I enjoyed It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work so much that I went back and re-read Rework by @jasonfried and @dhh

Here are 40+ ideas, quotes and highlights 👇
Don't learn from your mistakes. Learn from successes: they tell you what does work.
Plan short-term, because we suck at planning.

Long-term planning just doesn't work.
Great schools don't try and grow—why should businesses?

Great businesses can be small too.
Workaholics try and make up for intellectual laziness with brute force. Work better instead.
"To do great work, you need to feel that you're making a difference."
To make a great product or service, make something you want to use.
"What you do is what matters, not what you think or say or plan."
You can always find the time if you're motivated enough.
Stand for something when you create a business.

You'll attract like-minded people.
Take on as little outside cash as possible.
"A business without a path to profit isn’t a business, it’s a hobby."
Embrace being small. You're the most agile you'll ever be.
"Constraints are advantages in disguise."
Nail the basics first, and then worry about the details and the finer points later.
Constantly look for things to remove or simplify.
When you face a problem, see if you can remove things to solve it.
You don't need fancy equipment to get the job done.
Sell your by-products (aka sell your sawdust).

(Also one of @jackbutcher's core ideas)
Launch sooner.
Do everything you can to remove layers of abstraction.

Abstraction causes misalignment.
Meetings are toxic.
You destroy your creativity, morale and attitude when you sacrifice sleep.
Focus on the highest priority only. Then move to the next one.
Make small decisions that are easy to change.
Make yourself part of your product. Then it can never be copied.
Being anti-something is a great way to attract followers.

Position yourself against something.
Say no by default.
Share information that's valuable and build an audience.
Overnight successes are myths.
Never hire someone until you've done the job yourself first.

And hire only when it hurts.
Don't hire someone great just because they're available.

There are lots of great people out there.
Hire people that can manage themselves.
Hire great writers.
Give a test project to potential new hires before giving them an offer.
Say sorry and own up to your mistakes.
You don't create a culture, it just happens.
Don't build a process just because of one mistake. You'll build up organizational scar tissue if you do.
Act on your inspiration. It won't last forever.

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Here are 40+ things I learned, quotes and highlights👇
When it comes to starting companies, the market trumps everything else.
Communities are a competitive advantage.
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All would-be creators wonder: "What am I an expert in? What can I teach?"

And most of us think: "Nothing."

We know much more than we think.

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The first question would-be creators ask: “What am I an expert in? What can I teach?”

Imposter syndrome says: “Nothing. You aren’t an expert. There’s still so much you don’t know. You can’t teach.”
The more we learn about a subject, the less certain we become.
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A ton of learnings from the conversation between @jackbutcher and @bzaidi on Creator Lab

40+ takeaways 👇
FYI, this is episode 2 with @jackbutcher, so check out the first for more tactics and his story
The economics of the creator economy have changed in the last decade.

You no longer need a huge audience to make a living.

1000 true fans to 100 true fans.
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13 Jan
We're all using the wrong terms for remote work.

Today's atomic essay (thread below)👇
One of the early adopters of remote work was @photomatt, founder of Wordpress.

He now runs Automattic, Wordpress’s parent company, with 1300 employees who are all remote.
Except they don’t call it remote. They call it distributed.

For Matt, language matters. No one wants to be remote.
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Remote work is here to stay.

But there's a cost: culture.

Today's atomic essay (thread below) 👇
There is now more remote work than ever.

Entire industries are shifting to be remote.

But there is a hidden cost: culture.
Culture is the name for how it feels to work at a particular place.

It may include things like speed and execution but it also includes things like camaraderie and humour.
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Love this piece on writing...so many gems: poynter.org/reporting-edit…
11. Prefer the simple over the technical.

Use shorter words, sentences and paragraphs at points of complexity.
21. Know when to back off and when to show off.

When the topic is most serious, understate; when least serious, exaggerate.
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