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Jason Fried , David Heinemeier Hansson
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Book Description

9 Mar 2010
Most business books give you the same old advice: Write a business plan, study the competition, seek investors, yadda yadda. If you're looking for a book like that, put this one back on the shelf.

Rework shows you a better, faster, 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 you really need to do is stop talking and start working. This book shows you the way. You'll learn how to be more productive, how to get exposure without breaking the bank, and tons more counterintuitive ideas that will inspire and provoke you.

With its straightforward language and easy-is-better approach, Rework is the perfect playbook for anyone who’s ever dreamed of doing it on their own. Hardcore entrepreneurs, small-business owners, people stuck in day jobs they hate, victims of "downsizing," and artists who don’t want to starve anymore will all find valuable guidance in these pages.


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  • Hardcover: 279 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Business (9 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307463745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307463746
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.8 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 183,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon Exclusive: Seth Godin Reviews Rework

Seth Godin is the author of Linchpin, Tribes, The Dip, Purple Cow, All Marketers Are Liars, and Permission Marketing, as well as other international bestsellers. He is consistently one of the 25 most widely read bloggers in the English language. Read his exclusive Amazon guest review of Rework:

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.

This book is short, fast, sharp and ready to make a difference. It takes no prisoners, spares no quarter, and gives you no place to hide, all at the same time.

There, my review is almost as long as the first chapter of the book. I can't imagine what possible excuse you can dream up for not buying this book for every single person you work with, right now.

Stop reading the review. Buy the book.--Seth Godin


--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Review

"Every once in a while, a book comes out that changes just about everything. This is one of those books. Ignore it at your peril" (Seth Godin, New York Times bestselling author)

"37signals...doesn't just have customers, it has raving fans, and its leaders are web celebrities" (Guardian)

"There's no jargon or filler here just hundreds of brilliantly simple rules for success" (Chris Anderson, bestselling author of The Long Tail)

"Inspirational...REWORK is a minimalist manifesto that's profoundly practical. In a world where we all keep getting asked to do more with less, the authors show us how to do less and create more" (Scott Rosenberg, Co-Founder of Salon.com)

"Great if you're at a fledgling stage of business. It's a little controversial... but I find it brilliant just the same. A quick read too." (Sophie Cornish Stylist) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I want to like this book more than I actually do.

I want to like it because I agree with much of what the authors are trying to achieve. Or, at least, what I think they're trying to achieve.

The book sets out to challenge many of the assumptions we make about the world of work and commerce. And how we spend our time and structure our activities.

The authors make lots of good points about how inefficient and bureaucratic work often is. They draw your attention to the often bizarre characteristics of workplaces and offer ways in which it could all be different.

This is the sort of 'stuff' that I like.

Like most people, I've worked in several dysfunctional organisations. Like families, organisations (in either the public or private sector) do things that don't make much sense. But they do them because, 'we've always done it this way' e.g. 3 hour meetings where many attend just because they've got to be seen to be attending!

Rework then, sets out to offer us all an alternative.

Fine.

But as a book, Rework failed for me.

I found the short (often very short) chapters, well, just too short. Arguments that needed further development were - I felt - left in mid-air, underdeveloped and under explored.

At times, the book felt like a loose collection of odd ramblings with no concrete structure upon which to pull concepts together.

Many of the suggestions would possibly work in smaller organisations but would cause real problems if you tried to apply them in bigger, more bureaucratic settings.

In conclusion, I highly commend the authors for trying to challenge how the world works. Things do really need to be re-worked. But so does, unfortunately, this book!
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98 of 106 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you've used any of the 37signals software products, you'll understand why the authors have an awful lot of credibility to write a book about running a small company.

ReWork sets out their vision of what has worked for them, getting from day one, to turning over millions of dollars, and having hundreds of thousands of customers.

The book is short, simple, and concentrates on the basics, rather than going into hundreds of pages of detail and case studies. This isn't, after all, an academic treatise needing lots of evidence... nor, however, is it an autobiography. Instead, it's a straightforward set of views about what they found works for them.

I would strongly recommend this book to anyone thinking of setting up their own business.

My only criticism of the book is that, while it has a wider scope than their first book - "Getting Real" - much of the material appears to be lifted directly. Getting Real was about running coding teams, this is about running the wider businesses. I'd NOT read Getting Real before - I ordered the two together, and read them back to back - this wasn't particularly worth doing. Read this one, and skip the older tome.
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50 of 55 people found the following review helpful
By Robert Morris TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
If Joseph Schumpeter were to design a "creative destroyer," he would probably come up with a business thinker who bears a striking resemblance to Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson. To me, they seem to be iconoclasts who are impatient to build rather than anarchists whose objective is chaos. They quickly indicate a healthy respect for the nature and extent of difficulty when challenging the status quo. But they are not deterred by that difficult, as their success with 37signals clearly indicates, and they probably have more confidence in their readers' (as yet) unfulfilled potentialities than most of those readers do.

Consider this passage in Chapter FIRST: "There's a new reality. Today anyone can be in business. Tools that used to be out of reach are now easily accessible. Technology that cost thousands is now just a few bucks or free. One person can do the job of two or three or, in some cases, an entire department. Stuff that was impossible just a few years ago is simple today." That said, Fried and Hansson realize that many people who read that passage will heartily endorse its spirit but decline to embrace and leverage the opportunities that the new reality offers. For them, the "real world" is defined by what James O'Toole so aptly characterizes in his book, Leading Change, as "the ideology of comfort and the tyranny of custom."

This so-called "real world" has advocates who, Fried and Hansson observe, "are filled with pessimism and despair. They expect fresh concepts to fail. They assume society isn't ready for or capable of change. Even worse, they want to drag others down into their tomb. If you're hopeful and ambitious, they'll try to convince you your ideas are impossible. They'll say you're wasting your time. Don't believe them.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Massively overated - but still a good book 4 Oct 2010
Format:Paperback
This book is generally viewed as "brilliant", "awesome" etc.

It's OK. It's very short, more of a collection of tidbits than an actual structured argument .. and while there are some useful things in there it's not as revolutionary as some people seem to think.

It's an OK book .. probably better than OK .. but I think most of the praise comes because it's from the guys behind Ruby on Rails / Basecamp .. rather than because the book itself. Also, I can't help noticing that a lot of the people who say it's amazing don't actually seem to have run businesses .. so what might seem an amazing insight to them might just be "quite interesting" to a more experienced hand.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Don't expect any consistency
This book is almost like someone who has done well in the business world had a series of shower thoughts that they made into a blog. Read more
Published 13 hours ago by Johno
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT
This book is so so so brilliant - Only God knows why I hadn't read it earlier. Have even ordered copies for friends! An excellent book.
Published 25 days ago by Charlie
5.0 out of 5 stars A definite game changer
This has changed the way I work in so many way a few months on not everything has worked but usually things that haven't are due to the environment I work in and beyond my control... Read more
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Bought as a gift and was well received
Published 1 month ago by Mieke
4.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Short and simple read, reccomnded to friends already.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stop thinking and do it
I loved this book for the can do attitude it promotes and how it demystifies setting up a business. People who start up businesses are not a breed apart somehow genetically... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jonathan Patrick
5.0 out of 5 stars easy to digest
Love the format - like a book of mini blogs. Simple quick advice delivered bluntly. Just my style! Will use a reference manual now
Published 1 month ago by D. McIntosh
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Perhaps I had raised expectations on this book as so many people recommended it. However it felt like it was tailored for a more inspirational approach than the realities of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Daniel J McClure
1.0 out of 5 stars Didnt get the book
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Published 3 months ago by Gintare
2.0 out of 5 stars Worst book I ever read
Poor read - very flimsy and folksy! Not for those serious about this topic. I would not recommend it at all.
Published 3 months ago by Pat Daly
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