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on February 20, 2016
Where did this guy come from.
Vitamins for the mind.
One of my favorite inputs from him...say no to everything and then when something comes up...if you can't contain your "yes" then you know the idea was meant for you. Don't default and overwhelm yourself and water down your impact to those around you - be selective.
I've done this many times and it's freeing to start with an automatic no.
Has a great podcast with Tim Ferriss.
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on July 3, 2011
An easy 1-2 hour read that will inspire those who may be "stuck". His website/blog/animated videos are also great ([...]).

The book is an excerpt of how Sivers was rejected by the big record labels and then decided to post his own music on the web for sale. This was several years before PayPal was even invented and iTunes was still many years away. In building this hobby into a business, it was always about the "artists" and sharing their music. After "maximizing" his company and the "joy" of running it had lost its luster, he sold it for a cool $22MM... and largely gave it all charity and reinvested into supporting independent music distribution.

Some of the key quotes that caught my attention:

- If it's not a hit, switch
- I Miss the Mob
- Obvious to You. Amazing to Others
- If you think life's purpose needs to hit you like a lightning bolt, you'll overlook the little day-to-day things that fascinate you; if you think revolution meeds to feel like war, you'll overlook the importance of simply serving people better.
- Ideas are just a multiplier of execution
- Success comes from persistently improving and inventing, not from persistently doing what's not working.
- Never forget that absolutely everything you do is for your customers.

Sivers reminded me to "pay close attention to when you're being the real you and when you're trying to impress the invisible jury" (similar to Marcus Buckingham Go Put Your Strengths to Work). His words struck at my own motivations and pressure/stress that I self-inflict.

He also encourages through his book to innovate, and ignore how many others may have already executed the same idea... build upon the idea/service/product. Don't wait for the perfect idea. Experiment and start building with incremental improvements along the way.

Thanks to Sivers for an inspirational, quick but meaningful read.
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on May 9, 2014
Loved this book!

Our book club author Parin Patel wrote:
When Derek Sivers started CD Baby in 1998, he simply wanted a way to sell his own CD.

Derek’s journey from a musician, to business owner, to entrepreneur, has been filled with many life and business lessons which he shares in Anything You Want. And perhaps the most powerful lesson is just that: you can have anything you want.

Actionable Books summarized this through their book club, to check out the rest of Parin's summary, go to [...]
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on August 14, 2011
A very good read, with good stories of Sivers' years as owner/operator of his own business. He presents his own errors and successes in a witty, readable style. The whole book has many good life-lessons for both entrepreneurs and people who want to improve themselves. You should be able to read this book cover-to-cover in an afternoon, allowing even busy people to enjoy this great book.
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on March 23, 2014
A fair and honest man builds store with bare hands. Store grows in size while owner remains hardworking and committed to his suppliers. A balance of customer satisfaction and profit is realized and one day, sensing his usefulness at the store has passed, wisely sells store and uses 95% of proceeds to fund a charity of great importance to the man. A modest lifestyle is sustained with the balance and the fruits of a life well-lived are his gift to the universe. Amen.
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on November 28, 2011
I knew nothing about the author, Derek Sivers, before reading this book. Read it with an open mind as if you understand the true essence of his character, and think about how his philosophies apply to you and your world, this book will offer personal development opportunities for you. It's well worth the read!
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on February 3, 2015
Well written and exciting story that's both educational AND inspirational. Not so much a "how to" as a "why to."

Great stuff - highly recommended.
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on April 2, 2016
Derek is a great storyteller. He shares a fresh perspective on how entrepreneurship can fulfill your creative vision. Highly recommended
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on April 1, 2016
Really thought provoking. Sheds a different light on things and is a refreshing perspective to the grow or die mentality that pervades
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on January 30, 2016
Great business story of a great hobby that broke through a brick wall set by the industry itself. Author shared common mistakes of business starting
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