Combining personal vignettes with sage advice, Rob Davis demonstrates how the saying, What Goes Around, Comes Around, connects to other sources of wisdom and to our everyday lives.
Growing up, Davis recalls one of his favorite sayings from the Bible, “As ye sow, so shall ye reap.” As he came to understand it, he saw its similarity to the familiar adage, “What goes around, comes around.”
As an adult involved in business, family, and sports, he began to recognize how true the saying is. He saw in numerous situations – experiences of friends and business partners, and in his own life – how the results we reap come from the actions we sow.
One example presented itself in the case of Bernie Madoff, the notorious financier who had a thriving market-making business; until he was exposed as a cheat and a fraud. Madoff is now in prison, probably for the rest of his natural life. Suppose, Davis suggests, that early on, Madoff had called together those involved, and “fessed up” – the consequences would have been painful, but nothing like the total ruin he ended up experiencing.
Much of the book’s theme rests on the significance of choice. When we believe we have no other option in a situation, the truth may be more likely that the right thing to do is the difficult thing to do. Here Davis cautions us to set our sights on the high road to avoid losing the chance for a positive result.
But not all choices are wrong, and not all comebacks are bad. A friend and tennis buddy described by Davis wrecked his car after having had a few too many drinks at a party. His driver’s license was suspended for three months. Despite the problematic consequences, his friend turned this self-created slip into an example for his children by accepting the full measure of his legal punishment and making the best of it.
Some of Davis’s stories are his own, like the time he was kicking himself for not helping a friend who had organized a fund-raising event. The result was his creation of a new organization, using financial industry people, funds, and energies to help prevent child abuse.
His book concludes with positive “Thoughts to Live By” such as I Choose Happiness, I Cooperate for the Greatest Good, I Take the High Road, and I Expect to Be Happy. His philosophy, as expressed here, makes effective use of humor, humility, and a hefty helping of logic. Drawing insight from personal parables, Davis has constructed a manual of straightforward, sensible life skills designed for those who genuinely want “what comes around” to yield the best outcomes.