What a way to start a book!

May 25th, 2010

First page of Ricardo Semler’s book “The Seven Day Weekend”.

This has to be one of the best openings to a book I’ve ever read.

It reads:

1. Why are we able to answer emails on Sundays, but unable to go to the movies on Monday afternoons?

2. Why can’t we take the kids to work if we can take work home?

3. Why do we think the opposite of work is leisure, when in fact it is idleness?

Nevertheless it has set a high bar.

If you haven’t read it, grab a copy, also grab his first book Maverick it’s incredible.

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2 Responses to “What a way to start a book!”

  1. Cameron Says:

    Love this book, read this a couple of years ago.
    Perhaps time for a re-read.

    Love the concept where employees have to interview and approve any new manager hires…

  2. Daniel Says:

    Ricardo Semler is a genius. I haven’t read this book – but know his work, and what a great title! Makes “The 4 Hour Working Week” look passe!
    Worth noting that Apple has a very progressive stance with its employees – no time logging, no insistance on #-hours worked – just as long as you are doing the job, massively invest in training, no “come to work” time. They understand that intellectual work like software development and design can happen anywhere – and isn’t necessarily happening because you are chained to a desk.
    … and Apple has just become the world’s largest Tech Company.

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