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Jason Fried: Rework


"Ignore this book at your own peril." -Seth Godin

This quote proudly sits on top of the cover and as far as business is concerned, I whole-heartedly agree. Recently while in Canada, I read "Rework" for the second time and it continues to infuse freshness into how I spend my time while working and how I think about building a product (currently ZenCash).

Jason Fried, founder of 37signals, has done a lot of things well. Aside from running an incredibly profitable business, the lens he sees business through is really fun to take a peek through.

A few thoughts I especially appreciated from the text:

  • Marketing is something everyone in your company is doing 24/7/265.

  • Press releases are spam ... your first introduction is this vague, generic note you also send to everyone else? Is that the impression you want to make? Is that really going to get you the story? Instead, call someone. Write a personal note ... Do something meaningful. Be remarkable. Stand out. Be unforgettable. That's how you'll get the best coverage.

  • Plans more than a few pages long just wind up as fossils in your file cabinet.

  • Figure out the next most important thing and do that.

These are only a few of several great points that stood out. I ask that if you are running and/or starting a business that you take a night or two to let this inspire you. 

Get it here.

Weekend Links

  • We don't usually have cable, but we like to have it just for the Olympics. We had a blast watching the Opening Ceremonies last night and I have an enormous amount of pride welling up inside of me for the United States athletes. Here are some inspiring Olympic commercials I love. I am pumped.

  • Foundry Collective just launched a fantastic new website. Check out their work. Now.

  • Several times this year in conversation I have referenced this Fast Company article on under-promising and over-delivering.

  • If you're in San Diego this next Friday (August 3), I will be playing an acoustic set in Mission Hills at the Soul Care House. You can RSVP here ... should be a great night!

  • Lacey and I just got back from the most rewarding time away on the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia, Canada. It was everything we needed in a vacation. I loved reading Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs, Jason Fried's Rework and starting Bob Kauflin's Worship Matters.

  • Right after driving through the US/Canada border, we picked up the new Passion Pit record, Gossamer, to help us make it to the airport. I am really digging "Cry Like A Ghost".

  • And here are a few photos from the trip:


Rest & Retreat

Lacey and I are really excited to get away for a bit. Thankful to unwind and decompress. 

Have a great week!