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Book Review: Rework

Book Review: Rework

by "Get it Done Girl" on October 11, 2011 · 1 comment

in Book Review,Free Agency,freelance,How To:,small biz,Super Tools

L-O-V-E-D it. Rework is the second book written by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, aka the founders of 37Signals. (Getting Real was their first).

From the book jacket:

Rework shows you a better, 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 I loved about the book was – everything, including:

  • The Chapters aren’t numbered
  • No Chapter is more than two pages long
  • There is a sketch introducing the concept discussed in each short Chapter
  • The 277 page book took me only 4 hours to read (I’m really slow)
  • I even appreciated that there were wider margins which made the words easier to read

This book is all about revising and revamping how you work. With Chapter titles that include: Takedowns, Go, Progress, Productivity, Competitors, Evolution, Promotion, Hiring, Damage Control and Culture, these authors literally covered all aspect of owning and running a business.

The authors wrote the book and then during the final editing process, chopped it in half because they realized they didn’t need as many words as they used to get their point across and that less is more. They get straight to the point, which the majority of business books fail to grasp. The long, drawn out business books lose my interest very quickly. Read. Apply the Knowledge.

What’s the last business book you read?

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Megan Ruble October 15, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Thanks for sharing, will have to pick this up! I love quick reads like this! 🙂

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