I’m in the middle of Rework by the founders of 37Signals. This is a great book with much of the attitude of our own New Rockstar Philosophy book. Each chapter is a quick thought/look at a part of the business world. Some may be turned off by a “Business book” but a successful band must turn into a business type entity if it wants to stay successful. I just hit upon the Hiring section and DIY is the first subject.
“Never hire anyone to do a job until you’ve tried to do it yourself first”
Obviously DIY means do it yourself, but for some reason trying every job never quite got through my head. Recently I tried hiring out for a job that I still haven’t done and essentially the whole thing fell apart because I didn’t know what qualifications the job needed. Once again I learned my lesson, but reading Rework reinforced my resolve to Do It Yourself first.