I liked this book because it talks about how you can improve what you are doing (whatever you are doing) by looking at your higher purpose in life andI liked this book because it talks about how you can improve what you are doing (whatever you are doing) by looking at your higher purpose in life and business, and how happiness is key to this goal. The book is pretty pragmatic but funny as well, balanced like that in a weird sort of way.
In another way though the focus on happiness reminded me of something Epicurean, and a bit simplistic at that if you will. This association is probably only partially valid but I kept thinking about it....more
How do I start the project I always wanted to start, achieve some degree of success, and avoid being overwhelmed by it? Can I even do that? Those areHow do I start the project I always wanted to start, achieve some degree of success, and avoid being overwhelmed by it? Can I even do that? Those are kind of the core questions that Rework tries to answer.
Rework talks about building a product and running a business, from inception to hiring and release, with a writing style that is as terse and no-nonsense as you can get. Funny, too.
What I really liked about Rework is that it inspires you to do great things ("make a dent in the universe") but at the same time it suggests to use your gut instinct or common sense to get there. Essentially it tells the reader to introspect: projects should start from within. That's how you find the "right way". Which is after all pretty natural once you think about it. For instance, build something YOU want, and you'll automatically know if it kicks ass or not. I found this kind of "warm pragmatism" really positive and refreshing. Very non-European I might add.
Many times the authors illustrate how to ask the right questions. "If you had to launch your product in two weeks, what would you cut out?" You suddenly realize you don't need all those features: you can add them later or not at all, and still be happy. Questions reshape the landscape. And by doing less you'll most certainly do what you do better. And so on.
Overall, much of the advice in the book is obvious, yet for this very reason too often it is taken for granted. That's why I truly believe most of us need this book to "rework" our projects and objectives and remind ourselves of what we forgot along the way....more