I guess the authors of this book would be pleased if I call them arrogant. They talk about themselves with an certain superiority that made me want stop listening. But I did finish Rework and I wasn't too impressed. Most of this book wasn't new to me or would be to any modern entrepreneur. However, if you're a bit more conservative this could really be an eye opener. The authors do know what they are talking about and I didn't feel it was a waste of my time. It gave me a few good ideas and made me freshen up my memory.
I'm a bit hesitant but never say never.
- Don't wait for things to be perfect, when you have created something get it out there and improve things along the way.
- Create enough time to work uninterrupted during each working day, it makes you more
This book isn't bad, it's just not for me.
If you have common sense, then skip this book. I did not take one takeaway from this book. It is filled with absolutes such as, "Resumes are a new form of spam". Yes, people an lie on their resumes, but they are necessary unless the interviewer already knows the applicant. The book is filled with examples like these. The author had no golden gems. It is a book filled with random 3 minute examples of how to do things a little bit better.
I love learning thru books, about life, people and ways to be better. My best listen so far? "The Power of Now" have a good listen!
The autor uses a kind of logic that is, in my opinion, very flaude. He says things like "I eat 5 hamburgers per day and don't have high colestorol, thus I conclude that hamburgers do not cause high colesterol".
They are constantly saying the "truth" without any real objectivity, saying it works because they made it work and that is a really poor argument.
I understand not all books can be based on research, in fact I love many business books that are based on experience. But most of the autors that write books based on experience say things like "Have you tried this? It has work very well for me". This way you know what they are saying is a possible thing to do, and give you ideas of what you can try.
They say things like "who needs a PR agency? we wore featured in this and that paper without one, why would you pay tens of thousends of dollars for PR that you dont need?"
First of all, not al PR agencies will cost you tens of thousends. Secondly, how long did it take them to get into this big news outlet? Do they know how long it would have taken them with a PR agency? Would it be better? And thirdly their most sucessful product (Basecamp, which I am a user) is a project management tool where you pay by project, not by user. This makes it really easy to invite suppliers to participate on your project page without any extra cost. They supplier sees how it works for us and might sign up for it themselves. This is ofcourse a genious move, and makes the product viral (like dropbox, that gives you extra space for each person you invite) but not all products can work the same, or not al entrepreneurs can find such a clever way to make your product or service viral.
At one point they say "People say to learn from your mistakes, but what can you learn from your mistakes, we learn from our sucesses" "Other people's mistakes are their mistakes, not yours, so don't get mixed up on it". I am an internet business owner and so far I have never met a person that has not made a mistake. If you do make a mistake, you better learn not to do it again, and WHY it was a mistake. If you don't learn that, then I think it will be hard to move forward.
I have read many business books, almost 1 per week and this is the lowest rating I have ever given as I recall. It has no new and usefull information, its just a recopilation of statments, some of which I agree fully, so of which I dont agree at all.
I always heard great reviews about this book, but when I started to read it (or hear it) it blew my mind. Jason and David (the authors) gives you the insights (and I would like to say "support") to start your business right away and stop making excuses. This is the business book that will make become a starter and kill the wantrepreneur inside of you.
I've listened to about 25 books on business and forward thinking. There are only a handful of books that stick with me and this is one I often gift to people.
I loved the no BS attitude, and I loved how short it was.
My favorite parts were the anecdotes about the companies.
It was wonderfully read and he was able to communicate exactly the inflections the author wanted...much better than reading it.
I listened to this in the car during my commute, but could probably have listened to it at one time.
I'm building an internet training business, and this book really impacted me. It reassured me that you don't have to have a large business plan (it's just guessing!), lot's of employee, or 18-hour work days to be successful. You also learn so much more than what I've mentioned.
The book is structured around a list of insights and tips. He mentions one, explains why and then moves on to the next one. I recommend listening to it a few times. You will learn so much!
It was great listening to someone who took a different approach to business and made it work. I didn't agree with everything but it was really great to hear how they looked at things in a different yet practical way. I could certainly relate to various things they talked about throughout my current experience of starting a new business but also working at past companies as well. I learned, there is no right way. Worth the time to listen.
Jolly Red Giant
It was concise, relevant, and well-performed by the narrator.
The Lean Startup by Eric Ries is the closest I've read. Rework was shorter, more concise, and less theoretical. They compliment one another well. Both very important books.
It was good. I'm listening to The Power of Habit now, and it's equally good.
If I had read this book a year ago my startup would have avoided many serious mistakes!