The first hard thing about the book is, it is primarily for the particular crowd. The crowd that adores the journey of CEO rather dreams to become one.
The Ben has spoken some harsh truths about the journey of nearly every entrepreneur. Ben may slap you, may sound pessimistic but Ben wants you to hear things which can happen, which happen, often.
Ben narrates his story, delivers motivation, talks about his decisions which he made precisely, to teach some noble management lessons. Author is loud and clear & hence sometimes may sound a bit arrogant.
Talking about profanity, culture, firing executives Ben keeps hitting the knock out punches. If business was a sport then Ben was among the hard-core working athletes for sure.
The narratives and descriptions are good. The pieces of advice are unconventional. The writing approach is aggressive. The love of rap is so visible even to any raw reader. Indeed the way Ben carries the flow is an essence of rap.
The Ben is more warrior & less company official. He is a wartime CEO & an eccentric teacher. You’re supposed to keep an open mind while reading as you may feel Ben praising itself often. It poked some readers out there as he wasn’t the CEO of charm, fame or any glorious monopoly.
Yet, the book is useless for the people belonging to domains other than startups & entrepreneurship. I’ll suggest this book to the specific crowd out there for notable reasons like, the flow of the book is more teaching-oriented, the book is terrifyingly realistic and so can make you feel pessimism.
Ben speaks the truth. Keeps it simple. He’s a good writer and a great entrepreneur for sure. Visiting the book is highly recommended for all the self-made people out there that’s all I can say eventually.
“Every time I read a management or self-help book, I find myself saying, “That’s fine, but that wasn’t really the hard thing about the situation.” The hard thing isn’t setting a big, hairy, audacious goal. The hard thing is laying people off when you miss the big goal. The hard thing isn’t hiring great people. The hard thing is when those “great people” develop a sense of entitlement and start demanding unreasonable things. The hard thing isn’t setting up an organizational chart. The hard thing is getting people to communicate within the organization that you just designed. The hard thing isn’t dreaming big. The hard thing is waking up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat when the dream turns into a nightmare.”Ben Horowitz, The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers