Reworking toward success
As regular readers of this blog know, I am a pretty big fan of 37signals, the creators of, among other things, Basecamp project management software and Ruby on Rails programming framework and authors of the Signal vs. Noise blog--one of my daily must reads. 37signals is a polarizing company within tech and startup circles, namely because they have a very distinct point of view when it comes to their products and running their business. As a fan of action, constraints, and simplicity--as well as people and companies with a point of view--it so happens to be a point of view that resonates with me.
Last week, Rework, a business book authored by the two founders of 37 Signals, Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, hit the shelves. It is a short read that packs a punch, summarizing and expanding upon many of the themes often referred to on their blog and in their keynotes.
Although I am only half way through the book because I keep getting caught rereading passages, I already want to buy a copy for everyone I know either to validate their current business practices or to expose them to alternative ways of doing things. I am not a dogmatic person so I would by no means suggest that philosophies espoused in Rework are best for everyone, but exposure to concepts such as fire the martyr who burns the midnight oil for the sake of it, or don't waste your time with 30 page business plans and 10 year revenue projections can't hurt.
I was struck by one concept in particular: focus on learning from success, not from failure.
Simple, right? In my personal life I am always trying to focus on what is going right and what I want, and expand upon those things, yet prevailing wisdom is to fail early and often. It's completely acceptable to fail, as long as you learn from that failure. I have always agreed with this notion, but the idea of learning from success even in the context of failure resonates more deeply with me.
Reading this book has also reminded me of so many of the things I love about working with Bandsintown. While I don't think Todd or Phil have conscientiously tried to do things the "37signals way", they have intuitively made decisions in running the company that are fast, restrained and geared toward being a viable business. As someone who has invested much of her time, energy and personal financial resources into that vision, it's great to see those practices so strongly affirmed.
Alexis Rodich| March 18, 2010; 12:05 PM ET Save & Share:
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