How to Get What You Want

A short primer for ambitious people (book)

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#4 Product of the DayJanuary 04, 2015
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Jason Shen
Jason ShenMaker@jasonshen · Co-founder, Headlight
Wrote this book over the holidays and excited to share with with the community. First time being a Maker on Product Hunt!. Also, if you want a preview of the book, just click on the book cover to read some sample chapters!
Tiffany Stone
Tiffany Stone@tiffanydstone · Founder of BrightEyes
@jasonshen Congrats Jason! Looking forward to reading it!
Rob Isaacs
Rob Isaacs@isaacsrda · Founder, &us
Hey Jason, Not sure how useful or relevant this is but it was a massive turn off for me to read that you wrote this in 2 weeks. Before I invest my time into reading a book I definitely want to at least believe it's carefully written and considered. All that being said, I'm still interested, so I'll certainly browse your website. Rob
Steven Hambleton
Steven Hambleton@stinhambo · Founder, Emailancer
@isaacsrda To be fair, the header does say "a *short* primer"
Jason Shen
Jason ShenMaker@jasonshen · Co-founder, Headlight
@isaacsrda hey Rob - that's a totally fair point. I did want to acknowledge that this was not a month long or year long project as to set expectations. This book also isn't going to take you as long to read as a typical book because it is shorter. You can also sample some of the pages to get a sense of what it is about by clicking the cover. Are you familiar with the execute book? It was written in 8 days. http://executebook.com/ And remember, that even if I wrote this book in 2 weeks, it encompasses things I have been thinking about for much longer.
Jonathan Howard
Jonathan HowardHiring@staringispolite · Growth engineer & founder
@isaacsrda @JasonShen Good points, and I was also thinking about this. The site mentions that if a person liked your blog, they'd like the book (but it contains new content). If you include blog content, how long was the book's content in the works?
Jason Shen
Jason ShenMaker@jasonshen · Co-founder, Headlight
@isaacsrda @staringispolite Great question. When I said "completely new material" I meant that the book did not contain any blog content. Simply that the book content was similar to content on the blog.
James Greig
James Greig@j_greig · Digital designer and writer
Doing an audio version is a neat touch.
Jason Shen
Jason ShenMaker@jasonshen · Co-founder, Headlight
@j_greig Thanks! I've done podcasts before but this was my first time recording text to speech like that. An interesting challenge for sure. You end up ad-libbing a little bit. It was also a great way to do final edits for clarity and smoothness.
James Greig
James Greig@j_greig · Digital designer and writer
@JasonShen A great way to check if you really do "Write like you talk" :) (I try to)
Tim Cigelske
Tim Cigelske@teecycletim · Social Media Director, Marquette Unive…
Love the different options on your website. What did you use to build the site?
Jason Shen
Jason ShenMaker@jasonshen · Co-founder, Headlight
@TeecycleTim Thanks Tim. I used Brown: a Wordpress theme I bought off of ThemeForest. http://themeforest.net/item/brow...
Kevin Yu
Kevin Yu@misteryu1029 · Avant/ReadyForZero
Thanks for sharing Jason!