ReWork – Change the way you work forever by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
“We have something new to say about building, running and growing (or not growing) a business” – this is how the book starts.
The book is written by the founders of e.g. base camp. They share their experiences with us in this book. What follows isn´t very academic or theoretical – it´s more a sequence of advices and experiences which are definitely true and sometimes eye-opening because of their visualization/ explanation.
At first: This book is worth reading and especially because of its shorts chapters (every topic has only 1-3 pages) it´s kinda quick read. I disagree to 3 or 4 of those dozens of chapters but almost all of them are worth considering.
I´ve just read “Stumbling on Happiness” by Daniel Gilbert. Almost 10 years old and not everything is new for an ambitious reader but Gilbert shares some great insights and results of his studies of happiness.
Up front I gotta say that this book is easy to read and it´s absolutely worth it. Some of his theses are eyeopening or at least thought provoking.
The beginning of the book is about “how much of what you do is for you NOW and how much is to please you in the FUTURE“. All of us are very future-focused and do actions often to please our future-us. Do you know that the human beings are the only animals that think about the future?
“It´s not how good you are, it´s how good you want to be” by Paul Arden was my recent read and my newest quick read recommendation. The book is separated in dozens of short 1-2 page chapters which are easy to read and point out their message. Give it 2-3 days and you are through with some new insights and ideas.
I´ve summarized nine quite interesting parts of the book for you, so that you will get a clue what this book is about.
Your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have.
Do not seek praise, seek criticism.
It´s quite easy to get approval if we ask enough people or those we know that they say what we want to hear. Instead of seeking approval go for “What´s wrong with it? How can I make it better?” – with this question we probably will get criticism and may have the chance to get an improvement on our idea.
I´ve recently read The Year Without Pants by Scrott Berkun – former Microsoft manager. It´s the story about Berkun´s time working for Automattic on WordPress as a manager. It´s about the open culture of Automattic and the advantages and obstacles of a remote-work-culture instead of a conventional office culture.
This book is great for entrepreneurs who are interested in unconventional ways of leadership and people with an outsourcing mindship. Why? Because Automattic´s team works almost completely spread throughout the world and is connected via blogs, skype and IRC chats.
Remote work is the key.