The Round Table Comics adaptation of "What Got You Here Won't Get You There" by Marshall Goldsmith with Mark Reiter is a quick, enjoyable read, that promises to teach 20 workplace habits that you need to break to learn how successful people become even more successful. That's just what this graphic novel edition does. In 50 illustrated pages, this graphic novel captures the main points from Goldsmith's original book. Told in story fashion, each of the 20 habits is covered with just enough to teach you why you should break these habits to become even more successful. It's fun to read and teaches some important concepts.
Previously, I'd read these Round Table and Smarter Comics after I'd read the original book, and the graphic novel versions were great, quick, reviews to cover the main concepts in an illustrated fashion, and I liked the review. This time, I read the graphic novel version of "What Got You Here Won't Get You There" first. I liked the short, simple lessons, but it also made me want to read the book that this comic was based on to get the longer version too.
The illustrations were done by Shane Clester, who I liked from previous graphic novels he's done, and I felt he did a great job with this one too. His illustrations match the lessons and add to the learning you can do in this form.
Even though this short book only touches on each of the 20 workplace habits you need to break, I feel if you think a little about each habit, how it applies to your situation, and if you need to work on improving yourself in this area, you can gain a lot in a short time. However, it might take a bit more thinking on your part to figure out how to apply the simple lessons in your situation. And this is good, thinking about how to actually act upon the lessons will help you learn even more. Also, while the book suggests these are habits you should break in the workplace to be more successful, the lessons can be applied outside the workplace in your personal life too. Breaking them in your personal life can help you be more successful in your home and personal life.
Bottom line, if you liked the original book, you'll enjoy this quick review of the principles in illustrated format. If you like graphic novels that contain self-help lessons, you'll like this one. If you apply these lessons, you'll undoubtedly find yourself becoming even more successful.
Reviewed by Alain Burrese, J.D., author of the "Tough Guy Wisdom" series and others.