- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Currency; 1 edition (March 9, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307463745
- ISBN-13: 978-0307463746
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,266 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book will make you uncomfortable.
Depending on what you do all day, it might make you extremely uncomfortable.
That's a very good thing, because you deserve it. We all do.
Jason and David have broken all the rules and won. Again and again they've demonstrated that the regular way isn't necessarily the right way. They just don't say it, they do it. And they do it better than just about anyone has any right to expect.
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"Jason Fried and David Hansson follow their own advice in Rework, laying bare the surprising philosophies at the core of 37signals' success and inspiring us to put them into practice. There's no jargon or filler here just hundreds of brilliantly simple rules for success. Part entrepreneurial handbook for the twenty-first century, part manifesto for anyone wondering how work really works in the modern age, REWORK is required reading for anyone tired of business platitudes."
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My one complaint is that there is not always justification for their claims. There is a lot of straight talk, which for me, were points well-taken. I get it. Some have said the book sounds arrogant. Well, okay. You're entitled to that opinion. But honestly, I didn't take it that way at all. I felt they were passionate about the points they made. It had a very forward tone. One thing I will mention is that perhaps some of their points needed more "proof". But the style was refreshing for me, personally. I enjoyed reading it. As a business book, it breaks all the rules. And that is precisely the point.
If you're looking for a book giving you step-by-step instructions on how to build a business -- this is not the book for you. Many who expected this were disappointed. This is not a traditional book by any standard. It's not a book that provides "how-to's". It's a book of principles. The key for the reader is being able to take their principles, evaluate them, and mold it to your individual business model with a strategy that fits. If you can't do that -- you're going to hate this book. It's not going to tell you what to do -- it's giving you fundamental principles to apply. Not all of these principles will work for every business. It would be foolish to think they would. A lot of successful companies don't follow these principles at all. Time-honored truth reveals there's more than one way to do things, and every business is different. But what I appreciate is that 37Signals found their niche in the business world, realized they had achieved something great, had something different and unique to offer -- and shared it with the business world in a style all their own. It's brave. It's bold. It's even brash, perhaps. But this book is not gospel. So don't take it as such. For me, there are pearls of wisdom here that cannot be ignored. And some of their advice is so risky, it needs to be evaluated carefully if embarked upon and applied. But if it worked for them -- in their own right, they can claim it and share it. And that's precisely the message of this book.
The book is persuasive, but don't read it blindly. Carefully consider their points and consider the possibility of applying them successfully.
In closing, do yourself a favor -- get the book. It really is worth it. But have the proper expectations.
My advice would be this: Don't start a business or organization of any kind until you have read this. Every CEO needs to read this. Every employee needs to read this. Every entrepreneur needs to read this. Do you have a job? You need to read this. Do you work? You need to read this. A first-grader could read this. Super easy. Super fast. Super information. I believe everyone needs to read this. Yes, everyone. And once you do, I bet you'll read it again.
Five stars. Well-earned.
Maybe just a personal opinion, but I don't think it's worth buying. At least take a look at a preview first - the whole book is the same format...
Amazon charged me more than $20, including shipping and handling, for this 270-pager that should've been pared down to less than 100 pages.
I should've paid about $7.95 + S/H for Rework. Too much hype and over-marketing bloated what should've been a five-star read. And that pisses me off, feeling I got ripped off by Currency (division of Crown Publishing, a division of PenguinRandomHouse) or whoever the he!! published this. So much consolidating in the New York trade publishing arena, and they're still ripping us off.
As for content, it's great. Period. Short "chapters" that make for a real page-turner. Each "chapter" is only about a page, and that's with double-spaced lines.
Reminds me of a James Patterson novel: HUGE font, large line spacing. His 400-page novels are actually 200-page novels. And I had to pay for all those extra 200 pages. What crap.
Unfortunately, the style of this cool book has far overshadowed its content, and I feel ripped off. While I do like to spend my money on good value, and the content is great value, I also want to feel I got my money's worth.
With this 100-page book masquerading as a 270-page book, I am not satisfied.
I seriously doubt anyone is reading this review at this point, but here goes anyway:
Every point these guys make is 100% valid and actionable. The only thing I would add is a "chapter" on hiring a great editor, not necessarily a writer. Editors who also write are the best communicators. On paper, at least. Writers only write (mostly), and they're not usually great at making a first draft a great second or third draft.
So true are their words of experiential experience: meetings are a waste of time, planning is really just guessing, hire the best people from all over the world (not just in your city), hire those who've not been to university (let alone graduated with a 4.0 GPA), most really cool geniuses would never even consider university let alone Harvard Business School (CRAP!).
Hard as it is to get past being ripped off by Currency (you guys are too impressed with yourselves, by the way), I highly recommend Rework. You can purchase used version of Rework for $3-$6. At least you'll be smarter than I was and still enjoy the content.
One last gripe: the Kindle version is $14.99!!! THAT is a ripoff. Shame on Currency. Shame on Crown. Shame on Penguin. Shame on Random House.
And shame on me for paying full price for a 25% book.