine Publishing Group 

“What Goes  Around Comes Around” is impressive in its straightforward, no-nonsense response to some of the most troubling questions of our time. In light of the increasingly frequent revelations of moral lapses, failures and indiscretions of public figures, Davis offers a simple answer — “what goes around comes around!” What makes his book intriguing is that it does require readers to examine their own lives in the stark light of “cause and effect.”
Throughout my reading of the book I was most intrigued by the delightful looks at real people’s lives that Davis employs. The book’s strength is the way the stories and principles alternate.

Acquisitions Editor of major publishing company

There are a lot of great personal anecdotes and words of wisdom, thoughts and poems, stories about Rob’s encounters with other individuals, motivational and inspirational prompts and vignettes, definition of terms and concepts, and strong, positive affirmations.

This is a self-help book created from Rob’s experiences and insights. It is intriguing and a reader would be led to self-reflect and learn a lot with what is offered in these pages.

I would say that the book potentially carries Rob’s legacy to influence people and generally improve their well-being of life.

JP Muir

I thoroughly enjoyed reading the stories but also found myself dwelling deeply on certain passages, rereading some many times. 
What I found most thought-provoking were the stories about Ben and Edwin Rabe. Certain words came to mind including congruency, harmony and grace. Ben was  a special man that we can use as a model for ourselves. Edwin lived the life that was pure and good, but fell off the path, as we all can do. He then became pure and good again. These stories stirred much thought in me.
I was completely engaged in your discussion of ”The Natural Laws,” regarding how life really is and works. It reminded me of a quote from Einstein, “The most comprehensible thing about life and the world is that it is comprehensible!”
I was also impressed by the format you used. This subject here is a simple, basic idea that its found in all religions, philosophies and inner-voices, but people have so many excuses not to live up to their fullest potential and may block it out. I found your format of story-telling particularly well-crafted in helping people recognize and understand the benefits of taking action.
Nice job!

Wonderful Insight into an Old Adage.”

This book is an easy-to-understand look at the time-honored phrase: “what goes around comes around.” Using personal stories gleaned from family, colleagues, and acquaintances, Rob Davis shows us that what we say, think and do (causes) can lead to interesting outcomes (effects).

“Transformative Resource”

Amazon Review 5 Star

A wonderful collection of vignettes that can help anyone transform their life. Davis reveals patterns that are simple but powerful forces in our lives, and readers are reminded of best practices that will produce positive results in any situation.

“Wish I knew this in my younger years…although I’m 30”

Amazon Review 5 Star

I’ve seen Mr. Davis capture an audience’s attention in the capacity of a live show, but never in the dimension of a book. Well, the day has come! “What Goes Around Comes Around: A Guide to How Life REALLY Works” is captivating, hilarious and sounds just like Rob. Not only are the life lessons of this book applicable to the business people of the world, but it is applicable to everyone of all ages. It’s quite hard to master something like that. Whether you are 17 or 49, I highly recommend adding this literary work to your collection.

Reader Testimonials for What Goes Around Comes Around

Reader Testimonials for What Goes Around Comes Around