• Work the System (Fourth Edition)

  • The Simple Mechanics of Making More and Working Less
  • By: Sam Carpenter
  • Narrated by: Sam Carpenter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (117 ratings)

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A simple mindset tweak will change your life. 

It started with a midnight insight. After a 15-year nightmare of coping with his struggling business, Sam Carpenter discovered and then developed a simple methodology that knocked his routine 80-hour workweek down to zero, while multiplying his net income by a factor of 100. Now, in 2021, here’s his best-selling business book, revised yet again, showing how you too can instantly break free to build the business and life of your dreams. 

In this fourth edition of Work the System, Carpenter reveals the profound insight and exact uncomplicated, mechanical steps he took to turn his business - and his life - around. Once you “get” this new vision, success and serenity will come quickly. You will learn to: 

  • Make a simple perception adjustment that will change your life forever.
  • See your world as a logical collection of linear systems that you can control.
  • Manage the systems that produce results in your business and your life.
  • Stop fire killing and become a fire-control specialist.
  • Maximize profit, create client loyalty, and develop enthusiastic employees.
  • Identify insidious “errors of omission.”
  • Maximize your biological and mechanical “prime time” so that you are working at optimum efficiency.
  • Design the life you want - and then, in the real world, create it! 

You can keep doing what you’ve always done and continue getting unsatisfactory results. Or you can find the peace and freedom you’ve always wanted by transforming your businesses or corporate department into a finely tuned machine that runs smoothly and profitably on autopilot.

©2021 Sam Carpenter, Josh Fonger (P)2021 Greenleaf Book Group

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Wow, low ROI

This book has some solid principles in part 3, but it is 90% the author making the case for why systems are important, all the amazing things you’ll get if you deploy good systems, and why he is so great at deploying systems. I think those premises are probably established before anyone picks up a book like this, totally a waste of time to repeat them AD NAUSEUM. The book is only about 10% practical guidance and that 10% is so dispersed that it makes it difficult to even find. The best I can tell you is that I would completely skip part 1, listen to part 3, and maybe dip your toe in part 2 if you have extra time. But mainly I would encourage you to spend your time on something else, e.g. _The Checklist Manifesto_.

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Great book despite slow start

Thoroughly enjoyed this book however I got a bit bored in the beginning when the introduction took forever! It delivers just before the end and is worth reading for anyone who read emyth.

Game Changer.

I was referred to this book by another business friend. Before I buy any audiobook, I always look at the negative reviews. I was concerned when I read the negative reviews for this, but decided to do it anyway. I’m so glad I did.

For context, I’m the CEO of a company that has been independently voted top in the world 4x in a row for the last 4 years in our industry. I’m always looking for new insights and read business books daily. I pay for a high-end EOS consultant to help us with Traction. I pay for Strategic Coach and actively use the program. I’ve also been a finalist in the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year. I share all that info because I have had a lot of exposure to business tools and thinking.

This book is a game changer. The information is not new, BUT the presentation of it is outstanding. It will make you realize how important it is to get your business systems set up right… enough realization to actually make the changes and get it done. And that’s where change happens. I bought this for my leadership team. We’re taking things to the next level.

I highly recommend this book if you want to play the game of business and win. Game on!!! By the way, the audio version is my favorite way to “read” this book.

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Needs some serious editing

The content of the book is good. I've read/listened to several now on process management and process development for business. What's in this book helped fill in the gaps on some of the things I was trying to discover.

But holy cow... this book would have seriously benefited from having an editor who was ruthless.

There is more fluff in the book than a Build A Bear. Seriously... I don't need to hear how Sam was a basket case, divorced, living in a couch in the office, etc., etc., 92 times... and then in an epiphany he discovered processes...

I get it. First, I don't care. Second the WIIFM on this is I want to solve my problem - making business processes. Look, you already have my money - I bought into the idea you might have knowledge about how to solve my problem. I don't need 9 hours of you going on and on "things were never easy for me - I was born a poor black child" (since the author loves movies so much).

It gets in the way of actually getting any useful information out of this book. Now, some folksy narrative - ok fine. But wow, I get it was traumatic... but again - I don't care. I'm glad you figured out life and wrote the book. But again - I don't care about how hard it was for you. You don't have to sell me that you know what works... at least not like 9 times across 15 chapters. I got it. Just tell me the "process" for deriving the answer already...

So, if you're willing to skip around and hunt and peck (thank Christmas for that feature)... it's not a half-bad book.

If an editor had a clue... and beat on the author relentlessly to make a cogent narrative and get to the "pickle" earlier on ... it would have been an amazing book.

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Hubris bantering of a narcissistic geriatric hippy who did too many drugs in the 70s and thinks he invented the wheel

Sam Rambles on and on how this version is so much better than the first three editions an all the mistakes he made in writing them. An hour and 53 minutes before the first talk of implementing systems. That was only for a minute and then continuing on for another half hour about what a master entrepreneur he was an fire putter outer, there’s nothing entrepreneur master entrepreneur about him. He was not a quitter for sure and worked very hard but over two hours of complaining and bitching about how hard you work and what a badass you are for not quitting is not a good way to start a book so far this book has been a complete waste of my time I did not want to read miracle on 31st St. and feel bad for this guy, this isn’t some Christmas movie reject
- You could cut out of skip the entire 1st 3 chapters and not miss a thing of relevance. Everything is summarized and or repeated by this old narcissistic windbag after that
- He actually thinks that he came up with SOPs. He calls them General operating principals, and working procedures, but it’s the same thing.
I finally finished the audiobook and it was absolutely not worth the time. Nothing new here. Many other better books out there

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  • 11-08-21

Real Gold in here, just loads on anecdotes

Some real good insight in here, just too many anecdotes to get through so it kind of dilutes the impact. But it's a real game changer I think.

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  • 05-27-22

Pretty good

I really like this book and the amazing insight into a systematic mindset of a successful entrepreneur
The only downside is the Reader , his voice is so monotonous I find I’m tuning out most times and can’t focus for too long
The story is really good and interesting and helpful in improving the way you function for better success

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