Occasionally I like to refresh my memory on a few favorite books. I’ve found it useful to check the top Amazon Kindle highlights as a quick review. Here are the top to 10 highlights for Rework, one of my favorite business books for 2010.
“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”
“Workaholics aren’t heroes. They don’t save the day, they just use it up. The real hero is already home because she figured out a faster way to get things done.”
“What you do is what matters, not what you think or say or plan.”
“Ideas are cheap and plentiful. The original pitch idea is such a small part of a business that it’s almost negligible. The real question is how well you execute.”
“If no one’s upset by what you’re saying, you’re probably not pushing hard enough. (And you’re probably boring, too.)”
“When you don’t know what you believe, everything becomes an argument. Everything is debatable. But when you stand for something, decisions are obvious.”
“A business without a path to profit isn’t a business, it’s a hobby.”
“You’re better off with a kick-ass half than a half-assed whole.”
“Whenever you can, swap “Let’s think about it” for “Let’s decide on it.” Commit to making decisions. Don’t wait for the perfect solution. Decide and move forward.”
“The core of your business should be built around things that won’t change. Things that people are going to want today and ten years from now. Those are the things you should invest in.”
If you haven’t read the entire book, I strongly recommend you pick up a copy of Rework.