I am so glad I bought and read Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson’s latest book It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work. The book is a collection of succinct and insightful essays on how to work calmly and effectively. Alongside those, it teaches great lessons on leadership which ties into how Jason and DHH run their company, Basecamp. I feel lucky to have found and read book at this stage in my career. I loved the book so much that and I am keeping it as my go-to leadership handbook.
The essays are quick and easy to read. I think their ideas are nonconformist. Yet they don’t sound weird and make perfect sense.
I also enjoy reading their blog Signal v. Noise where they share great posts that overlap with some of the book’s content. I specifically recommend Jason’s articles on iterating and flip-flopping which are close to my beliefs.
I also recently listened to Jason’s Hurry Slowly episode and loved it. I am yet to get to his Tim Ferriss Show episode but I know it is going to be a great masterclass which I am saving up for later.
I highly recommend this book because you will learn loads of ideas on how to run a calm team and have a calm career; which seems daunting in this fast-paced and hustle-loving world. This book may shatter all the notions you have about what it means to have a great career.