It’s Called Work for a Reason!
By Larry Winget
I will admit that I have avoided reading this book for years. Not because I dislike work or am not dedicated to doing a good job. Rather, I had problems with the cover. The front cover of the book is emblazoned with gold lettering and features a man wearing sunglasses, flowered shirt, gaudy rings, and chartreuse boots. First impressions are everything. My first impression was: how could someone who dresses like that teach? I am happy to say that I was wrong. Winget proved to be more insightful than I gave him credit for.
There were a few main takeaways from this book for me.
- Your job is to get results, not work hard. While I had been putting this principle into action prior to this, it was much more haphazard than I would have liked. No one to date had put it quite this way, and I found it a good shift in perspective.
- Success is simple, but not easy. Success comes from hard work, being focused and delivering what you say you will. I had come to suspect this for myself. I’ve never heard a success story that went “I got an opportunity and thought, I’m just going to wing this one.”
- Ethics is never a sometimes thing. I don’t think I really need to go into this more than that.
Stylistically, It’s Called Work is highly conversational. I don’t mind this in general, but I DO mind the excessive use of exclamation points. To quote Greg Proops, “I believe that exclamation points should never, if ever be used.
There was one point which I strongly disagreed with Winget on, and that was the issue of harassment in the workplace. His general policy is “suck it up if no one is actively groping you or threating your job”. This is a naïve way to look at how women are treated in the workplace in general, and I cannot condone that part of the book.
All in all, the book is worth your time.