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Do the F*cking Work: Lowbrow Advice for High-Level Creativity Hardcover – Illustrated, December 30, 2019
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- Publisher : Harper Design; Illustrated edition (December 30, 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062886738
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062886736
- Item Weight : 1.61 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.3 x 1 x 7.8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #50,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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And I am so glad I did.
250 pages of BEAUTIFULLY designed, much needed, blunt and to-the-point advice about how to actually get work done. There are so many self-help/advice books out there that hold your hand and make you feel warm and fuzzy. This book is firmly NOT in that camp but in the camp of don't dick around, life is short, you've got too much to contribute to live small.
I'm getting another copy for my 13-year-old son who loves motivational talks that challenge him in exactly this way (and no, I don't care about the swearing) because I'm not f*cking giving him mine.
Obvi if you have an issue with the f-word this book won't be your jam.
Okay, I can see how that's the case.
Are there a lot of f-bombs in the book? Yep. Was I surprised? Nope. Too many f-bombs? Yes, but that’s my opinion, not fact. Will I recommend the book, to my friends and colleagues? Absolutely, although I have some doubt that the local library will put it on the shelf.
The criticism, constructive I hope, is the silver printing on white background can be difficult for those of us over sixty who would enjoy and benefit from the content. Other than that? It’s a good read with good advice and some witty, often self-deprecating humor.
One suggestion; maybe a toned-down (no f-bomb) version for middle school kids?
Sometimes insightful, sometimes obvious, sometimes difficult, but always helpful. I love that GFDA manages to hit so hard in bite-sized pieces. Perfect for a sit down read just as it’s perfect for a quick boost of motivation.
DTFW is full of advice that is both wise to follow and beautiful to look at, and it's all nestled among pages of an engaging story. Reading it was a mix of out-loud laughter and "oh, crap" moments when advice hit a bit too close to home. Make no mistake, this is not feel-good "you can do it!" encouragement--it will challenge you, if you let it. I had to stop and reflect on almost every piece of advice, because it was applicable, it was real, and frankly it hurt a little bit to consider. This one hit me hard:
"Stop f'ing around.
Stop whoring out your attention to online shopping and cat videos. All those distractions are going to impact your performance, and you're bound to end up with something leaking from your creativity" (page 38).
There's more to this one, and text doesn't do it justice, but I *know* I've been doing this lately, and I *know* it's getting in the way of achieving my goals. And apparently, so do Brian, Jason, and Jason, damn them. And they seem to keep knowing, page after page.
The tough advice is lightened by hilarious storytelling about the origins and growing pains of the authors' company, which both motivates the advice and makes the book a bit easier to read than page after page of nonstop painful advice would be. As a result, I'm coming away from it with a strong urge to *do things* rather than cry about how everything is hard (even though it is).
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The text you do find is often hard to read due to a choice of printing silver text on a white background. Design follows function was clearly not the guiding principle for this book.
If you just ignore the attempt at creating a memorable design and just read what's there, it's really nothing more than: 'don't procrastinate' (orly?!) and similar basic advice. If you ever read any other book (or watched a YouTube video) on productivity you likely won't benefit much from this one.
How they got some many great reviews is beyond me.
Do yourself a favour and buy the hardcover; I just wasted $20
Reviewed in Brazil on December 29, 2019