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It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work

Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson

5 mins

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This book helps you rethink the current work-yourself-to-death culture and see how getting rid of these stressful mentalities will make you and your company more focused, calm, and productive.

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It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work

It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work

by Jason Fried

Overview

When did the world get so crazy about work? It seems like all of a sudden working 70 hours per week is a badge of honor instead of a sign of madness. Companies are even starting to call themselves your family, whatever that means.

What we need amid this mess of mixed priorities and skewed work-life balance is a reminder of what really matters. We need a way to get back to rationality. Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson are the founders of web-based software development firm Basecamp. In It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work, Fried and Hansson explore how to make the most of your time at work without losing your sanity.

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What's worse is that long hours, excessive busyness, and lack of sleep have become a badge of honor for many people these days. Sustained exhaustion is not a badge of honor, it's a mark of stupidity.

- Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

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