From the founders of the trailblazing software company 37signals, here is a different kind of business book one that explores a new reality. Today, anyone can be in business. Tools that used to be out of reach are now easily accessible. Technology that cost thousands is now just a few bucks or even free. Stuff that was impossible just a few years ago is now simple.That means anyone can start a business. And you can do it without working miserable 80-hour weeks or depleting your life savings. You can start it on the side while your day job provides all the cash flow you need. Forget about business plans, meetings, office space - you don't need them.
With its straightforward language and easy-is-better approach, Rework is the perfect playbook for anyone who's ever dreamed of doing it on their own. Hardcore entrepreneurs, small-business owners, people stuck in day jobs who want to get out, and artists who don't want to starve anymore will all find valuable inspiration and guidance in these pages. It's time to rework work.
©2010 Jason Fried (P)2010 Random House
Shatters alot of assumptions while providing real alternatives. One of the best books I have read in 2014 on business. No fluff just to the point.
Started pretty slow. It was hard at first. It came around after they stopped bragging about there own business. But in all worth it and built some knowledge.
Mostly it talk about Facts and Truth than Fairy Tale Story :P
* Policies are collective Punishment .... So Don't create a Policy.
* Be like a Drug Dealers.
* Do More with Less.
* Make Decisions instead of waiting for the best decision. That doesn't exist now.
* Inspiration is Perishable.
It really made to think ...... Good one.
Laugh , Think and then implement.
Valuable and Worthy to read. After completion , feeling like I learnt and knew some facts of business and life.
- The Griffin Group
The advise given in this book may be good but it is a stream of consciousness shotgun that assumes that the listener has the instinct to know how to apply the hundreds of tidbits offered; which if they did; they would not need the book. Still OK brain food for some - I would have preferred 30 minutes of substance - I should have spent the credit elsewhere.
There's so much to discover just by listening.
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'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!
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