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Book Review: Rework

Sam Bridegroom  |  Posted Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 at 05:53:00 PM


(Originally Posted on 9/13/2011 Here)

Image:Book Review: ReworkRework, by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

The authors are the founders of the software company 37 Signals, and have a very fresh approach to business. It's a very progressive and fresh approach to working, and in most cases is very different to the management principles and framework with which I've been associated. That's probably why I enjoyed it so much.

This is very much from an entrepreneur's perspective, a mindset to which I can very easily relate. Things like:

- Want to make a great product? Make something you want to use. Scratch your own itch first.
- There's always enough time if you spend it right. Personally speaking, I'm making changes in my world to make time for the things I want to do. It's really a liberating feeling.
- Foregoing sleep is a bad idea
- You don't create a culture. It happens by itself through consistent behavior.
- Decisions are temporary. They can change as needed. Don't borrow trouble, worrying about problems that may never materialize. This is a concept I've followed for years.

These are only a few of the thoughts that got my attention. I'm not going to recite the book - because I can't do it justice. What I can say is that after reading it, I have an energy to do new and interesting things (business-wise) that I've not had in quite a long time. You'll be seeing and hearing about those things in the coming weeks.

Jason Fried also does a TED talk titled "Why Work Doesn't Happen At Work" - it's also worth the 18:00 of your time.




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