Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur

Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur

by Derek Sivers
     
 

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HIS STORY IS YOUR STORY.

When anyone can start a business (when everyone is running their career like a business), it begs a question. This is your one chance at life, you can have anything you want, what is worth doing?

Most people don't know why they're doing what they're doing. They imitate others, go with the flow, and follow paths without making their

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HIS STORY IS YOUR STORY.

When anyone can start a business (when everyone is running their career like a business), it begs a question. This is your one chance at life, you can have anything you want, what is worth doing?

Most people don't know why they're doing what they're doing. They imitate others, go with the flow, and follow paths without making their own.

They spend decades in pursuit of something that someone convinced them they should want, without realizing that it won't make them happy.

Anything You Want is a manifesto about living life, appreciating enough, and doing what matters. It's most of what fabled entrepreneur Derek Sivers learned in ten years of starting and growing a small business, compacted into something you can listen to in an hour and a half.

A life worth living starts with knowing your personal philosophy of what makes you happy and what's worth doing.

LET'S GET STARTED.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"If you want a true manifesto, a guidebook with clear signposts, and a fun ride you'll return to again and again, you have it here in this book. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did."
—TIM FERRISS, author of The 4-Hour Workweek

"[I] burned through the book in about an hour. Wow. Really. Derek shares some of the principles (and anti-principles) he learned and applied during his time as an accidental entrepreneur and how to grow a business without losing your soul."
—TODD HENRY, author of Die Empty

"One of the best hours you’ll ever spend will be reading Derek Sivers’s new book…Anything You Want."
—Forbes

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781936719112
Publisher:
The Domino Project
Publication date:
06/29/2011
Pages:
88
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.70(d)

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Title Page

Copyright

Dedication

Ten years of experience in one hour

What’s your compass?

Just selling my CD

Make a dream come true

A business model with only two numbers

This ain’t no revolution

If it’s not a hit, switch

No “yes.” Either “Hell yeah!” or “no.”

Just like that, my plan completely changed

The advantage of no funding

Start now. No funding needed.

Ideas are just a multiplier of execution

Formalities play on fear. Bravely refuse.

The strength of many little customers

Proudly exclude people

Why no advertising?

This is just one of many options

You don’t need a plan or a vision

“I miss the mob.”

How do you grade yourself?

Care about your customers more than about yourself

Act like you don’t need the money

Don’t punish everyone for one person’s mistake

A real person, a lot like you

You should feel pain when you’re unclear

The most successful e-mail I ever wrote

Little things make all the difference

It’s OK to be casual

Naive quitting

Prepare to double

It’s about being, not having

The day Steve Jobs dissed me in a keynote

My $3.3 million mistake

Delegate or die: The self-employment trap

Make it anything you want

Trust, but verify

Delegate, but don’t abdicate

How I knew I was done

Why I gave my company to charity

You make your perfect world

Contact me anytime

Acknowledgments

Dedicated entirely to Seth Godin.
This book only exists because of his encouragement.

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Ten years of experience in one hour

From 1998 to 2008, I had this wild experience of starting a little hobby, accidentally growing it into a big business, and then selling it for $22 million. So now people want to hear my thoughts.

People ask me about that experience, so I tell stories about how it went for me. Many of them are about all the things I did wrong. I made some horrible mistakes.

People ask my advice on how to approach situations in their lives or businesses, so I explain how I approach things. But my approach is just one way, and I could argue against it as well.

I’m not really suggesting that anyone should be like me. I’m pretty unusual, so what works for me might not work for others. But enough people thought that my stories and the philosophies I developed from this experience were worth sharing, so here we are.

This is most of what I learned in ten years, compacted into something you can read in an hour.

I hope you find these ideas useful for your own life or business. I also hope you disagree with some of them. Then I hope you e-mail me to tell me about your different point of view, because that’s my favorite part of all. (I’m a student, not a guru.)

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Meet the Author

Derek Sivers is best known as the founder of CD Baby. A professional musician (and circus clown)
since 1987, Derek started CD Baby by accident in 1998 when he was selling his own CD on his website, and friends asked if he could sell theirs, too. CD Baby was the largest seller of independent music on the web, with over $100M in sales for over 150,000 musician clients. After he won the
2003 World Technology Award, Esquire Magazine’s annual “Best and Brightest“ cover story said,
“Derek Sivers is changing the way music is bought and sold... one of the last music-business folk heroes.” In 2008, Derek sold CD Baby to focus on his new ventures to benefit musicians, including his new company MuckWork where teams of efficient assistants help musicians do their “uncreative dirty work”. His current projects and writings are all at sivers.org.

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