Posted on March 21st, 2012
When I envisioned the paperback copy of enough, in it’s final form, the picture I had in my mind was less about how it would look but, more importantly, how people would read it. As Steve Jobs famously said:
“Most people make the mistake of thinking design is what it looks like. People think it’s this veneer – that the designers are handed this box and told, ‘Make it look good!’ That’s not what we think design is. It’s not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”
I wrote the book with the goal of making it look good and work well. I wanted something that was easy to read as one normally does, front to back. I also wanted something that people could pick up, flip to almost any page, have something that could be read in a short amount of time, and take away from it something to think about. We all have busy lives. Sometimes, we don’t even have enough time to sit down and even read a short book. With enough, there is something within to fit any moment.
Have a couple of hours? Great! Sit down and read the whole thing. Highlight sections and take notes in the margins with abandon. Dive deep and reflect on it all. Fill your mind with ideas and topics to ruminate on for weeks to come.
Only have five or ten minutes? Fantastic! Flip to the first essay that catches your eye and read it. Dog ear it so you know you have read it. Take away something to think about until next time.
Only have a few seconds? No problem. See those little “Interludes”? Those one or two sentence ideas scattered throughout? Flip to one, read it, then meditate on that for a bit while you get back to your day.
I guess this is to say that, while there is no right way to read enough, that any amount of time is enough time to get something out of it.