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About Rework Book

Rework shows you a better, faster, easier way to succeed in business. 

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.

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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Rework by Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson
Improve Your Business and Productivity

Improve Your Business and Productivity

Give up on the guesswork. Decide what you’re going to do this week, not this year. Figure out the next most important thing and do that. Make decisions right before you do something, not far in advance.

A written business plan is practically useless. Creating a plan allows you to feel that you can control everything that you actually cannot control, such as market conditions, competitors, customers, economy, etc.

Setting deadlines in long-term plans is also nonsense. You have all the complete information when you are doing something, but not before you have started.


Take It Slow And Easy

Too many leaders are preoccupied with growing their companies. In reality, they should be more concerned with finding the right size for their companies.

  • Expanding prematurely often leads to downsizing, damaging the morale and productivity of those who stay. 
  • Sustainability and profitability are more important than growth, so don’t get caught up in the growth hype. 

Grow slowly and follow your feelings.


Real and Great Work

Workaholics aren’t heroes. They don’t save the day, they just use it. The real hero is already home because he/she figured out a faster way to get things done.

To do great work, you need to feel that you’re making a difference. That you’re putting a meaningful dent in the universe. That you’re part of something important, something you can be incredibly proud of, something you want to take a stand for – a thing worth fighting for. 


"That would never work in the real world."— Don't believe them

"That would never work in the real world."— Don't believe them

  • 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.
  • The real world isn't a place, it's an excuse. It's a justification for not trying. It has nothing to do with you.


Solve your own problem

Solve your own problem

  • If you're solving someone else's problem, you're constantly stabbing in the dark. When you solve your own problem, the light comes on. You know exactly what the right answer is.
  • Best of all, this "solve your own problem" approach lets you fall in love with what you're making.
  • What you do is what matters, not what you think or say or plan.
  • We had the itch, so we scratched it.


No Excuses

No Excuses

  • Don't let yourself off the hook with excuses. It's entirely your responsibility to make your dreams come true.
  • Besides, the perfect time never arrives.
  • As you get going, keep in mind why you're doing what you're doing.
  • Great businesses have a point of view, not just a product or service.
  • Design them to be simple.


Rework Book summary

Rework Book summary

1) Scratch your own itch

2) start a business not a startup

3) start at the epicenter

4) pour yourself into the product

" Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

" Business opportunities are like buses, there's always another one coming.” – Richard Branson


Just don't wait for the right time..Just do it


Mistakes and Learning

  • Do not follow what other people have learnt, and do not allow them to create the rules of society of what works and doesn’t work. Other peoples mistakes are other peoples mistakes they are nothing to do with you. When you learn from your mistakes, you learn what NOT to do, but not necessarily what you should do next. Learning from your success will always tell you what to do next, therefore it is important to understand that failure is not a prerequisite to success



Actions > Ideas

What you do is what matters, not what you think or say or plan


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