Rework is one of those books; you know the ones. The kind of book that opens your mind to ideas. Changes your attitude, and brings you a clarity of thought that you have not had in a while. Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson (you know, the guys who started 37signals?) knocked this one out of the park and right into the cheap seats. If you run your own business, are thinking of starting one, trying to find the motivation to start a side project or even just slugging along in your daily life as a corporate drone – read this book.
I flew through the 279 pages in just about 2 days; I simply didn’t want to put it down. Jason and David have an amazingly readable, and accessible style which they infused intoÂ Rework making it informative, entertaining and enlightening. It’s an excellent balance of “what you’re doing is wrong”, and “here’s how to try and get on the right path.” Many books, too many in fact, end up being a manifesto of wrong, and offer little in the way of fresh ideas to try and right the ship. It’s easy to walk the halls of the great corporate sloth and point out the failures, flaws and ridiculous idiosyncrasies of doing business the slow, methodical and often times backwards way that the corporate machine operates.
Rework is listed as a business and economics book, and that’s where you’ll find it at just about any book store, but that seems to be too much of a pigeon hole for the ideas filling the pages. Just about everyone can benefit from the reading this book and reworking aspects of daily life. It’s easy to get bogged down with all of the things you have to do, and still find time to do the things you want to do. It doesn’t matter if you are into photography, painting, writing, lamp working or building custom bicycle frames, a fresh approach to any project, hobby or passion can yield unexpected and desired results.
The bottom line is; read this book.