Anything You Want Hardcover – Jun 29 2011
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Tim Ferriss Reviews Anything You Want
Tim Ferriss is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The 4-Hour Body and The 4-Hour Workweek. He has a diverse background of experience, including working as an actor, speaking seven foreign languages, holding a world record in tango, and being a national Chinese kickboxing champion. He has written for Maxim and the Philadelphia Inquirer, has appeared on MTV and CBS radio, and has been interviewed or featured in such major publications as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and more. Read his review of Derek Sivers's Anything You Want:
I love this book!
Derek is the entrepreneur's entrepreneur. Just as important, perhaps more so--he is a phenomenal teacher. Whether detailing the fascinating rise of CDBaby, explaining catastrophic (but common) founder mistakes, or teaching me about relational databases in two minutes using analogies, he makes the complex simple. Moreover, he makes it all actionable.
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
"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."
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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 [...]
Great stuff - highly recommended.
Most recent customer reviews
I've followed Derek for a few years now. He has an interesting take and often contrarian view. Although some things I do not agree with he does provide helpful advice in certain... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jason
Finally! A business book for creative bohemians. Inspiring and pithy.Published 1 month ago by Dominic Ali
Derek is a great storyteller. He shares a fresh perspective on how entrepreneurship can fulfill your creative vision. Highly recommendedPublished 3 months ago by Ron Lehman
Really thought provoking. Sheds a different light on things and is a refreshing perspective to the grow or die mentality that pervadesPublished 3 months ago by A. C. Rybar
Great business story of a great hobby that broke through a brick wall set by the industry itself. Author shared common mistakes of business startingPublished 6 months ago by tetyana salapata