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Screw Work Let’s Play, a Bookcast

August 27th, 2012


We had my favorite bostonian Andreas Dietzel on our podcast talking about one of my favorite books. “Screw Work Let´s Play”. This is a Do-It-Yourself book that showed me the first steps towards doing what I love on a full time basis. One important secret is, as the cover says, “… and get paid for it”.

I needed to get paid well in order to put in the time and effort to do quality work. What did I do?

I found out what I really love doing. Helping good people with sales training. I found clients that needed that kind of help. And I put all my effort and time into helping them. You need you to put enough time and effort into the work with each customer to make a insanely great results. The only way it is possible to do this is to ask the right price. Click here to read a blogpost about the right price, fear and Bruce Lee.

It also includes saying no to the clients you can only help to solve 80% of the problem for. You cannot have too many customers either. If you want to know more, listen to the Bookcasting Podcast and you will get some of the answer to that question.

A Soundbite and a tweet

Here is John Williams the author of “Screw Work Let´s Play” own story about escaping 9-5 , read by me: My Escape from the world of jobs.

Get Screw Work Let’s Play:

Read Screw Work Let´s Play and get one step closer to getting paid to do great work that you love doing.

Other blogposts about Screw Work Let’s Play:

Meet me in the cafés or on backstreets around Rodeløkka and I might give you “Let’s Play” for free. Like I did to this guy one freezing day downtown Oslo:

Andreas Dietzel gets his PlayBook

Gave away @johnsw book to @noekult tuesday night.

Eirik gets a book at Fuglen Cafe downtown Oslo.

Got a package from Amazon :-D I will give these away.



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  1. January 22nd, 2012

    Thanks for the review – glad you like my book. Really interesting to hear someone else tell a part of my story!

    • olavea #
      February 29th, 2012

      Sure. I have given away your book to four people and the feedback has been very positive.

      About your story. I would like to help people to find their moment of magic. I try to help them.

  2. January 23rd, 2012

    Spennende hint. Legger boka i leselista!

    • olavea #
      February 29th, 2012

      Knallers. Har du fått lest den?

  3. MORTEN #
    January 23rd, 2012

    Hvor kan jeg kjøre den boka!

    • January 23rd, 2012

      Hei Morten! Bare klikk på linken så får du boka i posten fra

  4. Giles #
    March 30th, 2012

    This book, which I have spead-read really told me the very worst about the self-help industry. It really is like one of those works written by one of the inmates. You have to remember that the author has NO background at all in psychology or therapy. Well we live in a free society and anybody can write a book, but why trust a pseudo-academic book with no references, clearly very little research has gone into this book. What it really is is an excuse to write an autobiography and then get people to read it by saying that it is actually a book that can help others. It is about as helpful as that old classic ‘Sexploitation & The Media’. The ideas contained in this book are shallow, vague, commonplace and actually expose a lack of reading, a lack of contact with people who do very ordinary jobs every day of their working lives for the whole of their lives. What is wrong with working in a steel works or shop for your entire career? Without a lot of people doing a lot of mundane boring jobs all their lives our society would actually implode. Williams fails to understand what the capitalist miracle is, we don’t die of old age at 32 in a mud hut, but because of a co-operative effort called society most of us actually muddle along quite well. The danger of this book is that a kind of elitism is being peddled in the guise of a meritocractic option. The reality is that most people cannot transcend their day-to-day lives and that trying to opt out because one finds drudgery disagreeable and one would rather have creative and profitable experiences is actually a little lazy. I do wonder what the author would make of the artist starving in a garret but compelled to produce great art which would be unrecognised until after their death. I do not think that this book would have helped a valid creative such as Van Gogh in the slightest. I think the author needs to read a little sociology and a little economics before advising others to opt out of society. The wealth test is a complete fabrication in my opinion, based on a yuppie ideal and NO research. The author needs to do some field work, getting a little dirty, in the footsteps of Engels, London and Orwell because he clearly has spent little time in the world most ordinary people inhabit.

    • olavea #
      May 15th, 2012

      I am sad to hear you did not take the time to read this inspiring book, Giles. I have read it and have shaped my life and work to fit my personality. Not only based on this book, but based on my own experience and that of others.

      As for the “artist starving in a garret but compelled to produce great art which would be unrecognised until after their death.”

      Two of my friends make their living from their art. There is nothing “lazy” about them. Actually they are some of the hardest working individuals I know. The basis of their financial success however is not only hard work, but an open mindedness allowing them to learn from other people with experience from business. These two particular friends have listened to me, and some of my advice to them have come from “Screw Work Let´s Play”. I am proud to say my friends have both successfully implemented some of this advice.

      I have “read a little sociology and a little economics” and I still say:

      Do the work you do best. You will have more fun and your customers will be more happy!

      • Giles #
        August 29th, 2012

        I did read this book thanks. I did not say that struggling artists were lazy. Doing the work you do best is not the same as running a business. If you have to read self-help books then you should be an employee and not a boss. This book propagates the myth that anybody can run a business. It simply is not true.

  5. olavea #
    August 29th, 2012

    Well Giles, thank you for your comment. I disagree with your statement about “doing the work…”.

    “Doing the work you do best” is the core of a business with happy customers, in my experience. Happy customers is the core of running a business. Any person who can do the work she does best and make her customers happy has a good chance at running a business.

  6. August 30th, 2012

    Giles – this just begs the question, are you an employee or a boss?

    • olavea #
      September 3rd, 2012

      What did you take away from this book Tom Erik?

      • September 3rd, 2012

        One major take was that I realized I am actually a scanner, meaning my attention tends to shift between projects, and I get really excited about taking on new challenges. In the past, this quality has led me to think that I am a quitter, that I am unable to take things through to the end, and I was ashamed of it. Now I realize it’s a. who I am and b. very valuable. The book helped me understand how I can use this quality to be even better at what I do, and to understand it as a positive force.

        Also, the idea that you should be doing something you are passionate about resonates with me. I believe that work defines a huge part of you you are, and more people should take care to check if what they are doing for a living is what they really want to be doing for a living.

        This book isn’t about being an employee or a boss, but being in command of your own life. Of course, running a business takes skills beyond just being passionate, but it sure as hell goes a long way.

    • September 4th, 2012

      Uhm… I’m gonna go with… boss.

      • olavea #
        September 10th, 2012


  7. September 10th, 2012

    While I haven’t read this book yet, it certainly looks interesting! And some discussion you started! :)

  8. September 10th, 2012

    I’m coming to this post late. The conversation interests me. I have not read the book in question, and I’ll be seriously professional. I’m an human and organizational development practitioner. My life’s work is to facilitate engagement, participation and collaboration, and bring joy and playfulness to work to increase meaning, purposefulness and productivity. When you ask people what have been the best experiences in their career, they will light up and talk more freely, as you state, Ola. They excitedly talk about when they contributed, were listened to, had good relationships, enjoyed the work and could see the results of their efforts. Having autonomy ranks always very highly.

    Scientific fact: when you access positive emotions in people, you create cognitive and physiological shifts. Their thought/action repertoire expands, meaning they become more broad in their thinking, more open with others, creativity flows more easily and the body relaxes and can lower blood pressure and heart rate. On the other hand, when you are tense and stressed, your mind and body shut down and ….. all the negative stuff can happen. Take a look at Play is Vital.(

    Aligned to how your emotions translate into thoughts and actions is the practice of working to your strengths. When your natural talents (strengths) are used, you get into that flow state and time doesn’t matter. Workplaces that are aware of this can create environments where people will feel more satisfied and fulfilled at work. So it’s a two way responsibility – the individual takes responsibility to know what turns them on, and organization designers take responsibility that they create systems, policies and structures that enable employees to do their best work, playfully!

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