I just finished the book Rework, by Jason Fried. It was an extremely easy read, but that’s not to say it has surface level content. It is written in an artistic way, yes even including graphics, but it takes a look at business and challenges some commonly shared beliefs. In that regard, it reminds me of my favorite leadership book, The Contrarian’s Guide to Leadership. Whatever your business is, it could probably be improved by rethinking and reworking some of the ways you do things. If nothing else, it will challenge you to find reasons why you disagree with what they are saying. Here are some of the ideas that stood out to me:
“Workaholics aren’t heroes. They don’t save the day, they just use it up. The real hero is already home because she figured out a faster way to get things done.” “Ideas are cheap and plentiful. The original pitch idea is such a small part of a business that it’s almost negligible. The real question is how well you execute.” “When you want something bad enough, you make the time–regardless of your other obligations. The truth is most people just don’t want it bad enough. Then they protect their ego with the excuse of time. Don’t let yourself off the hook with excuses. It’s entirely your responsibility to make your dreams come true.” “Constraints are advantages in disguise. Limited resources force you to make do with what you’ve got. There’s no room for waste. And that forces you to be creative.” “It’s better to have people be happy using someone else’s product than disgruntled using yours.” “How long someone’s been doing it is overrated. What matters is how well they’ve been doing it.”
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