Recently I’ve seen a bunch of Personal Finance bloggers writing about Larry Wingnet’s new book You’re Broke Because You Want to Be and some of his older work. Needless to say this caught my interest since in general they had good things to say about him. So as I was in the bookstore browsing these caught my attention. Because they had been mentioned by a few bloggers lately it made the books pretty much jump off the shelf. I couldn’t resist and I picked up It’s Called Work for a Reason!. A couple days later the book was done and I have to say that it was a very refreshing read.
The whole premise of the book is Larry’s take on the fact that in general we in North America really don’t do our jobs that well, if at all. I have to say that I couldn’t agree more. Working over the last 12 or so years I have basically come to the same conclusions that he has: people waste a great deal of their time. I know that over those years I’ve been one of those people from time to time so I’m not innocent in any way shape or form. Larry’s book takes a very simple look at the whole issue of work and gives us all very profound kick in the pants. We’ve forgotten that it’s called work for a reason. Its not called lets stand around the water cooler talking about lunch but work.
His straight forward no holds barred style was very fun to read since it hammered the point home with amazing clarity. Success is driven by results not how much time or effort you put in but by the output you produce. One of the things that really jumped out at me wasn’t the fact that in general we don’t work as hard as we could (hell everyone has bad days) but that the style and message of the book was very down to earth and it highlighted what we can do to really succeed in a down to earth manner.
Aside from the overall message of the book there were a few sections that I really liked: the chapter on customer service and the one on sales. The chapter on customer service was quite entertaining with its examples but also very true. We don’t provide good customer service and in general we just don’t understand its impact and importance. Apathy and bad customers service are simply no excuse and that is oh so true.
The chapter on sales was eye opening since it really comes down to sales at the end of the day. If you’re not selling your product or service there is no money coming through the door. No matter how well you’re doing your job or how much you think you deserve a paycheck if there are no sales then there is no money.
I have to say I really enjoyed this book and I would recommend it to anyone who’s working or likely to find themselves working at some point (yes that’s pretty much everyone). The no nonsense, down to earth manner with which he approaches the topic should get a few people to realize just how little they’re doing. All over the world we see great examples of productivity and accomplishments yet they’re not constant and I haven’t seen any major accomplishments in North America for a while. I think Larry’s book might help resolve some of those problems.