Rework by Jason Fried


Rework is a unique business book that shows the reader a better, faster, and easier way to be successful in business. The book tells the reader why plans are truly harmful, why people don’t need outside investors, and why a person is better off ignoring the competition. The book also teaches the reader how to be more creative, how to get exposure without wasting money, and tons of other (crazy) thoughts that will motivate and provoke the reader.

The main themes of the book are that plans are harmful, productivity isn’t a result of working long hours, and hiring and seeking investors should be your absolute last resort. The book also emphasizes the importance of starting small, focusing on what people really care about, and building momentum to fuel motivation.

Useful takeaways from the book include forgetting about the details at the start, focusing on what people really care about, starting building when you’re new to something, and letting inspiration guide you. The book also encourages readers to embrace constraints, prioritize ruthlessly, and learn to say no.

What I Liked

Yes, yes, yes. I am so thankful that I read this book at the beginning of my career. It completely reframes what work is and how it can be done. A must read for anyone who works (anywhere!).

What I Did Not Like

It leans a bit professional and tech, but still applicable to a wide range of industries.

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