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Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson - Excerpts

Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson - Excerpts

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Most business books give you the same old advice: Write a business plan, study the competition, seek investors, yadda yadda. If you're looking for a book like that, put this one back on the shelf.

Rework shows you a better, faster, easier way to succeed in business. Read it and you'll know why plans are actually harmful, why you don't need outside investors, and why you're better off ignoring the competition. The truth is, you need less than you think. You don't need to be a workaholic. You don't need to staff up. You don't need to waste time on paperwork or meetings. You don't even need an office. Those are all just excuses.

What you really need to do is stop talking and start working. This book shows you the way. You'll learn how to be more productive, how to get exposure without breaking the bank, and tons more counterintuitive ideas that will inspire and provoke you.

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 they hate, victims of "downsizing," and artists who don’t want to starve anymore will all find valuable guidance in these pages.

http://37signals.com/rework
Most business books give you the same old advice: Write a business plan, study the competition, seek investors, yadda yadda. If you're looking for a book like that, put this one back on the shelf.

Rework shows you a better, faster, easier way to succeed in business. Read it and you'll know why plans are actually harmful, why you don't need outside investors, and why you're better off ignoring the competition. The truth is, you need less than you think. You don't need to be a workaholic. You don't need to staff up. You don't need to waste time on paperwork or meetings. You don't even need an office. Those are all just excuses.

What you really need to do is stop talking and start working. This book shows you the way. You'll learn how to be more productive, how to get exposure without breaking the bank, and tons more counterintuitive ideas that will inspire and provoke you.

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 they hate, victims of "downsizing," and artists who don’t want to starve anymore will all find valuable guidance in these pages.

http://37signals.com/rework

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Planning is guessing
-nalpssenisubmret-gnol,rellet-enutroaeruosselnU ning is a fantasy. There are just too many factors that areout of your hands: market conditions, competitors, cus-tomers, the economy, etc. Writing a plan makes you feelin control of things you can’t actually control.:erallaerehttah w snalpllactsu je w tnodh W  guesses. Start referring to your business plans as businessguesses, your financial plans as financial guesses, andyour strategic plans as strategic guesses. Now you canstop worrying about them as much. They just aren’t worth the stress. When you turn guesses into plans, you enter a dan-ger zone. Plans let the past drive the future. They putblinders on you. “This is where we’re going because, well, that’s where we said we were going.” And that’s theproblem:Plans are inconsistent with improvisation. And you have to be able to improvise. You have tobe able to pick up opportunities that come along. Some-times you need to say, “We’re going in a new directionbecause that’s what makes sense
today 
.”.ootpude w ercssisnalpegnar-gnolognimitehT  You have the most information when you’re doingsomething, not
before 
you’ve done it. Yet when do you write a plan? Usually it’s before you’ve even begun.That’s the worst time to make a big decision.

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john_pappas_35 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
So. A quick read. Some good points. Some overstated points. Overall, I liked it. A good reminder to look past all the strategic plans, policies and organizational charts and work for love of product and customer. Basically, at its essence, this book is about avoiding burnout more than it is about starting a business. It is about working smart and not hard.
fouad_bendris reviewed this
Rated 5/5
The power of Say NO by default and when ASAP is Poison ! Once again this is a kind of Manifesto & Controversy book. He provides us with daily brainstorming exercises to get rid of preconceived ideas and therefore «real world». This is particular useful to jeopardize Big Data trends and correctly manage new Businesses opportunities. My new leitmotiv would be Do More with less! Saturday, Sept 15 - 2012
stringsn88keys reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Amazingly, the things that appealed to me in this book should be business common sense, such as rejecting the idea of a mission statement and the "false apology". I wish this were a staple of corporate culture instead of pop business books.
gshuk_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
This audio will expose you to non-traditional, minimalist business practices that will make you think. It is a short motivational Seth Godin's type audio. Unfortunately, it's like a horoscope. People will feel validated that others think the same way when they only took the controversial ideas they liked and ignored the ones they didn't. Worth reading taken with a grain of salt.
vitorhugo_1 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Wise unorthodox tips on how to run a business, in a minimalist way, while disclosing the anachronisms of large, fat, corporations.Simple, clever, easy to read.
jerrycolonna reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Finally read this. Chock full of great pithy material. The drawings are a equal part of the fun. Not heavy on theory but that's the point...they keep it simple, just the like and the products. Provoked me to think a lot about my own work and the drive (somewhat externally generated to grow and expand).
fsmichaels reviewed this
Rated 3/5
This is a pretty solid 3.5 stars for me. A fast read. Examples throughout are typically from mainstream sources so the stories aren't anything particularly new, but some good reminders that help you keep moving forward on your projects whether you're in business or not.
themadturtle reviewed this
Rated 4/5
I recommend this to anyone that works in an office setting - be you an entrepreneur or someone working in a cube farm - working for a huge company or a small startup. There's a lot of good info here, to be sure. Some of it reads too much like the "young, hipster rebel" and comes off a little trite as a result. However, there's definitely a lot of truth in the book as well. Some of the things, I'm sure you've heard before, but that doesn't make it less meaningful. This is a very quick read that is full of useful gems of information. I keep it at my desk in case anyone wants me to come up with an opening thought for a meeting.
mbarylak_2 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
Many 'Aha's, some surprises, few 'Oh no's!
jeffv_19 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
The authors of ReWork run a small, software development company based in Chicago. Their meager staff of 16 is global, however. The book is about focusing on core competency and focusing on what you do best. They believe in targeted products with limited functionality -- the kitchen sink approach leads to escalating costs with little pay-off. This philosophy is applied to all other aspects of business too -- from hiring people of certain skill sets and ability, to marketing and PR functions. The authors also caution against over-expansion, particularly in the manner of increasing capacity to serve a single customer. Loss of that customer could result in rapid downsizing, and an anything that jeopardizing serving other existing customers attracted by your product and service could prove disastrous. Knowing when to let a customer go, in their opinion, is as important as attracting a new customer. ReWork contains sound advice for small companies that can succeed with a tight focus. Avoiding the growth of a corporate bureaucracy can help keep small (and perhaps mid-sized) companies more nimble and adaptable. By design, it prevents growth into large companies, however. It is sound advice for the many businesses that will never rise above small business, however. This is not an MBA-level business analysis, it's short and easily comprehended by those who might desire some business advice but lack a formal business background (but have salable business ideas or skills).

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