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- Publisher: Portfolio (Sept. 15 2015)
- Sold by: Penguin Group USA
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00SI0B5FS
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- Customer Reviews: 663 customer ratings
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"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."
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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
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
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.)--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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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.
Top international reviews
This book is not really going to tell you much about being an entrepreneur, but it is easy to read, with some though provoking sections. You get the idea that the author really has just done as he pleased and his success has come from a really laid back attitude, without regard for hard nosed business planning....so it was a bit of shock when he starts to talk about his 'business coach' at the back end of the book !
The author openly states he was .....right place, right time..... with his business proposition, with little thought of the gap in the market that he stumbled upon ! Its always difficult to buy into the entrepreneur flavour of the book after this....but I liked it and im sure you will too.
I wish I had this when I was in my mom's womb
In 1998 Derek Silvers created a website for independent musicians to sell their CDs called CD Baby. Throughout his time with CD Baby Sivers challenged big businesses and conventional business practises with his steadfast desire to help people (the musicians) and his desire to maintain a utopian vision, turning down big money at every opportunity from advertisement deals to buy out offers and purposefully making himself obsolete as a manager giving his employees power over everything - with differing levels of success.
Silvers decisions are guided by his philosophy of 'having enough', he didn't want to make millions, he already had money from being a musician, not a lot, but 'enough'. This is the reason fellow reviewers call this book life changing, I'd call it perspective changing (although a change in perspective can be life changing). Few people follow this type of philosophy and it's a refreshing approach to life.
He shares his triumphs and mistakes (mostly mistakes - that's a good thing, it's the point of the book, so others can learn). Including an unfortunate mistake where the combination of the fact he didn't read a contract with his father and some bad advice from a staff member at a bank lead to him having to buy 90% of the company back from his father for $3.3 million. Ouch.
Thought provoking, a must for any entrepreneur and anyone with an interested in business. Quick read too (took about an hour and a half to finish).
Quick note for Kindle users - the font is an easy to read serif typeface (sometimes books can have a thin hard to read font).
Many have had more and more varied experiences but few have managed to state their business values so succinctly.
Useful material but all from his personal experiences rather than a well thought-out concept.