It was the second time around that I finally bought the book. The first time that I saw it, about a month ago, I already had a bunch of purchased books that I didn’t even open up yet so I just decided that I would buy it some other time. But then, about two weeks after seeing the book for the first time, I had this urge to go back and buy it. I don’t know but there’s something about the blurb that caught my eye. So anyway, after finishing the book, I decided that it needs a review. (I only picked a few sections of the book to talk about, there’s so much more)

Don’t Confuse Enthusiasm With Priority:

Summary: Don’t confuse enthusiasm with priority.

What I Highlighted:  

  • The enthusiasm you have for a new idea is not an accurate indicator of its true worth.
  • What seems like a sure-fire hit right now often gets downgraded to “nice to have” the next morning. and “nice to have’ isn’t worth putting everything on hold.
  • By all means, have as many great ideas as you can. Get excited by them. Just don’t act in the heat of the moment. Write them down and park them for a few days. Then, evaluate their actual priority with a calm mind.

Thoughts: It’s so true though. Many times we are doing something, whether it be a project or a task, and during that time we get an idea that interrupts our productivity. So, I definitely agree with being excited about your ideas but instead of dropping everything, write it down and then get back to it later.

Decisions Are Temporary:

Summary: Stop worrying and making decisions about non-existent problems.

What I Highlighted:

  • Don’t make up problems you don’t have yet.
  • It’s not a problem until it’s a real problem.
  • Most of the things you worry about never happen anyway.
  • Otherwise you’ll waste energy, time, and money fixating on problems that may never materialize.

Thoughts: I’ve heard this so many times before but yet it’s always a constant reminder to me because I tend to worry and over think, a lot. And yes, making decisions on things based on “what if’s” and simply out of worry is not a good idea. The ‘problems’ may never even happen and then you end up making unnecessary decisions. It’s better to just deal with the real problems rather than the non-existent ones. But, I do feel that it is good to have a Plan B though, just in case.

Ignore The Real World:

Summary: Stop putting on constraints by using the excuse that it doesn’t happen in the real world.

What I Highlighted:

  • Scratch the surface and you’ll find these “real world” inhabitants are filled with pessimism and despair. They expect fresh concepts to fail. They assume society isn’t ready for capable change.

Thoughts: I guess those people who respond ‘it doesn’t happen in the real world’ feel like they are being realistic or something.

Who Cares What They’re Doing?

Summary: Focus on you.

What I Highlighted:

  • Every little move becomes something to be analyzed and that’s a terrible mindset. That state of mind is bad soil for growing anything.
  • The competitive landscape changes all the time. You competitor tomorrow may be completely different from your competitor today. It’s out of your control.
  • When you spend time worrying about someone else, you can’t spend time improving yourself.
  • If you merely replicate competitors, there’s no point to your existence.

Thoughts: I think it’s okay to look up to people as inspirations and things like that but at the same time, you need to focus on you. You need to work on improving you. Let people inspire you but don’t focus on them so much that you lose focus on you.

They’re Not Thirteen:

Summary: Treat your employees like children and that’s who they’d be.

What I Highlighted:

  • Employees need to ask permission before they can do anything. They need to get approval for every tiny expenditure. It’s surprising they don’t have to get a hall pass to go take a sh*t.
  • When everything constantly needs approval, you create a culture of non-thinkers.
  • And look, you’re not going to get a full eight hours out of people anyway. People need diversions. It helps disrupt the monotony of the workday.

Thoughts: I believe that this concept applies to so many fields. If you want others to take responsibility and be creative and independent, let them.

Your Estimates Suck:

What I Highlighted:

  • We think we can guess how long something will take, when in reality, we really have no idea.
  • Reality never sticks to best case scenarios.
  • The truth is, you just don’t know what’s going to happen that far in advance.
  • Keep breaking your time frames into smaller chunks. Then go one step at a time.

Thoughts: And I think that’s part of what makes the future so scary. Although we plan and set those long-term goals, we just never know.

Overall Review: I found Rework to be very well written yet, so simple to read. Because it went against a lot of the things mainstream media talks about (i.e planning, studying competition, workaholics), it offered a new perspective on things, which was nice.