Anything You Want

Anything You Want

Best known for creating CD Baby, the most popular music site for independent artists, founder Derek Sivers chronicles his ?accidental? success and failures into this concise and inspiring book on how to create a multi-million dollar company by following your passion. In Anything You Want, Sivers details his journey and the lessons learned along the way of creating CD Baby Best known for creating CD Baby, the most popular music site for independent artists, founder Derek Sivers chronicles ...

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Title:Anything You Want
Author:Derek Sivers
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Genres:Business
ISBN:B00506NRBS
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:90 pages pages

Anything You Want Reviews

  • Rob
    Jul 15, 2012

    The first time I ever spoke to Derek Sivers, I accused him of ripping me off. I had seen his great TEDx video called "Why You Need to Fail" and I wrote him to complain. (Jokingly of course.) I told him "I wrote THE book on failing." Derek gives his e-mail address on his websit...

    A couple of Derek Sivers stories: My first CD Baby order was #17697, for 8 discs, in 2000. When I got the now-famous colorful shipment notice I thought I?d actually been the first brand new customer to order as many as 8 albums. I thought the email had been crafted for me, in part...

    Awesome little book, I will keep re-reading. I love the opening pages - "10 years of experience in 1 hour". This book is written by Derek Sivers, who started a business called CDbaby that he later sold for $22 million. One of my favourite parts of the book was the graph at the begi...

    I like Derek Sivers a lot. He has fantastic stories and has great advice. I love to read his stuff. However, reading this book made me realize that he is more of a product of survivorship bias. This book was filled with two types of lessons: good business advice and then advice t...

    Seth Godin recommended this book for every entrepreneur. I just bought it in kindle format. It's introduction tells that you could learn an author's entire experience of creating business within one hour or two... which, unbelievably, I managed to finish it within exactly one hour b...

    Amazing little book of mostly unconventional entrepreneurship wisdom. Highly recommended! ...

    Ok, so I read this because apparently everyone in web development has been raving about it and I am not really that blown away. I don't know why I had such a different experience from others, but most of the things said in this book just seemed common sense to me. I didn't feel lik...

    Quick read but insightful. The basic premise, as I understood it, is to spend your life doing things that bring you happiness, which is not as straightforward as it seems. Too often, we spend our time doing what we think will make us happy, or what we think others expect from us, or wh...

    I have loved reading Derek Sivers' essays for the longest time. And even though I've read some of the ones mentioned in the book before, they were still as fresh and thought provoking as ever. I listened to the audio book narrated by Mr. Sivers himself, it added another layer of per...

    An interesting read, more like you've sat down over a couple of drinks, and he's spilled his story out on the table. ...

    I have a secret desire to found a technology startup, which probably comes from reading too much Hacker News. I'm pretty happy with my current job, and I don't think I'd actually handle the stress of doing a startup very well, so I doubt it will ever happen. But reading books like this...

    Actually I knew the author, Derek Sivers from his TED speeches: "How to start a movement," "Keep your goals to yourself," and "Weired, or just different?," not from this book. At glance of my thought about him is that he is interested in a big range of topics, but he points out the cor...

    Derek Sivers is not your everyday person or entrepreneur. He has a solid philosophy of life which he executes in a way few dares to do, as it breaks with many cultural norms. In many ways, CD Baby, the backdrop story of this book was the time he discovered his philosophy and got awa...

    Simple message told simply by an author and an business owner who admits to liking simplicity: Do what you like is the best strategy for better business management. Don't get driven into the usual way of doing and managing your business. Your business is YOUR business. Do what you like...

    I fucking love this guy ...

    Quick, easy, very inspirational read -- particularly for entrepreneurs. Love Derek's story and fierce commitment to happiness, simplicity and doing what's best for his customers. ...

    Wow. Amazing book that is compact enough to read in one hour in one sitting yet informative enough to cause your brain to explode with new ideas and inspiration. I needed this, badly. This book gave me the wake up call after five years of being an entrepreneur. I love every single p...

    Anything You Want by Derek Sivers It?s not what you think. The title causes someone to think of some sort of name it and claim it gospel or a how to guide to accumulate mass amounts of whatever you want. Derek Sivers is behind one of the most important lessons on leadership on the...

    Summary: - The goal is happiness, not money. - Be persistent in iterating, not in doing what doesn't work. - Just focus on making customers happy. Go above and beyond for them. If they're not begging you to let them pay you for the service, keep iterating until they are. - Don't wo...

    I was first introduced to Derek Sivers while watching a TED Talk. I thought his three minute speech was brilliant, so when I saw that he had written a book I was very excited to read it. Sivers is the creator of CD Baby, a very successful online business that helps independent music...

    I added this to my list of books to read after it being recommended by Shawn Blanc's monthly book club. Although new books go to the bottom of my list, this one looked like a quick read and given Easter Monday I was able to consume within the hour. What I liked about this book was Sive...

    I've heard Derek's story multiple times in multiple formats, whether in a TED talk, on the Tim Ferriss show, or even on a random podcast where he shared his story, so I had heard many of the lessons distilled in here in different ways. I finally had the chance to knock back the 84 page...

    I read the audio version of this, read by the author himself. The book reads as a manifesto mixed with a retrospective. Derek SIvers founded CD Baby before iTunes, before even ecommerce was popular in order to help a few of his musician friends sell their own CDs online. The busines...

  • Jihad
    Aug 12, 2011

    The first time I ever spoke to Derek Sivers, I accused him of ripping me off. I had seen his great TEDx video called "Why You Need to Fail" and I wrote him to complain. (Jokingly of course.) I told him "I wrote THE book on failing." Derek gives his e-mail address on his websit...

    A couple of Derek Sivers stories: My first CD Baby order was #17697, for 8 discs, in 2000. When I got the now-famous colorful shipment notice I thought I?d actually been the first brand new customer to order as many as 8 albums. I thought the email had been crafted for me, in part...

    Awesome little book, I will keep re-reading. I love the opening pages - "10 years of experience in 1 hour". This book is written by Derek Sivers, who started a business called CDbaby that he later sold for $22 million. One of my favourite parts of the book was the graph at the begi...

    I like Derek Sivers a lot. He has fantastic stories and has great advice. I love to read his stuff. However, reading this book made me realize that he is more of a product of survivorship bias. This book was filled with two types of lessons: good business advice and then advice t...

    Seth Godin recommended this book for every entrepreneur. I just bought it in kindle format. It's introduction tells that you could learn an author's entire experience of creating business within one hour or two... which, unbelievably, I managed to finish it within exactly one hour b...

    Amazing little book of mostly unconventional entrepreneurship wisdom. Highly recommended! ...

    Ok, so I read this because apparently everyone in web development has been raving about it and I am not really that blown away. I don't know why I had such a different experience from others, but most of the things said in this book just seemed common sense to me. I didn't feel lik...

    Quick read but insightful. The basic premise, as I understood it, is to spend your life doing things that bring you happiness, which is not as straightforward as it seems. Too often, we spend our time doing what we think will make us happy, or what we think others expect from us, or wh...

    I have loved reading Derek Sivers' essays for the longest time. And even though I've read some of the ones mentioned in the book before, they were still as fresh and thought provoking as ever. I listened to the audio book narrated by Mr. Sivers himself, it added another layer of per...

  • Minah
    Jun 03, 2012

    The first time I ever spoke to Derek Sivers, I accused him of ripping me off. I had seen his great TEDx video called "Why You Need to Fail" and I wrote him to complain. (Jokingly of course.) I told him "I wrote THE book on failing." Derek gives his e-mail address on his websit...

    A couple of Derek Sivers stories: My first CD Baby order was #17697, for 8 discs, in 2000. When I got the now-famous colorful shipment notice I thought I?d actually been the first brand new customer to order as many as 8 albums. I thought the email had been crafted for me, in part...

    Awesome little book, I will keep re-reading. I love the opening pages - "10 years of experience in 1 hour". This book is written by Derek Sivers, who started a business called CDbaby that he later sold for $22 million. One of my favourite parts of the book was the graph at the begi...

    I like Derek Sivers a lot. He has fantastic stories and has great advice. I love to read his stuff. However, reading this book made me realize that he is more of a product of survivorship bias. This book was filled with two types of lessons: good business advice and then advice t...

    Seth Godin recommended this book for every entrepreneur. I just bought it in kindle format. It's introduction tells that you could learn an author's entire experience of creating business within one hour or two... which, unbelievably, I managed to finish it within exactly one hour b...

    Amazing little book of mostly unconventional entrepreneurship wisdom. Highly recommended! ...

    Ok, so I read this because apparently everyone in web development has been raving about it and I am not really that blown away. I don't know why I had such a different experience from others, but most of the things said in this book just seemed common sense to me. I didn't feel lik...

    Quick read but insightful. The basic premise, as I understood it, is to spend your life doing things that bring you happiness, which is not as straightforward as it seems. Too often, we spend our time doing what we think will make us happy, or what we think others expect from us, or wh...

    I have loved reading Derek Sivers' essays for the longest time. And even though I've read some of the ones mentioned in the book before, they were still as fresh and thought provoking as ever. I listened to the audio book narrated by Mr. Sivers himself, it added another layer of per...

    An interesting read, more like you've sat down over a couple of drinks, and he's spilled his story out on the table. ...

    I have a secret desire to found a technology startup, which probably comes from reading too much Hacker News. I'm pretty happy with my current job, and I don't think I'd actually handle the stress of doing a startup very well, so I doubt it will ever happen. But reading books like this...

    Actually I knew the author, Derek Sivers from his TED speeches: "How to start a movement," "Keep your goals to yourself," and "Weired, or just different?," not from this book. At glance of my thought about him is that he is interested in a big range of topics, but he points out the cor...

  • Alison Prendergast
    Jul 02, 2011

    The first time I ever spoke to Derek Sivers, I accused him of ripping me off. I had seen his great TEDx video called "Why You Need to Fail" and I wrote him to complain. (Jokingly of course.) I told him "I wrote THE book on failing." Derek gives his e-mail address on his websit...

    A couple of Derek Sivers stories: My first CD Baby order was #17697, for 8 discs, in 2000. When I got the now-famous colorful shipment notice I thought I?d actually been the first brand new customer to order as many as 8 albums. I thought the email had been crafted for me, in part...

    Awesome little book, I will keep re-reading. I love the opening pages - "10 years of experience in 1 hour". This book is written by Derek Sivers, who started a business called CDbaby that he later sold for $22 million. One of my favourite parts of the book was the graph at the begi...

    I like Derek Sivers a lot. He has fantastic stories and has great advice. I love to read his stuff. However, reading this book made me realize that he is more of a product of survivorship bias. This book was filled with two types of lessons: good business advice and then advice t...

    Seth Godin recommended this book for every entrepreneur. I just bought it in kindle format. It's introduction tells that you could learn an author's entire experience of creating business within one hour or two... which, unbelievably, I managed to finish it within exactly one hour b...

    Amazing little book of mostly unconventional entrepreneurship wisdom. Highly recommended! ...

    Ok, so I read this because apparently everyone in web development has been raving about it and I am not really that blown away. I don't know why I had such a different experience from others, but most of the things said in this book just seemed common sense to me. I didn't feel lik...

    Quick read but insightful. The basic premise, as I understood it, is to spend your life doing things that bring you happiness, which is not as straightforward as it seems. Too often, we spend our time doing what we think will make us happy, or what we think others expect from us, or wh...

    I have loved reading Derek Sivers' essays for the longest time. And even though I've read some of the ones mentioned in the book before, they were still as fresh and thought provoking as ever. I listened to the audio book narrated by Mr. Sivers himself, it added another layer of per...

    An interesting read, more like you've sat down over a couple of drinks, and he's spilled his story out on the table. ...

    I have a secret desire to found a technology startup, which probably comes from reading too much Hacker News. I'm pretty happy with my current job, and I don't think I'd actually handle the stress of doing a startup very well, so I doubt it will ever happen. But reading books like this...

    Actually I knew the author, Derek Sivers from his TED speeches: "How to start a movement," "Keep your goals to yourself," and "Weired, or just different?," not from this book. At glance of my thought about him is that he is interested in a big range of topics, but he points out the cor...

    Derek Sivers is not your everyday person or entrepreneur. He has a solid philosophy of life which he executes in a way few dares to do, as it breaks with many cultural norms. In many ways, CD Baby, the backdrop story of this book was the time he discovered his philosophy and got awa...

    Simple message told simply by an author and an business owner who admits to liking simplicity: Do what you like is the best strategy for better business management. Don't get driven into the usual way of doing and managing your business. Your business is YOUR business. Do what you like...

    I fucking love this guy ...

    Quick, easy, very inspirational read -- particularly for entrepreneurs. Love Derek's story and fierce commitment to happiness, simplicity and doing what's best for his customers. ...

    Wow. Amazing book that is compact enough to read in one hour in one sitting yet informative enough to cause your brain to explode with new ideas and inspiration. I needed this, badly. This book gave me the wake up call after five years of being an entrepreneur. I love every single p...

    Anything You Want by Derek Sivers It?s not what you think. The title causes someone to think of some sort of name it and claim it gospel or a how to guide to accumulate mass amounts of whatever you want. Derek Sivers is behind one of the most important lessons on leadership on the...

    Summary: - The goal is happiness, not money. - Be persistent in iterating, not in doing what doesn't work. - Just focus on making customers happy. Go above and beyond for them. If they're not begging you to let them pay you for the service, keep iterating until they are. - Don't wo...

    I was first introduced to Derek Sivers while watching a TED Talk. I thought his three minute speech was brilliant, so when I saw that he had written a book I was very excited to read it. Sivers is the creator of CD Baby, a very successful online business that helps independent music...

    I added this to my list of books to read after it being recommended by Shawn Blanc's monthly book club. Although new books go to the bottom of my list, this one looked like a quick read and given Easter Monday I was able to consume within the hour. What I liked about this book was Sive...

    I've heard Derek's story multiple times in multiple formats, whether in a TED talk, on the Tim Ferriss show, or even on a random podcast where he shared his story, so I had heard many of the lessons distilled in here in different ways. I finally had the chance to knock back the 84 page...

    I read the audio version of this, read by the author himself. The book reads as a manifesto mixed with a retrospective. Derek SIvers founded CD Baby before iTunes, before even ecommerce was popular in order to help a few of his musician friends sell their own CDs online. The busines...

    An extremely short but worthy read. I'm a slower reader, and was done in an hour and a half. Derek Sivers began his own company without ever intending it to grow as it did, and he gives practical advice to readers about happiness in your work, what worked well for him, and mistakes tha...

    I listed to his Ted talk which was the short version of the book although I recommend the book more. Must read! Anyone starting a business or in business or with a pulse read this. His gentle boyish style is refreshing especially considering the heights he has been able to attain. ...

    If you read Derek Sivers' blog or have seen him speak, you won't read anything new in this book. It's very short and took me about an hour to read. Derek Sivers has a great voice and has a refreshing, down-to-earth perspective based on his experiences and decisions. He seems incredibly...

  • David
    Dec 22, 2016

    The first time I ever spoke to Derek Sivers, I accused him of ripping me off. I had seen his great TEDx video called "Why You Need to Fail" and I wrote him to complain. (Jokingly of course.) I told him "I wrote THE book on failing." Derek gives his e-mail address on his websit...

    A couple of Derek Sivers stories: My first CD Baby order was #17697, for 8 discs, in 2000. When I got the now-famous colorful shipment notice I thought I?d actually been the first brand new customer to order as many as 8 albums. I thought the email had been crafted for me, in part...

    Awesome little book, I will keep re-reading. I love the opening pages - "10 years of experience in 1 hour". This book is written by Derek Sivers, who started a business called CDbaby that he later sold for $22 million. One of my favourite parts of the book was the graph at the begi...

    I like Derek Sivers a lot. He has fantastic stories and has great advice. I love to read his stuff. However, reading this book made me realize that he is more of a product of survivorship bias. This book was filled with two types of lessons: good business advice and then advice t...

    Seth Godin recommended this book for every entrepreneur. I just bought it in kindle format. It's introduction tells that you could learn an author's entire experience of creating business within one hour or two... which, unbelievably, I managed to finish it within exactly one hour b...

    Amazing little book of mostly unconventional entrepreneurship wisdom. Highly recommended! ...

    Ok, so I read this because apparently everyone in web development has been raving about it and I am not really that blown away. I don't know why I had such a different experience from others, but most of the things said in this book just seemed common sense to me. I didn't feel lik...

    Quick read but insightful. The basic premise, as I understood it, is to spend your life doing things that bring you happiness, which is not as straightforward as it seems. Too often, we spend our time doing what we think will make us happy, or what we think others expect from us, or wh...

    I have loved reading Derek Sivers' essays for the longest time. And even though I've read some of the ones mentioned in the book before, they were still as fresh and thought provoking as ever. I listened to the audio book narrated by Mr. Sivers himself, it added another layer of per...

    An interesting read, more like you've sat down over a couple of drinks, and he's spilled his story out on the table. ...

    I have a secret desire to found a technology startup, which probably comes from reading too much Hacker News. I'm pretty happy with my current job, and I don't think I'd actually handle the stress of doing a startup very well, so I doubt it will ever happen. But reading books like this...

    Actually I knew the author, Derek Sivers from his TED speeches: "How to start a movement," "Keep your goals to yourself," and "Weired, or just different?," not from this book. At glance of my thought about him is that he is interested in a big range of topics, but he points out the cor...

    Derek Sivers is not your everyday person or entrepreneur. He has a solid philosophy of life which he executes in a way few dares to do, as it breaks with many cultural norms. In many ways, CD Baby, the backdrop story of this book was the time he discovered his philosophy and got awa...

    Simple message told simply by an author and an business owner who admits to liking simplicity: Do what you like is the best strategy for better business management. Don't get driven into the usual way of doing and managing your business. Your business is YOUR business. Do what you like...

    I fucking love this guy ...

    Quick, easy, very inspirational read -- particularly for entrepreneurs. Love Derek's story and fierce commitment to happiness, simplicity and doing what's best for his customers. ...

    Wow. Amazing book that is compact enough to read in one hour in one sitting yet informative enough to cause your brain to explode with new ideas and inspiration. I needed this, badly. This book gave me the wake up call after five years of being an entrepreneur. I love every single p...

    Anything You Want by Derek Sivers It?s not what you think. The title causes someone to think of some sort of name it and claim it gospel or a how to guide to accumulate mass amounts of whatever you want. Derek Sivers is behind one of the most important lessons on leadership on the...

    Summary: - The goal is happiness, not money. - Be persistent in iterating, not in doing what doesn't work. - Just focus on making customers happy. Go above and beyond for them. If they're not begging you to let them pay you for the service, keep iterating until they are. - Don't wo...

    I was first introduced to Derek Sivers while watching a TED Talk. I thought his three minute speech was brilliant, so when I saw that he had written a book I was very excited to read it. Sivers is the creator of CD Baby, a very successful online business that helps independent music...

    I added this to my list of books to read after it being recommended by Shawn Blanc's monthly book club. Although new books go to the bottom of my list, this one looked like a quick read and given Easter Monday I was able to consume within the hour. What I liked about this book was Sive...

    I've heard Derek's story multiple times in multiple formats, whether in a TED talk, on the Tim Ferriss show, or even on a random podcast where he shared his story, so I had heard many of the lessons distilled in here in different ways. I finally had the chance to knock back the 84 page...

    I read the audio version of this, read by the author himself. The book reads as a manifesto mixed with a retrospective. Derek SIvers founded CD Baby before iTunes, before even ecommerce was popular in order to help a few of his musician friends sell their own CDs online. The busines...

    An extremely short but worthy read. I'm a slower reader, and was done in an hour and a half. Derek Sivers began his own company without ever intending it to grow as it did, and he gives practical advice to readers about happiness in your work, what worked well for him, and mistakes tha...

    I listed to his Ted talk which was the short version of the book although I recommend the book more. Must read! Anyone starting a business or in business or with a pulse read this. His gentle boyish style is refreshing especially considering the heights he has been able to attain. ...

    If you read Derek Sivers' blog or have seen him speak, you won't read anything new in this book. It's very short and took me about an hour to read. Derek Sivers has a great voice and has a refreshing, down-to-earth perspective based on his experiences and decisions. He seems incredibly...

    Why I didn't read this six months ago was a huge mistake. Seems Monsieur Derek has some valuable lessons and insight... but here's the thing his words are only words until you've gone through the fire yourself... or maybe you're just one of those people who actually take advice and...

    Refreshing book about building a customer focused business. Refreshing because it is very short - takes as long to read as a business magazine. Refreshing because it focuses on the decisions to best serve the customer, with plenty of examples, even though some examples run counter to o...

    This book aims to be read in an hour. This is technically possible, but it probably needs to be read a dozen times over to really internalize the lessons. Sivers has an incredibly unique perspective, which can be very freeing if you're open to it. Through anecdotes, he shows that sh...

  • Niran Pravithana
    Jun 29, 2011

    The first time I ever spoke to Derek Sivers, I accused him of ripping me off. I had seen his great TEDx video called "Why You Need to Fail" and I wrote him to complain. (Jokingly of course.) I told him "I wrote THE book on failing." Derek gives his e-mail address on his websit...

    A couple of Derek Sivers stories: My first CD Baby order was #17697, for 8 discs, in 2000. When I got the now-famous colorful shipment notice I thought I?d actually been the first brand new customer to order as many as 8 albums. I thought the email had been crafted for me, in part...

    Awesome little book, I will keep re-reading. I love the opening pages - "10 years of experience in 1 hour". This book is written by Derek Sivers, who started a business called CDbaby that he later sold for $22 million. One of my favourite parts of the book was the graph at the begi...

    I like Derek Sivers a lot. He has fantastic stories and has great advice. I love to read his stuff. However, reading this book made me realize that he is more of a product of survivorship bias. This book was filled with two types of lessons: good business advice and then advice t...

    Seth Godin recommended this book for every entrepreneur. I just bought it in kindle format. It's introduction tells that you could learn an author's entire experience of creating business within one hour or two... which, unbelievably, I managed to finish it within exactly one hour b...

  • Jenny
    Nov 25, 2011

    The first time I ever spoke to Derek Sivers, I accused him of ripping me off. I had seen his great TEDx video called "Why You Need to Fail" and I wrote him to complain. (Jokingly of course.) I told him "I wrote THE book on failing." Derek gives his e-mail address on his websit...

    A couple of Derek Sivers stories: My first CD Baby order was #17697, for 8 discs, in 2000. When I got the now-famous colorful shipment notice I thought I?d actually been the first brand new customer to order as many as 8 albums. I thought the email had been crafted for me, in part...

    Awesome little book, I will keep re-reading. I love the opening pages - "10 years of experience in 1 hour". This book is written by Derek Sivers, who started a business called CDbaby that he later sold for $22 million. One of my favourite parts of the book was the graph at the begi...

    I like Derek Sivers a lot. He has fantastic stories and has great advice. I love to read his stuff. However, reading this book made me realize that he is more of a product of survivorship bias. This book was filled with two types of lessons: good business advice and then advice t...

    Seth Godin recommended this book for every entrepreneur. I just bought it in kindle format. It's introduction tells that you could learn an author's entire experience of creating business within one hour or two... which, unbelievably, I managed to finish it within exactly one hour b...

    Amazing little book of mostly unconventional entrepreneurship wisdom. Highly recommended! ...

    Ok, so I read this because apparently everyone in web development has been raving about it and I am not really that blown away. I don't know why I had such a different experience from others, but most of the things said in this book just seemed common sense to me. I didn't feel lik...

    Quick read but insightful. The basic premise, as I understood it, is to spend your life doing things that bring you happiness, which is not as straightforward as it seems. Too often, we spend our time doing what we think will make us happy, or what we think others expect from us, or wh...

    I have loved reading Derek Sivers' essays for the longest time. And even though I've read some of the ones mentioned in the book before, they were still as fresh and thought provoking as ever. I listened to the audio book narrated by Mr. Sivers himself, it added another layer of per...

    An interesting read, more like you've sat down over a couple of drinks, and he's spilled his story out on the table. ...

    I have a secret desire to found a technology startup, which probably comes from reading too much Hacker News. I'm pretty happy with my current job, and I don't think I'd actually handle the stress of doing a startup very well, so I doubt it will ever happen. But reading books like this...

    Actually I knew the author, Derek Sivers from his TED speeches: "How to start a movement," "Keep your goals to yourself," and "Weired, or just different?," not from this book. At glance of my thought about him is that he is interested in a big range of topics, but he points out the cor...

    Derek Sivers is not your everyday person or entrepreneur. He has a solid philosophy of life which he executes in a way few dares to do, as it breaks with many cultural norms. In many ways, CD Baby, the backdrop story of this book was the time he discovered his philosophy and got awa...

    Simple message told simply by an author and an business owner who admits to liking simplicity: Do what you like is the best strategy for better business management. Don't get driven into the usual way of doing and managing your business. Your business is YOUR business. Do what you like...

    I fucking love this guy ...

    Quick, easy, very inspirational read -- particularly for entrepreneurs. Love Derek's story and fierce commitment to happiness, simplicity and doing what's best for his customers. ...

  • Jay
    Jul 05, 2011

    The first time I ever spoke to Derek Sivers, I accused him of ripping me off. I had seen his great TEDx video called "Why You Need to Fail" and I wrote him to complain. (Jokingly of course.) I told him "I wrote THE book on failing." Derek gives his e-mail address on his websit...

    A couple of Derek Sivers stories: My first CD Baby order was #17697, for 8 discs, in 2000. When I got the now-famous colorful shipment notice I thought I?d actually been the first brand new customer to order as many as 8 albums. I thought the email had been crafted for me, in part...

    Awesome little book, I will keep re-reading. I love the opening pages - "10 years of experience in 1 hour". This book is written by Derek Sivers, who started a business called CDbaby that he later sold for $22 million. One of my favourite parts of the book was the graph at the begi...

    I like Derek Sivers a lot. He has fantastic stories and has great advice. I love to read his stuff. However, reading this book made me realize that he is more of a product of survivorship bias. This book was filled with two types of lessons: good business advice and then advice t...

    Seth Godin recommended this book for every entrepreneur. I just bought it in kindle format. It's introduction tells that you could learn an author's entire experience of creating business within one hour or two... which, unbelievably, I managed to finish it within exactly one hour b...

    Amazing little book of mostly unconventional entrepreneurship wisdom. Highly recommended! ...

    Ok, so I read this because apparently everyone in web development has been raving about it and I am not really that blown away. I don't know why I had such a different experience from others, but most of the things said in this book just seemed common sense to me. I didn't feel lik...

    Quick read but insightful. The basic premise, as I understood it, is to spend your life doing things that bring you happiness, which is not as straightforward as it seems. Too often, we spend our time doing what we think will make us happy, or what we think others expect from us, or wh...

    I have loved reading Derek Sivers' essays for the longest time. And even though I've read some of the ones mentioned in the book before, they were still as fresh and thought provoking as ever. I listened to the audio book narrated by Mr. Sivers himself, it added another layer of per...

    An interesting read, more like you've sat down over a couple of drinks, and he's spilled his story out on the table. ...

    I have a secret desire to found a technology startup, which probably comes from reading too much Hacker News. I'm pretty happy with my current job, and I don't think I'd actually handle the stress of doing a startup very well, so I doubt it will ever happen. But reading books like this...

    Actually I knew the author, Derek Sivers from his TED speeches: "How to start a movement," "Keep your goals to yourself," and "Weired, or just different?," not from this book. At glance of my thought about him is that he is interested in a big range of topics, but he points out the cor...

    Derek Sivers is not your everyday person or entrepreneur. He has a solid philosophy of life which he executes in a way few dares to do, as it breaks with many cultural norms. In many ways, CD Baby, the backdrop story of this book was the time he discovered his philosophy and got awa...

    Simple message told simply by an author and an business owner who admits to liking simplicity: Do what you like is the best strategy for better business management. Don't get driven into the usual way of doing and managing your business. Your business is YOUR business. Do what you like...

    I fucking love this guy ...

    Quick, easy, very inspirational read -- particularly for entrepreneurs. Love Derek's story and fierce commitment to happiness, simplicity and doing what's best for his customers. ...

    Wow. Amazing book that is compact enough to read in one hour in one sitting yet informative enough to cause your brain to explode with new ideas and inspiration. I needed this, badly. This book gave me the wake up call after five years of being an entrepreneur. I love every single p...

    Anything You Want by Derek Sivers It?s not what you think. The title causes someone to think of some sort of name it and claim it gospel or a how to guide to accumulate mass amounts of whatever you want. Derek Sivers is behind one of the most important lessons on leadership on the...

    Summary: - The goal is happiness, not money. - Be persistent in iterating, not in doing what doesn't work. - Just focus on making customers happy. Go above and beyond for them. If they're not begging you to let them pay you for the service, keep iterating until they are. - Don't wo...

    I was first introduced to Derek Sivers while watching a TED Talk. I thought his three minute speech was brilliant, so when I saw that he had written a book I was very excited to read it. Sivers is the creator of CD Baby, a very successful online business that helps independent music...

    I added this to my list of books to read after it being recommended by Shawn Blanc's monthly book club. Although new books go to the bottom of my list, this one looked like a quick read and given Easter Monday I was able to consume within the hour. What I liked about this book was Sive...

    I've heard Derek's story multiple times in multiple formats, whether in a TED talk, on the Tim Ferriss show, or even on a random podcast where he shared his story, so I had heard many of the lessons distilled in here in different ways. I finally had the chance to knock back the 84 page...

    I read the audio version of this, read by the author himself. The book reads as a manifesto mixed with a retrospective. Derek SIvers founded CD Baby before iTunes, before even ecommerce was popular in order to help a few of his musician friends sell their own CDs online. The busines...

    An extremely short but worthy read. I'm a slower reader, and was done in an hour and a half. Derek Sivers began his own company without ever intending it to grow as it did, and he gives practical advice to readers about happiness in your work, what worked well for him, and mistakes tha...

    I listed to his Ted talk which was the short version of the book although I recommend the book more. Must read! Anyone starting a business or in business or with a pulse read this. His gentle boyish style is refreshing especially considering the heights he has been able to attain. ...

    If you read Derek Sivers' blog or have seen him speak, you won't read anything new in this book. It's very short and took me about an hour to read. Derek Sivers has a great voice and has a refreshing, down-to-earth perspective based on his experiences and decisions. He seems incredibly...

    Why I didn't read this six months ago was a huge mistake. Seems Monsieur Derek has some valuable lessons and insight... but here's the thing his words are only words until you've gone through the fire yourself... or maybe you're just one of those people who actually take advice and...

    Refreshing book about building a customer focused business. Refreshing because it is very short - takes as long to read as a business magazine. Refreshing because it focuses on the decisions to best serve the customer, with plenty of examples, even though some examples run counter to o...

  • Amr
    Feb 22, 2012

    The first time I ever spoke to Derek Sivers, I accused him of ripping me off. I had seen his great TEDx video called "Why You Need to Fail" and I wrote him to complain. (Jokingly of course.) I told him "I wrote THE book on failing." Derek gives his e-mail address on his websit...

    A couple of Derek Sivers stories: My first CD Baby order was #17697, for 8 discs, in 2000. When I got the now-famous colorful shipment notice I thought I?d actually been the first brand new customer to order as many as 8 albums. I thought the email had been crafted for me, in part...

    Awesome little book, I will keep re-reading. I love the opening pages - "10 years of experience in 1 hour". This book is written by Derek Sivers, who started a business called CDbaby that he later sold for $22 million. One of my favourite parts of the book was the graph at the begi...

    I like Derek Sivers a lot. He has fantastic stories and has great advice. I love to read his stuff. However, reading this book made me realize that he is more of a product of survivorship bias. This book was filled with two types of lessons: good business advice and then advice t...

    Seth Godin recommended this book for every entrepreneur. I just bought it in kindle format. It's introduction tells that you could learn an author's entire experience of creating business within one hour or two... which, unbelievably, I managed to finish it within exactly one hour b...

    Amazing little book of mostly unconventional entrepreneurship wisdom. Highly recommended! ...

    Ok, so I read this because apparently everyone in web development has been raving about it and I am not really that blown away. I don't know why I had such a different experience from others, but most of the things said in this book just seemed common sense to me. I didn't feel lik...

    Quick read but insightful. The basic premise, as I understood it, is to spend your life doing things that bring you happiness, which is not as straightforward as it seems. Too often, we spend our time doing what we think will make us happy, or what we think others expect from us, or wh...

    I have loved reading Derek Sivers' essays for the longest time. And even though I've read some of the ones mentioned in the book before, they were still as fresh and thought provoking as ever. I listened to the audio book narrated by Mr. Sivers himself, it added another layer of per...

    An interesting read, more like you've sat down over a couple of drinks, and he's spilled his story out on the table. ...

    I have a secret desire to found a technology startup, which probably comes from reading too much Hacker News. I'm pretty happy with my current job, and I don't think I'd actually handle the stress of doing a startup very well, so I doubt it will ever happen. But reading books like this...

    Actually I knew the author, Derek Sivers from his TED speeches: "How to start a movement," "Keep your goals to yourself," and "Weired, or just different?," not from this book. At glance of my thought about him is that he is interested in a big range of topics, but he points out the cor...

    Derek Sivers is not your everyday person or entrepreneur. He has a solid philosophy of life which he executes in a way few dares to do, as it breaks with many cultural norms. In many ways, CD Baby, the backdrop story of this book was the time he discovered his philosophy and got awa...

    Simple message told simply by an author and an business owner who admits to liking simplicity: Do what you like is the best strategy for better business management. Don't get driven into the usual way of doing and managing your business. Your business is YOUR business. Do what you like...

  • Jon Stephens
    Apr 24, 2013

    The first time I ever spoke to Derek Sivers, I accused him of ripping me off. I had seen his great TEDx video called "Why You Need to Fail" and I wrote him to complain. (Jokingly of course.) I told him "I wrote THE book on failing." Derek gives his e-mail address on his websit...

    A couple of Derek Sivers stories: My first CD Baby order was #17697, for 8 discs, in 2000. When I got the now-famous colorful shipment notice I thought I?d actually been the first brand new customer to order as many as 8 albums. I thought the email had been crafted for me, in part...

    Awesome little book, I will keep re-reading. I love the opening pages - "10 years of experience in 1 hour". This book is written by Derek Sivers, who started a business called CDbaby that he later sold for $22 million. One of my favourite parts of the book was the graph at the begi...

    I like Derek Sivers a lot. He has fantastic stories and has great advice. I love to read his stuff. However, reading this book made me realize that he is more of a product of survivorship bias. This book was filled with two types of lessons: good business advice and then advice t...

    Seth Godin recommended this book for every entrepreneur. I just bought it in kindle format. It's introduction tells that you could learn an author's entire experience of creating business within one hour or two... which, unbelievably, I managed to finish it within exactly one hour b...

    Amazing little book of mostly unconventional entrepreneurship wisdom. Highly recommended! ...

    Ok, so I read this because apparently everyone in web development has been raving about it and I am not really that blown away. I don't know why I had such a different experience from others, but most of the things said in this book just seemed common sense to me. I didn't feel lik...

    Quick read but insightful. The basic premise, as I understood it, is to spend your life doing things that bring you happiness, which is not as straightforward as it seems. Too often, we spend our time doing what we think will make us happy, or what we think others expect from us, or wh...

    I have loved reading Derek Sivers' essays for the longest time. And even though I've read some of the ones mentioned in the book before, they were still as fresh and thought provoking as ever. I listened to the audio book narrated by Mr. Sivers himself, it added another layer of per...

    An interesting read, more like you've sat down over a couple of drinks, and he's spilled his story out on the table. ...

    I have a secret desire to found a technology startup, which probably comes from reading too much Hacker News. I'm pretty happy with my current job, and I don't think I'd actually handle the stress of doing a startup very well, so I doubt it will ever happen. But reading books like this...

    Actually I knew the author, Derek Sivers from his TED speeches: "How to start a movement," "Keep your goals to yourself," and "Weired, or just different?," not from this book. At glance of my thought about him is that he is interested in a big range of topics, but he points out the cor...

    Derek Sivers is not your everyday person or entrepreneur. He has a solid philosophy of life which he executes in a way few dares to do, as it breaks with many cultural norms. In many ways, CD Baby, the backdrop story of this book was the time he discovered his philosophy and got awa...

    Simple message told simply by an author and an business owner who admits to liking simplicity: Do what you like is the best strategy for better business management. Don't get driven into the usual way of doing and managing your business. Your business is YOUR business. Do what you like...

    I fucking love this guy ...

    Quick, easy, very inspirational read -- particularly for entrepreneurs. Love Derek's story and fierce commitment to happiness, simplicity and doing what's best for his customers. ...

    Wow. Amazing book that is compact enough to read in one hour in one sitting yet informative enough to cause your brain to explode with new ideas and inspiration. I needed this, badly. This book gave me the wake up call after five years of being an entrepreneur. I love every single p...

    Anything You Want by Derek Sivers It?s not what you think. The title causes someone to think of some sort of name it and claim it gospel or a how to guide to accumulate mass amounts of whatever you want. Derek Sivers is behind one of the most important lessons on leadership on the...

    Summary: - The goal is happiness, not money. - Be persistent in iterating, not in doing what doesn't work. - Just focus on making customers happy. Go above and beyond for them. If they're not begging you to let them pay you for the service, keep iterating until they are. - Don't wo...

    I was first introduced to Derek Sivers while watching a TED Talk. I thought his three minute speech was brilliant, so when I saw that he had written a book I was very excited to read it. Sivers is the creator of CD Baby, a very successful online business that helps independent music...

  • D
    Jul 27, 2011

    The first time I ever spoke to Derek Sivers, I accused him of ripping me off. I had seen his great TEDx video called "Why You Need to Fail" and I wrote him to complain. (Jokingly of course.) I told him "I wrote THE book on failing." Derek gives his e-mail address on his websit...

    A couple of Derek Sivers stories: My first CD Baby order was #17697, for 8 discs, in 2000. When I got the now-famous colorful shipment notice I thought I?d actually been the first brand new customer to order as many as 8 albums. I thought the email had been crafted for me, in part...

  • Aaron Goldfarb
    Jun 29, 2011

    The first time I ever spoke to Derek Sivers, I accused him of ripping me off. I had seen his great TEDx video called "Why You Need to Fail" and I wrote him to complain. (Jokingly of course.) I told him "I wrote THE book on failing." Derek gives his e-mail address on his websit...

  • Rob Warner
    Aug 26, 2011

    The first time I ever spoke to Derek Sivers, I accused him of ripping me off. I had seen his great TEDx video called "Why You Need to Fail" and I wrote him to complain. (Jokingly of course.) I told him "I wrote THE book on failing." Derek gives his e-mail address on his websit...

    A couple of Derek Sivers stories: My first CD Baby order was #17697, for 8 discs, in 2000. When I got the now-famous colorful shipment notice I thought I?d actually been the first brand new customer to order as many as 8 albums. I thought the email had been crafted for me, in part...

    Awesome little book, I will keep re-reading. I love the opening pages - "10 years of experience in 1 hour". This book is written by Derek Sivers, who started a business called CDbaby that he later sold for $22 million. One of my favourite parts of the book was the graph at the begi...

    I like Derek Sivers a lot. He has fantastic stories and has great advice. I love to read his stuff. However, reading this book made me realize that he is more of a product of survivorship bias. This book was filled with two types of lessons: good business advice and then advice t...

    Seth Godin recommended this book for every entrepreneur. I just bought it in kindle format. It's introduction tells that you could learn an author's entire experience of creating business within one hour or two... which, unbelievably, I managed to finish it within exactly one hour b...

    Amazing little book of mostly unconventional entrepreneurship wisdom. Highly recommended! ...

    Ok, so I read this because apparently everyone in web development has been raving about it and I am not really that blown away. I don't know why I had such a different experience from others, but most of the things said in this book just seemed common sense to me. I didn't feel lik...

    Quick read but insightful. The basic premise, as I understood it, is to spend your life doing things that bring you happiness, which is not as straightforward as it seems. Too often, we spend our time doing what we think will make us happy, or what we think others expect from us, or wh...

  • Nathan Wheeler
    Sep 10, 2012

    The first time I ever spoke to Derek Sivers, I accused him of ripping me off. I had seen his great TEDx video called "Why You Need to Fail" and I wrote him to complain. (Jokingly of course.) I told him "I wrote THE book on failing." Derek gives his e-mail address on his websit...

    A couple of Derek Sivers stories: My first CD Baby order was #17697, for 8 discs, in 2000. When I got the now-famous colorful shipment notice I thought I?d actually been the first brand new customer to order as many as 8 albums. I thought the email had been crafted for me, in part...

    Awesome little book, I will keep re-reading. I love the opening pages - "10 years of experience in 1 hour". This book is written by Derek Sivers, who started a business called CDbaby that he later sold for $22 million. One of my favourite parts of the book was the graph at the begi...

    I like Derek Sivers a lot. He has fantastic stories and has great advice. I love to read his stuff. However, reading this book made me realize that he is more of a product of survivorship bias. This book was filled with two types of lessons: good business advice and then advice t...

    Seth Godin recommended this book for every entrepreneur. I just bought it in kindle format. It's introduction tells that you could learn an author's entire experience of creating business within one hour or two... which, unbelievably, I managed to finish it within exactly one hour b...

    Amazing little book of mostly unconventional entrepreneurship wisdom. Highly recommended! ...

    Ok, so I read this because apparently everyone in web development has been raving about it and I am not really that blown away. I don't know why I had such a different experience from others, but most of the things said in this book just seemed common sense to me. I didn't feel lik...

    Quick read but insightful. The basic premise, as I understood it, is to spend your life doing things that bring you happiness, which is not as straightforward as it seems. Too often, we spend our time doing what we think will make us happy, or what we think others expect from us, or wh...

    I have loved reading Derek Sivers' essays for the longest time. And even though I've read some of the ones mentioned in the book before, they were still as fresh and thought provoking as ever. I listened to the audio book narrated by Mr. Sivers himself, it added another layer of per...

    An interesting read, more like you've sat down over a couple of drinks, and he's spilled his story out on the table. ...

    I have a secret desire to found a technology startup, which probably comes from reading too much Hacker News. I'm pretty happy with my current job, and I don't think I'd actually handle the stress of doing a startup very well, so I doubt it will ever happen. But reading books like this...

    Actually I knew the author, Derek Sivers from his TED speeches: "How to start a movement," "Keep your goals to yourself," and "Weired, or just different?," not from this book. At glance of my thought about him is that he is interested in a big range of topics, but he points out the cor...

    Derek Sivers is not your everyday person or entrepreneur. He has a solid philosophy of life which he executes in a way few dares to do, as it breaks with many cultural norms. In many ways, CD Baby, the backdrop story of this book was the time he discovered his philosophy and got awa...

    Simple message told simply by an author and an business owner who admits to liking simplicity: Do what you like is the best strategy for better business management. Don't get driven into the usual way of doing and managing your business. Your business is YOUR business. Do what you like...

    I fucking love this guy ...

    Quick, easy, very inspirational read -- particularly for entrepreneurs. Love Derek's story and fierce commitment to happiness, simplicity and doing what's best for his customers. ...

    Wow. Amazing book that is compact enough to read in one hour in one sitting yet informative enough to cause your brain to explode with new ideas and inspiration. I needed this, badly. This book gave me the wake up call after five years of being an entrepreneur. I love every single p...

    Anything You Want by Derek Sivers It?s not what you think. The title causes someone to think of some sort of name it and claim it gospel or a how to guide to accumulate mass amounts of whatever you want. Derek Sivers is behind one of the most important lessons on leadership on the...

  • Michael
    Jul 07, 2011

    The first time I ever spoke to Derek Sivers, I accused him of ripping me off. I had seen his great TEDx video called "Why You Need to Fail" and I wrote him to complain. (Jokingly of course.) I told him "I wrote THE book on failing." Derek gives his e-mail address on his websit...

    A couple of Derek Sivers stories: My first CD Baby order was #17697, for 8 discs, in 2000. When I got the now-famous colorful shipment notice I thought I?d actually been the first brand new customer to order as many as 8 albums. I thought the email had been crafted for me, in part...

    Awesome little book, I will keep re-reading. I love the opening pages - "10 years of experience in 1 hour". This book is written by Derek Sivers, who started a business called CDbaby that he later sold for $22 million. One of my favourite parts of the book was the graph at the begi...

    I like Derek Sivers a lot. He has fantastic stories and has great advice. I love to read his stuff. However, reading this book made me realize that he is more of a product of survivorship bias. This book was filled with two types of lessons: good business advice and then advice t...

    Seth Godin recommended this book for every entrepreneur. I just bought it in kindle format. It's introduction tells that you could learn an author's entire experience of creating business within one hour or two... which, unbelievably, I managed to finish it within exactly one hour b...

    Amazing little book of mostly unconventional entrepreneurship wisdom. Highly recommended! ...

    Ok, so I read this because apparently everyone in web development has been raving about it and I am not really that blown away. I don't know why I had such a different experience from others, but most of the things said in this book just seemed common sense to me. I didn't feel lik...

    Quick read but insightful. The basic premise, as I understood it, is to spend your life doing things that bring you happiness, which is not as straightforward as it seems. Too often, we spend our time doing what we think will make us happy, or what we think others expect from us, or wh...

    I have loved reading Derek Sivers' essays for the longest time. And even though I've read some of the ones mentioned in the book before, they were still as fresh and thought provoking as ever. I listened to the audio book narrated by Mr. Sivers himself, it added another layer of per...

    An interesting read, more like you've sat down over a couple of drinks, and he's spilled his story out on the table. ...

  • Greg Stoll
    Jul 23, 2011

    The first time I ever spoke to Derek Sivers, I accused him of ripping me off. I had seen his great TEDx video called "Why You Need to Fail" and I wrote him to complain. (Jokingly of course.) I told him "I wrote THE book on failing." Derek gives his e-mail address on his websit...

    A couple of Derek Sivers stories: My first CD Baby order was #17697, for 8 discs, in 2000. When I got the now-famous colorful shipment notice I thought I?d actually been the first brand new customer to order as many as 8 albums. I thought the email had been crafted for me, in part...

    Awesome little book, I will keep re-reading. I love the opening pages - "10 years of experience in 1 hour". This book is written by Derek Sivers, who started a business called CDbaby that he later sold for $22 million. One of my favourite parts of the book was the graph at the begi...

    I like Derek Sivers a lot. He has fantastic stories and has great advice. I love to read his stuff. However, reading this book made me realize that he is more of a product of survivorship bias. This book was filled with two types of lessons: good business advice and then advice t...

    Seth Godin recommended this book for every entrepreneur. I just bought it in kindle format. It's introduction tells that you could learn an author's entire experience of creating business within one hour or two... which, unbelievably, I managed to finish it within exactly one hour b...

    Amazing little book of mostly unconventional entrepreneurship wisdom. Highly recommended! ...

    Ok, so I read this because apparently everyone in web development has been raving about it and I am not really that blown away. I don't know why I had such a different experience from others, but most of the things said in this book just seemed common sense to me. I didn't feel lik...

    Quick read but insightful. The basic premise, as I understood it, is to spend your life doing things that bring you happiness, which is not as straightforward as it seems. Too often, we spend our time doing what we think will make us happy, or what we think others expect from us, or wh...

    I have loved reading Derek Sivers' essays for the longest time. And even though I've read some of the ones mentioned in the book before, they were still as fresh and thought provoking as ever. I listened to the audio book narrated by Mr. Sivers himself, it added another layer of per...

    An interesting read, more like you've sat down over a couple of drinks, and he's spilled his story out on the table. ...

    I have a secret desire to found a technology startup, which probably comes from reading too much Hacker News. I'm pretty happy with my current job, and I don't think I'd actually handle the stress of doing a startup very well, so I doubt it will ever happen. But reading books like this...

  • Jenny
    Jan 14, 2016

    The first time I ever spoke to Derek Sivers, I accused him of ripping me off. I had seen his great TEDx video called "Why You Need to Fail" and I wrote him to complain. (Jokingly of course.) I told him "I wrote THE book on failing." Derek gives his e-mail address on his websit...

    A couple of Derek Sivers stories: My first CD Baby order was #17697, for 8 discs, in 2000. When I got the now-famous colorful shipment notice I thought I?d actually been the first brand new customer to order as many as 8 albums. I thought the email had been crafted for me, in part...

    Awesome little book, I will keep re-reading. I love the opening pages - "10 years of experience in 1 hour". This book is written by Derek Sivers, who started a business called CDbaby that he later sold for $22 million. One of my favourite parts of the book was the graph at the begi...

    I like Derek Sivers a lot. He has fantastic stories and has great advice. I love to read his stuff. However, reading this book made me realize that he is more of a product of survivorship bias. This book was filled with two types of lessons: good business advice and then advice t...

    Seth Godin recommended this book for every entrepreneur. I just bought it in kindle format. It's introduction tells that you could learn an author's entire experience of creating business within one hour or two... which, unbelievably, I managed to finish it within exactly one hour b...

    Amazing little book of mostly unconventional entrepreneurship wisdom. Highly recommended! ...

    Ok, so I read this because apparently everyone in web development has been raving about it and I am not really that blown away. I don't know why I had such a different experience from others, but most of the things said in this book just seemed common sense to me. I didn't feel lik...

    Quick read but insightful. The basic premise, as I understood it, is to spend your life doing things that bring you happiness, which is not as straightforward as it seems. Too often, we spend our time doing what we think will make us happy, or what we think others expect from us, or wh...

    I have loved reading Derek Sivers' essays for the longest time. And even though I've read some of the ones mentioned in the book before, they were still as fresh and thought provoking as ever. I listened to the audio book narrated by Mr. Sivers himself, it added another layer of per...

    An interesting read, more like you've sat down over a couple of drinks, and he's spilled his story out on the table. ...

    I have a secret desire to found a technology startup, which probably comes from reading too much Hacker News. I'm pretty happy with my current job, and I don't think I'd actually handle the stress of doing a startup very well, so I doubt it will ever happen. But reading books like this...

    Actually I knew the author, Derek Sivers from his TED speeches: "How to start a movement," "Keep your goals to yourself," and "Weired, or just different?," not from this book. At glance of my thought about him is that he is interested in a big range of topics, but he points out the cor...

    Derek Sivers is not your everyday person or entrepreneur. He has a solid philosophy of life which he executes in a way few dares to do, as it breaks with many cultural norms. In many ways, CD Baby, the backdrop story of this book was the time he discovered his philosophy and got awa...

    Simple message told simply by an author and an business owner who admits to liking simplicity: Do what you like is the best strategy for better business management. Don't get driven into the usual way of doing and managing your business. Your business is YOUR business. Do what you like...

    I fucking love this guy ...

    Quick, easy, very inspirational read -- particularly for entrepreneurs. Love Derek's story and fierce commitment to happiness, simplicity and doing what's best for his customers. ...

    Wow. Amazing book that is compact enough to read in one hour in one sitting yet informative enough to cause your brain to explode with new ideas and inspiration. I needed this, badly. This book gave me the wake up call after five years of being an entrepreneur. I love every single p...

    Anything You Want by Derek Sivers It?s not what you think. The title causes someone to think of some sort of name it and claim it gospel or a how to guide to accumulate mass amounts of whatever you want. Derek Sivers is behind one of the most important lessons on leadership on the...

    Summary: - The goal is happiness, not money. - Be persistent in iterating, not in doing what doesn't work. - Just focus on making customers happy. Go above and beyond for them. If they're not begging you to let them pay you for the service, keep iterating until they are. - Don't wo...

    I was first introduced to Derek Sivers while watching a TED Talk. I thought his three minute speech was brilliant, so when I saw that he had written a book I was very excited to read it. Sivers is the creator of CD Baby, a very successful online business that helps independent music...

    I added this to my list of books to read after it being recommended by Shawn Blanc's monthly book club. Although new books go to the bottom of my list, this one looked like a quick read and given Easter Monday I was able to consume within the hour. What I liked about this book was Sive...

    I've heard Derek's story multiple times in multiple formats, whether in a TED talk, on the Tim Ferriss show, or even on a random podcast where he shared his story, so I had heard many of the lessons distilled in here in different ways. I finally had the chance to knock back the 84 page...

    I read the audio version of this, read by the author himself. The book reads as a manifesto mixed with a retrospective. Derek SIvers founded CD Baby before iTunes, before even ecommerce was popular in order to help a few of his musician friends sell their own CDs online. The busines...

    An extremely short but worthy read. I'm a slower reader, and was done in an hour and a half. Derek Sivers began his own company without ever intending it to grow as it did, and he gives practical advice to readers about happiness in your work, what worked well for him, and mistakes tha...

  • Josh Davis
    Feb 09, 2018

    The first time I ever spoke to Derek Sivers, I accused him of ripping me off. I had seen his great TEDx video called "Why You Need to Fail" and I wrote him to complain. (Jokingly of course.) I told him "I wrote THE book on failing." Derek gives his e-mail address on his websit...

    A couple of Derek Sivers stories: My first CD Baby order was #17697, for 8 discs, in 2000. When I got the now-famous colorful shipment notice I thought I?d actually been the first brand new customer to order as many as 8 albums. I thought the email had been crafted for me, in part...

    Awesome little book, I will keep re-reading. I love the opening pages - "10 years of experience in 1 hour". This book is written by Derek Sivers, who started a business called CDbaby that he later sold for $22 million. One of my favourite parts of the book was the graph at the begi...

    I like Derek Sivers a lot. He has fantastic stories and has great advice. I love to read his stuff. However, reading this book made me realize that he is more of a product of survivorship bias. This book was filled with two types of lessons: good business advice and then advice t...

  • Ahmed
    Apr 14, 2013

    The first time I ever spoke to Derek Sivers, I accused him of ripping me off. I had seen his great TEDx video called "Why You Need to Fail" and I wrote him to complain. (Jokingly of course.) I told him "I wrote THE book on failing." Derek gives his e-mail address on his websit...

    A couple of Derek Sivers stories: My first CD Baby order was #17697, for 8 discs, in 2000. When I got the now-famous colorful shipment notice I thought I?d actually been the first brand new customer to order as many as 8 albums. I thought the email had been crafted for me, in part...

    Awesome little book, I will keep re-reading. I love the opening pages - "10 years of experience in 1 hour". This book is written by Derek Sivers, who started a business called CDbaby that he later sold for $22 million. One of my favourite parts of the book was the graph at the begi...

    I like Derek Sivers a lot. He has fantastic stories and has great advice. I love to read his stuff. However, reading this book made me realize that he is more of a product of survivorship bias. This book was filled with two types of lessons: good business advice and then advice t...

    Seth Godin recommended this book for every entrepreneur. I just bought it in kindle format. It's introduction tells that you could learn an author's entire experience of creating business within one hour or two... which, unbelievably, I managed to finish it within exactly one hour b...

    Amazing little book of mostly unconventional entrepreneurship wisdom. Highly recommended! ...

    Ok, so I read this because apparently everyone in web development has been raving about it and I am not really that blown away. I don't know why I had such a different experience from others, but most of the things said in this book just seemed common sense to me. I didn't feel lik...

    Quick read but insightful. The basic premise, as I understood it, is to spend your life doing things that bring you happiness, which is not as straightforward as it seems. Too often, we spend our time doing what we think will make us happy, or what we think others expect from us, or wh...

    I have loved reading Derek Sivers' essays for the longest time. And even though I've read some of the ones mentioned in the book before, they were still as fresh and thought provoking as ever. I listened to the audio book narrated by Mr. Sivers himself, it added another layer of per...

    An interesting read, more like you've sat down over a couple of drinks, and he's spilled his story out on the table. ...

    I have a secret desire to found a technology startup, which probably comes from reading too much Hacker News. I'm pretty happy with my current job, and I don't think I'd actually handle the stress of doing a startup very well, so I doubt it will ever happen. But reading books like this...

    Actually I knew the author, Derek Sivers from his TED speeches: "How to start a movement," "Keep your goals to yourself," and "Weired, or just different?," not from this book. At glance of my thought about him is that he is interested in a big range of topics, but he points out the cor...

    Derek Sivers is not your everyday person or entrepreneur. He has a solid philosophy of life which he executes in a way few dares to do, as it breaks with many cultural norms. In many ways, CD Baby, the backdrop story of this book was the time he discovered his philosophy and got awa...

    Simple message told simply by an author and an business owner who admits to liking simplicity: Do what you like is the best strategy for better business management. Don't get driven into the usual way of doing and managing your business. Your business is YOUR business. Do what you like...

    I fucking love this guy ...

    Quick, easy, very inspirational read -- particularly for entrepreneurs. Love Derek's story and fierce commitment to happiness, simplicity and doing what's best for his customers. ...

    Wow. Amazing book that is compact enough to read in one hour in one sitting yet informative enough to cause your brain to explode with new ideas and inspiration. I needed this, badly. This book gave me the wake up call after five years of being an entrepreneur. I love every single p...

    Anything You Want by Derek Sivers It?s not what you think. The title causes someone to think of some sort of name it and claim it gospel or a how to guide to accumulate mass amounts of whatever you want. Derek Sivers is behind one of the most important lessons on leadership on the...

    Summary: - The goal is happiness, not money. - Be persistent in iterating, not in doing what doesn't work. - Just focus on making customers happy. Go above and beyond for them. If they're not begging you to let them pay you for the service, keep iterating until they are. - Don't wo...

    I was first introduced to Derek Sivers while watching a TED Talk. I thought his three minute speech was brilliant, so when I saw that he had written a book I was very excited to read it. Sivers is the creator of CD Baby, a very successful online business that helps independent music...

    I added this to my list of books to read after it being recommended by Shawn Blanc's monthly book club. Although new books go to the bottom of my list, this one looked like a quick read and given Easter Monday I was able to consume within the hour. What I liked about this book was Sive...

    I've heard Derek's story multiple times in multiple formats, whether in a TED talk, on the Tim Ferriss show, or even on a random podcast where he shared his story, so I had heard many of the lessons distilled in here in different ways. I finally had the chance to knock back the 84 page...

    I read the audio version of this, read by the author himself. The book reads as a manifesto mixed with a retrospective. Derek SIvers founded CD Baby before iTunes, before even ecommerce was popular in order to help a few of his musician friends sell their own CDs online. The busines...

    An extremely short but worthy read. I'm a slower reader, and was done in an hour and a half. Derek Sivers began his own company without ever intending it to grow as it did, and he gives practical advice to readers about happiness in your work, what worked well for him, and mistakes tha...

    I listed to his Ted talk which was the short version of the book although I recommend the book more. Must read! Anyone starting a business or in business or with a pulse read this. His gentle boyish style is refreshing especially considering the heights he has been able to attain. ...

    If you read Derek Sivers' blog or have seen him speak, you won't read anything new in this book. It's very short and took me about an hour to read. Derek Sivers has a great voice and has a refreshing, down-to-earth perspective based on his experiences and decisions. He seems incredibly...

    Why I didn't read this six months ago was a huge mistake. Seems Monsieur Derek has some valuable lessons and insight... but here's the thing his words are only words until you've gone through the fire yourself... or maybe you're just one of those people who actually take advice and...

    Refreshing book about building a customer focused business. Refreshing because it is very short - takes as long to read as a business magazine. Refreshing because it focuses on the decisions to best serve the customer, with plenty of examples, even though some examples run counter to o...

    This book aims to be read in an hour. This is technically possible, but it probably needs to be read a dozen times over to really internalize the lessons. Sivers has an incredibly unique perspective, which can be very freeing if you're open to it. Through anecdotes, he shows that sh...

    Always loved listening to Derek Sivers talk. This time it wasn't different. Lovely, lovely book. It was short, insightful and was told like a story. Most of all it was enjoyable. I'd recommend it to everyone who wants to have a fulfilling life, and has an hour or two to spare. ...

  • Greg
    May 22, 2018

    The first time I ever spoke to Derek Sivers, I accused him of ripping me off. I had seen his great TEDx video called "Why You Need to Fail" and I wrote him to complain. (Jokingly of course.) I told him "I wrote THE book on failing." Derek gives his e-mail address on his websit...

    A couple of Derek Sivers stories: My first CD Baby order was #17697, for 8 discs, in 2000. When I got the now-famous colorful shipment notice I thought I?d actually been the first brand new customer to order as many as 8 albums. I thought the email had been crafted for me, in part...

    Awesome little book, I will keep re-reading. I love the opening pages - "10 years of experience in 1 hour". This book is written by Derek Sivers, who started a business called CDbaby that he later sold for $22 million. One of my favourite parts of the book was the graph at the begi...

    I like Derek Sivers a lot. He has fantastic stories and has great advice. I love to read his stuff. However, reading this book made me realize that he is more of a product of survivorship bias. This book was filled with two types of lessons: good business advice and then advice t...

    Seth Godin recommended this book for every entrepreneur. I just bought it in kindle format. It's introduction tells that you could learn an author's entire experience of creating business within one hour or two... which, unbelievably, I managed to finish it within exactly one hour b...

    Amazing little book of mostly unconventional entrepreneurship wisdom. Highly recommended! ...

    Ok, so I read this because apparently everyone in web development has been raving about it and I am not really that blown away. I don't know why I had such a different experience from others, but most of the things said in this book just seemed common sense to me. I didn't feel lik...

    Quick read but insightful. The basic premise, as I understood it, is to spend your life doing things that bring you happiness, which is not as straightforward as it seems. Too often, we spend our time doing what we think will make us happy, or what we think others expect from us, or wh...

    I have loved reading Derek Sivers' essays for the longest time. And even though I've read some of the ones mentioned in the book before, they were still as fresh and thought provoking as ever. I listened to the audio book narrated by Mr. Sivers himself, it added another layer of per...

    An interesting read, more like you've sat down over a couple of drinks, and he's spilled his story out on the table. ...

    I have a secret desire to found a technology startup, which probably comes from reading too much Hacker News. I'm pretty happy with my current job, and I don't think I'd actually handle the stress of doing a startup very well, so I doubt it will ever happen. But reading books like this...

    Actually I knew the author, Derek Sivers from his TED speeches: "How to start a movement," "Keep your goals to yourself," and "Weired, or just different?," not from this book. At glance of my thought about him is that he is interested in a big range of topics, but he points out the cor...

    Derek Sivers is not your everyday person or entrepreneur. He has a solid philosophy of life which he executes in a way few dares to do, as it breaks with many cultural norms. In many ways, CD Baby, the backdrop story of this book was the time he discovered his philosophy and got awa...

    Simple message told simply by an author and an business owner who admits to liking simplicity: Do what you like is the best strategy for better business management. Don't get driven into the usual way of doing and managing your business. Your business is YOUR business. Do what you like...

    I fucking love this guy ...

  • N
    Apr 26, 2013

    The first time I ever spoke to Derek Sivers, I accused him of ripping me off. I had seen his great TEDx video called "Why You Need to Fail" and I wrote him to complain. (Jokingly of course.) I told him "I wrote THE book on failing." Derek gives his e-mail address on his websit...

    A couple of Derek Sivers stories: My first CD Baby order was #17697, for 8 discs, in 2000. When I got the now-famous colorful shipment notice I thought I?d actually been the first brand new customer to order as many as 8 albums. I thought the email had been crafted for me, in part...

    Awesome little book, I will keep re-reading. I love the opening pages - "10 years of experience in 1 hour". This book is written by Derek Sivers, who started a business called CDbaby that he later sold for $22 million. One of my favourite parts of the book was the graph at the begi...

    I like Derek Sivers a lot. He has fantastic stories and has great advice. I love to read his stuff. However, reading this book made me realize that he is more of a product of survivorship bias. This book was filled with two types of lessons: good business advice and then advice t...

    Seth Godin recommended this book for every entrepreneur. I just bought it in kindle format. It's introduction tells that you could learn an author's entire experience of creating business within one hour or two... which, unbelievably, I managed to finish it within exactly one hour b...

    Amazing little book of mostly unconventional entrepreneurship wisdom. Highly recommended! ...

    Ok, so I read this because apparently everyone in web development has been raving about it and I am not really that blown away. I don't know why I had such a different experience from others, but most of the things said in this book just seemed common sense to me. I didn't feel lik...

    Quick read but insightful. The basic premise, as I understood it, is to spend your life doing things that bring you happiness, which is not as straightforward as it seems. Too often, we spend our time doing what we think will make us happy, or what we think others expect from us, or wh...

    I have loved reading Derek Sivers' essays for the longest time. And even though I've read some of the ones mentioned in the book before, they were still as fresh and thought provoking as ever. I listened to the audio book narrated by Mr. Sivers himself, it added another layer of per...

    An interesting read, more like you've sat down over a couple of drinks, and he's spilled his story out on the table. ...

    I have a secret desire to found a technology startup, which probably comes from reading too much Hacker News. I'm pretty happy with my current job, and I don't think I'd actually handle the stress of doing a startup very well, so I doubt it will ever happen. But reading books like this...

    Actually I knew the author, Derek Sivers from his TED speeches: "How to start a movement," "Keep your goals to yourself," and "Weired, or just different?," not from this book. At glance of my thought about him is that he is interested in a big range of topics, but he points out the cor...

    Derek Sivers is not your everyday person or entrepreneur. He has a solid philosophy of life which he executes in a way few dares to do, as it breaks with many cultural norms. In many ways, CD Baby, the backdrop story of this book was the time he discovered his philosophy and got awa...

    Simple message told simply by an author and an business owner who admits to liking simplicity: Do what you like is the best strategy for better business management. Don't get driven into the usual way of doing and managing your business. Your business is YOUR business. Do what you like...

    I fucking love this guy ...

    Quick, easy, very inspirational read -- particularly for entrepreneurs. Love Derek's story and fierce commitment to happiness, simplicity and doing what's best for his customers. ...

    Wow. Amazing book that is compact enough to read in one hour in one sitting yet informative enough to cause your brain to explode with new ideas and inspiration. I needed this, badly. This book gave me the wake up call after five years of being an entrepreneur. I love every single p...

    Anything You Want by Derek Sivers It?s not what you think. The title causes someone to think of some sort of name it and claim it gospel or a how to guide to accumulate mass amounts of whatever you want. Derek Sivers is behind one of the most important lessons on leadership on the...

    Summary: - The goal is happiness, not money. - Be persistent in iterating, not in doing what doesn't work. - Just focus on making customers happy. Go above and beyond for them. If they're not begging you to let them pay you for the service, keep iterating until they are. - Don't wo...

    I was first introduced to Derek Sivers while watching a TED Talk. I thought his three minute speech was brilliant, so when I saw that he had written a book I was very excited to read it. Sivers is the creator of CD Baby, a very successful online business that helps independent music...

    I added this to my list of books to read after it being recommended by Shawn Blanc's monthly book club. Although new books go to the bottom of my list, this one looked like a quick read and given Easter Monday I was able to consume within the hour. What I liked about this book was Sive...

    I've heard Derek's story multiple times in multiple formats, whether in a TED talk, on the Tim Ferriss show, or even on a random podcast where he shared his story, so I had heard many of the lessons distilled in here in different ways. I finally had the chance to knock back the 84 page...

    I read the audio version of this, read by the author himself. The book reads as a manifesto mixed with a retrospective. Derek SIvers founded CD Baby before iTunes, before even ecommerce was popular in order to help a few of his musician friends sell their own CDs online. The busines...

    An extremely short but worthy read. I'm a slower reader, and was done in an hour and a half. Derek Sivers began his own company without ever intending it to grow as it did, and he gives practical advice to readers about happiness in your work, what worked well for him, and mistakes tha...

    I listed to his Ted talk which was the short version of the book although I recommend the book more. Must read! Anyone starting a business or in business or with a pulse read this. His gentle boyish style is refreshing especially considering the heights he has been able to attain. ...

    If you read Derek Sivers' blog or have seen him speak, you won't read anything new in this book. It's very short and took me about an hour to read. Derek Sivers has a great voice and has a refreshing, down-to-earth perspective based on his experiences and decisions. He seems incredibly...

    Why I didn't read this six months ago was a huge mistake. Seems Monsieur Derek has some valuable lessons and insight... but here's the thing his words are only words until you've gone through the fire yourself... or maybe you're just one of those people who actually take advice and...

  • Klinta
    Jul 22, 2018

    The first time I ever spoke to Derek Sivers, I accused him of ripping me off. I had seen his great TEDx video called "Why You Need to Fail" and I wrote him to complain. (Jokingly of course.) I told him "I wrote THE book on failing." Derek gives his e-mail address on his websit...

    A couple of Derek Sivers stories: My first CD Baby order was #17697, for 8 discs, in 2000. When I got the now-famous colorful shipment notice I thought I?d actually been the first brand new customer to order as many as 8 albums. I thought the email had been crafted for me, in part...

    Awesome little book, I will keep re-reading. I love the opening pages - "10 years of experience in 1 hour". This book is written by Derek Sivers, who started a business called CDbaby that he later sold for $22 million. One of my favourite parts of the book was the graph at the begi...

    I like Derek Sivers a lot. He has fantastic stories and has great advice. I love to read his stuff. However, reading this book made me realize that he is more of a product of survivorship bias. This book was filled with two types of lessons: good business advice and then advice t...

    Seth Godin recommended this book for every entrepreneur. I just bought it in kindle format. It's introduction tells that you could learn an author's entire experience of creating business within one hour or two... which, unbelievably, I managed to finish it within exactly one hour b...

    Amazing little book of mostly unconventional entrepreneurship wisdom. Highly recommended! ...

    Ok, so I read this because apparently everyone in web development has been raving about it and I am not really that blown away. I don't know why I had such a different experience from others, but most of the things said in this book just seemed common sense to me. I didn't feel lik...

  • Frode Bjerke
    Jan 21, 2016

    The first time I ever spoke to Derek Sivers, I accused him of ripping me off. I had seen his great TEDx video called "Why You Need to Fail" and I wrote him to complain. (Jokingly of course.) I told him "I wrote THE book on failing." Derek gives his e-mail address on his websit...

    A couple of Derek Sivers stories: My first CD Baby order was #17697, for 8 discs, in 2000. When I got the now-famous colorful shipment notice I thought I?d actually been the first brand new customer to order as many as 8 albums. I thought the email had been crafted for me, in part...

    Awesome little book, I will keep re-reading. I love the opening pages - "10 years of experience in 1 hour". This book is written by Derek Sivers, who started a business called CDbaby that he later sold for $22 million. One of my favourite parts of the book was the graph at the begi...

    I like Derek Sivers a lot. He has fantastic stories and has great advice. I love to read his stuff. However, reading this book made me realize that he is more of a product of survivorship bias. This book was filled with two types of lessons: good business advice and then advice t...

    Seth Godin recommended this book for every entrepreneur. I just bought it in kindle format. It's introduction tells that you could learn an author's entire experience of creating business within one hour or two... which, unbelievably, I managed to finish it within exactly one hour b...

    Amazing little book of mostly unconventional entrepreneurship wisdom. Highly recommended! ...

    Ok, so I read this because apparently everyone in web development has been raving about it and I am not really that blown away. I don't know why I had such a different experience from others, but most of the things said in this book just seemed common sense to me. I didn't feel lik...

    Quick read but insightful. The basic premise, as I understood it, is to spend your life doing things that bring you happiness, which is not as straightforward as it seems. Too often, we spend our time doing what we think will make us happy, or what we think others expect from us, or wh...

    I have loved reading Derek Sivers' essays for the longest time. And even though I've read some of the ones mentioned in the book before, they were still as fresh and thought provoking as ever. I listened to the audio book narrated by Mr. Sivers himself, it added another layer of per...

    An interesting read, more like you've sat down over a couple of drinks, and he's spilled his story out on the table. ...

    I have a secret desire to found a technology startup, which probably comes from reading too much Hacker News. I'm pretty happy with my current job, and I don't think I'd actually handle the stress of doing a startup very well, so I doubt it will ever happen. But reading books like this...

    Actually I knew the author, Derek Sivers from his TED speeches: "How to start a movement," "Keep your goals to yourself," and "Weired, or just different?," not from this book. At glance of my thought about him is that he is interested in a big range of topics, but he points out the cor...

    Derek Sivers is not your everyday person or entrepreneur. He has a solid philosophy of life which he executes in a way few dares to do, as it breaks with many cultural norms. In many ways, CD Baby, the backdrop story of this book was the time he discovered his philosophy and got awa...

  • Keshav Bhatt
    Apr 12, 2015

    The first time I ever spoke to Derek Sivers, I accused him of ripping me off. I had seen his great TEDx video called "Why You Need to Fail" and I wrote him to complain. (Jokingly of course.) I told him "I wrote THE book on failing." Derek gives his e-mail address on his websit...

    A couple of Derek Sivers stories: My first CD Baby order was #17697, for 8 discs, in 2000. When I got the now-famous colorful shipment notice I thought I?d actually been the first brand new customer to order as many as 8 albums. I thought the email had been crafted for me, in part...

    Awesome little book, I will keep re-reading. I love the opening pages - "10 years of experience in 1 hour". This book is written by Derek Sivers, who started a business called CDbaby that he later sold for $22 million. One of my favourite parts of the book was the graph at the begi...

  • Adam Zerner
    May 18, 2017

    The first time I ever spoke to Derek Sivers, I accused him of ripping me off. I had seen his great TEDx video called "Why You Need to Fail" and I wrote him to complain. (Jokingly of course.) I told him "I wrote THE book on failing." Derek gives his e-mail address on his websit...

    A couple of Derek Sivers stories: My first CD Baby order was #17697, for 8 discs, in 2000. When I got the now-famous colorful shipment notice I thought I?d actually been the first brand new customer to order as many as 8 albums. I thought the email had been crafted for me, in part...

    Awesome little book, I will keep re-reading. I love the opening pages - "10 years of experience in 1 hour". This book is written by Derek Sivers, who started a business called CDbaby that he later sold for $22 million. One of my favourite parts of the book was the graph at the begi...

    I like Derek Sivers a lot. He has fantastic stories and has great advice. I love to read his stuff. However, reading this book made me realize that he is more of a product of survivorship bias. This book was filled with two types of lessons: good business advice and then advice t...

    Seth Godin recommended this book for every entrepreneur. I just bought it in kindle format. It's introduction tells that you could learn an author's entire experience of creating business within one hour or two... which, unbelievably, I managed to finish it within exactly one hour b...

    Amazing little book of mostly unconventional entrepreneurship wisdom. Highly recommended! ...

    Ok, so I read this because apparently everyone in web development has been raving about it and I am not really that blown away. I don't know why I had such a different experience from others, but most of the things said in this book just seemed common sense to me. I didn't feel lik...

    Quick read but insightful. The basic premise, as I understood it, is to spend your life doing things that bring you happiness, which is not as straightforward as it seems. Too often, we spend our time doing what we think will make us happy, or what we think others expect from us, or wh...

    I have loved reading Derek Sivers' essays for the longest time. And even though I've read some of the ones mentioned in the book before, they were still as fresh and thought provoking as ever. I listened to the audio book narrated by Mr. Sivers himself, it added another layer of per...

    An interesting read, more like you've sat down over a couple of drinks, and he's spilled his story out on the table. ...

    I have a secret desire to found a technology startup, which probably comes from reading too much Hacker News. I'm pretty happy with my current job, and I don't think I'd actually handle the stress of doing a startup very well, so I doubt it will ever happen. But reading books like this...

    Actually I knew the author, Derek Sivers from his TED speeches: "How to start a movement," "Keep your goals to yourself," and "Weired, or just different?," not from this book. At glance of my thought about him is that he is interested in a big range of topics, but he points out the cor...

    Derek Sivers is not your everyday person or entrepreneur. He has a solid philosophy of life which he executes in a way few dares to do, as it breaks with many cultural norms. In many ways, CD Baby, the backdrop story of this book was the time he discovered his philosophy and got awa...

    Simple message told simply by an author and an business owner who admits to liking simplicity: Do what you like is the best strategy for better business management. Don't get driven into the usual way of doing and managing your business. Your business is YOUR business. Do what you like...

    I fucking love this guy ...

    Quick, easy, very inspirational read -- particularly for entrepreneurs. Love Derek's story and fierce commitment to happiness, simplicity and doing what's best for his customers. ...

    Wow. Amazing book that is compact enough to read in one hour in one sitting yet informative enough to cause your brain to explode with new ideas and inspiration. I needed this, badly. This book gave me the wake up call after five years of being an entrepreneur. I love every single p...

    Anything You Want by Derek Sivers It?s not what you think. The title causes someone to think of some sort of name it and claim it gospel or a how to guide to accumulate mass amounts of whatever you want. Derek Sivers is behind one of the most important lessons on leadership on the...

    Summary: - The goal is happiness, not money. - Be persistent in iterating, not in doing what doesn't work. - Just focus on making customers happy. Go above and beyond for them. If they're not begging you to let them pay you for the service, keep iterating until they are. - Don't wo...

  • Stephen Heiner
    Jul 21, 2017

    The first time I ever spoke to Derek Sivers, I accused him of ripping me off. I had seen his great TEDx video called "Why You Need to Fail" and I wrote him to complain. (Jokingly of course.) I told him "I wrote THE book on failing." Derek gives his e-mail address on his websit...

    A couple of Derek Sivers stories: My first CD Baby order was #17697, for 8 discs, in 2000. When I got the now-famous colorful shipment notice I thought I?d actually been the first brand new customer to order as many as 8 albums. I thought the email had been crafted for me, in part...

    Awesome little book, I will keep re-reading. I love the opening pages - "10 years of experience in 1 hour". This book is written by Derek Sivers, who started a business called CDbaby that he later sold for $22 million. One of my favourite parts of the book was the graph at the begi...

    I like Derek Sivers a lot. He has fantastic stories and has great advice. I love to read his stuff. However, reading this book made me realize that he is more of a product of survivorship bias. This book was filled with two types of lessons: good business advice and then advice t...

    Seth Godin recommended this book for every entrepreneur. I just bought it in kindle format. It's introduction tells that you could learn an author's entire experience of creating business within one hour or two... which, unbelievably, I managed to finish it within exactly one hour b...

    Amazing little book of mostly unconventional entrepreneurship wisdom. Highly recommended! ...

    Ok, so I read this because apparently everyone in web development has been raving about it and I am not really that blown away. I don't know why I had such a different experience from others, but most of the things said in this book just seemed common sense to me. I didn't feel lik...

    Quick read but insightful. The basic premise, as I understood it, is to spend your life doing things that bring you happiness, which is not as straightforward as it seems. Too often, we spend our time doing what we think will make us happy, or what we think others expect from us, or wh...

    I have loved reading Derek Sivers' essays for the longest time. And even though I've read some of the ones mentioned in the book before, they were still as fresh and thought provoking as ever. I listened to the audio book narrated by Mr. Sivers himself, it added another layer of per...

    An interesting read, more like you've sat down over a couple of drinks, and he's spilled his story out on the table. ...

    I have a secret desire to found a technology startup, which probably comes from reading too much Hacker News. I'm pretty happy with my current job, and I don't think I'd actually handle the stress of doing a startup very well, so I doubt it will ever happen. But reading books like this...

    Actually I knew the author, Derek Sivers from his TED speeches: "How to start a movement," "Keep your goals to yourself," and "Weired, or just different?," not from this book. At glance of my thought about him is that he is interested in a big range of topics, but he points out the cor...

    Derek Sivers is not your everyday person or entrepreneur. He has a solid philosophy of life which he executes in a way few dares to do, as it breaks with many cultural norms. In many ways, CD Baby, the backdrop story of this book was the time he discovered his philosophy and got awa...

    Simple message told simply by an author and an business owner who admits to liking simplicity: Do what you like is the best strategy for better business management. Don't get driven into the usual way of doing and managing your business. Your business is YOUR business. Do what you like...

    I fucking love this guy ...

    Quick, easy, very inspirational read -- particularly for entrepreneurs. Love Derek's story and fierce commitment to happiness, simplicity and doing what's best for his customers. ...

    Wow. Amazing book that is compact enough to read in one hour in one sitting yet informative enough to cause your brain to explode with new ideas and inspiration. I needed this, badly. This book gave me the wake up call after five years of being an entrepreneur. I love every single p...

    Anything You Want by Derek Sivers It?s not what you think. The title causes someone to think of some sort of name it and claim it gospel or a how to guide to accumulate mass amounts of whatever you want. Derek Sivers is behind one of the most important lessons on leadership on the...

    Summary: - The goal is happiness, not money. - Be persistent in iterating, not in doing what doesn't work. - Just focus on making customers happy. Go above and beyond for them. If they're not begging you to let them pay you for the service, keep iterating until they are. - Don't wo...

    I was first introduced to Derek Sivers while watching a TED Talk. I thought his three minute speech was brilliant, so when I saw that he had written a book I was very excited to read it. Sivers is the creator of CD Baby, a very successful online business that helps independent music...

    I added this to my list of books to read after it being recommended by Shawn Blanc's monthly book club. Although new books go to the bottom of my list, this one looked like a quick read and given Easter Monday I was able to consume within the hour. What I liked about this book was Sive...

    I've heard Derek's story multiple times in multiple formats, whether in a TED talk, on the Tim Ferriss show, or even on a random podcast where he shared his story, so I had heard many of the lessons distilled in here in different ways. I finally had the chance to knock back the 84 page...

  • Adam
    Mar 09, 2017

    The first time I ever spoke to Derek Sivers, I accused him of ripping me off. I had seen his great TEDx video called "Why You Need to Fail" and I wrote him to complain. (Jokingly of course.) I told him "I wrote THE book on failing." Derek gives his e-mail address on his websit...

    A couple of Derek Sivers stories: My first CD Baby order was #17697, for 8 discs, in 2000. When I got the now-famous colorful shipment notice I thought I?d actually been the first brand new customer to order as many as 8 albums. I thought the email had been crafted for me, in part...

    Awesome little book, I will keep re-reading. I love the opening pages - "10 years of experience in 1 hour". This book is written by Derek Sivers, who started a business called CDbaby that he later sold for $22 million. One of my favourite parts of the book was the graph at the begi...

    I like Derek Sivers a lot. He has fantastic stories and has great advice. I love to read his stuff. However, reading this book made me realize that he is more of a product of survivorship bias. This book was filled with two types of lessons: good business advice and then advice t...

    Seth Godin recommended this book for every entrepreneur. I just bought it in kindle format. It's introduction tells that you could learn an author's entire experience of creating business within one hour or two... which, unbelievably, I managed to finish it within exactly one hour b...

    Amazing little book of mostly unconventional entrepreneurship wisdom. Highly recommended! ...

    Ok, so I read this because apparently everyone in web development has been raving about it and I am not really that blown away. I don't know why I had such a different experience from others, but most of the things said in this book just seemed common sense to me. I didn't feel lik...

    Quick read but insightful. The basic premise, as I understood it, is to spend your life doing things that bring you happiness, which is not as straightforward as it seems. Too often, we spend our time doing what we think will make us happy, or what we think others expect from us, or wh...

    I have loved reading Derek Sivers' essays for the longest time. And even though I've read some of the ones mentioned in the book before, they were still as fresh and thought provoking as ever. I listened to the audio book narrated by Mr. Sivers himself, it added another layer of per...

    An interesting read, more like you've sat down over a couple of drinks, and he's spilled his story out on the table. ...

    I have a secret desire to found a technology startup, which probably comes from reading too much Hacker News. I'm pretty happy with my current job, and I don't think I'd actually handle the stress of doing a startup very well, so I doubt it will ever happen. But reading books like this...

    Actually I knew the author, Derek Sivers from his TED speeches: "How to start a movement," "Keep your goals to yourself," and "Weired, or just different?," not from this book. At glance of my thought about him is that he is interested in a big range of topics, but he points out the cor...

    Derek Sivers is not your everyday person or entrepreneur. He has a solid philosophy of life which he executes in a way few dares to do, as it breaks with many cultural norms. In many ways, CD Baby, the backdrop story of this book was the time he discovered his philosophy and got awa...

    Simple message told simply by an author and an business owner who admits to liking simplicity: Do what you like is the best strategy for better business management. Don't get driven into the usual way of doing and managing your business. Your business is YOUR business. Do what you like...

    I fucking love this guy ...

    Quick, easy, very inspirational read -- particularly for entrepreneurs. Love Derek's story and fierce commitment to happiness, simplicity and doing what's best for his customers. ...

    Wow. Amazing book that is compact enough to read in one hour in one sitting yet informative enough to cause your brain to explode with new ideas and inspiration. I needed this, badly. This book gave me the wake up call after five years of being an entrepreneur. I love every single p...

    Anything You Want by Derek Sivers It?s not what you think. The title causes someone to think of some sort of name it and claim it gospel or a how to guide to accumulate mass amounts of whatever you want. Derek Sivers is behind one of the most important lessons on leadership on the...

    Summary: - The goal is happiness, not money. - Be persistent in iterating, not in doing what doesn't work. - Just focus on making customers happy. Go above and beyond for them. If they're not begging you to let them pay you for the service, keep iterating until they are. - Don't wo...

    I was first introduced to Derek Sivers while watching a TED Talk. I thought his three minute speech was brilliant, so when I saw that he had written a book I was very excited to read it. Sivers is the creator of CD Baby, a very successful online business that helps independent music...

    I added this to my list of books to read after it being recommended by Shawn Blanc's monthly book club. Although new books go to the bottom of my list, this one looked like a quick read and given Easter Monday I was able to consume within the hour. What I liked about this book was Sive...

    I've heard Derek's story multiple times in multiple formats, whether in a TED talk, on the Tim Ferriss show, or even on a random podcast where he shared his story, so I had heard many of the lessons distilled in here in different ways. I finally had the chance to knock back the 84 page...

    I read the audio version of this, read by the author himself. The book reads as a manifesto mixed with a retrospective. Derek SIvers founded CD Baby before iTunes, before even ecommerce was popular in order to help a few of his musician friends sell their own CDs online. The busines...

    An extremely short but worthy read. I'm a slower reader, and was done in an hour and a half. Derek Sivers began his own company without ever intending it to grow as it did, and he gives practical advice to readers about happiness in your work, what worked well for him, and mistakes tha...

    I listed to his Ted talk which was the short version of the book although I recommend the book more. Must read! Anyone starting a business or in business or with a pulse read this. His gentle boyish style is refreshing especially considering the heights he has been able to attain. ...

  • Brad Revell
    Apr 17, 2017

    The first time I ever spoke to Derek Sivers, I accused him of ripping me off. I had seen his great TEDx video called "Why You Need to Fail" and I wrote him to complain. (Jokingly of course.) I told him "I wrote THE book on failing." Derek gives his e-mail address on his websit...

    A couple of Derek Sivers stories: My first CD Baby order was #17697, for 8 discs, in 2000. When I got the now-famous colorful shipment notice I thought I?d actually been the first brand new customer to order as many as 8 albums. I thought the email had been crafted for me, in part...

    Awesome little book, I will keep re-reading. I love the opening pages - "10 years of experience in 1 hour". This book is written by Derek Sivers, who started a business called CDbaby that he later sold for $22 million. One of my favourite parts of the book was the graph at the begi...

    I like Derek Sivers a lot. He has fantastic stories and has great advice. I love to read his stuff. However, reading this book made me realize that he is more of a product of survivorship bias. This book was filled with two types of lessons: good business advice and then advice t...

    Seth Godin recommended this book for every entrepreneur. I just bought it in kindle format. It's introduction tells that you could learn an author's entire experience of creating business within one hour or two... which, unbelievably, I managed to finish it within exactly one hour b...

    Amazing little book of mostly unconventional entrepreneurship wisdom. Highly recommended! ...

    Ok, so I read this because apparently everyone in web development has been raving about it and I am not really that blown away. I don't know why I had such a different experience from others, but most of the things said in this book just seemed common sense to me. I didn't feel lik...

    Quick read but insightful. The basic premise, as I understood it, is to spend your life doing things that bring you happiness, which is not as straightforward as it seems. Too often, we spend our time doing what we think will make us happy, or what we think others expect from us, or wh...

    I have loved reading Derek Sivers' essays for the longest time. And even though I've read some of the ones mentioned in the book before, they were still as fresh and thought provoking as ever. I listened to the audio book narrated by Mr. Sivers himself, it added another layer of per...

    An interesting read, more like you've sat down over a couple of drinks, and he's spilled his story out on the table. ...

    I have a secret desire to found a technology startup, which probably comes from reading too much Hacker News. I'm pretty happy with my current job, and I don't think I'd actually handle the stress of doing a startup very well, so I doubt it will ever happen. But reading books like this...

    Actually I knew the author, Derek Sivers from his TED speeches: "How to start a movement," "Keep your goals to yourself," and "Weired, or just different?," not from this book. At glance of my thought about him is that he is interested in a big range of topics, but he points out the cor...

    Derek Sivers is not your everyday person or entrepreneur. He has a solid philosophy of life which he executes in a way few dares to do, as it breaks with many cultural norms. In many ways, CD Baby, the backdrop story of this book was the time he discovered his philosophy and got awa...

    Simple message told simply by an author and an business owner who admits to liking simplicity: Do what you like is the best strategy for better business management. Don't get driven into the usual way of doing and managing your business. Your business is YOUR business. Do what you like...

    I fucking love this guy ...

    Quick, easy, very inspirational read -- particularly for entrepreneurs. Love Derek's story and fierce commitment to happiness, simplicity and doing what's best for his customers. ...

    Wow. Amazing book that is compact enough to read in one hour in one sitting yet informative enough to cause your brain to explode with new ideas and inspiration. I needed this, badly. This book gave me the wake up call after five years of being an entrepreneur. I love every single p...

    Anything You Want by Derek Sivers It?s not what you think. The title causes someone to think of some sort of name it and claim it gospel or a how to guide to accumulate mass amounts of whatever you want. Derek Sivers is behind one of the most important lessons on leadership on the...

    Summary: - The goal is happiness, not money. - Be persistent in iterating, not in doing what doesn't work. - Just focus on making customers happy. Go above and beyond for them. If they're not begging you to let them pay you for the service, keep iterating until they are. - Don't wo...

    I was first introduced to Derek Sivers while watching a TED Talk. I thought his three minute speech was brilliant, so when I saw that he had written a book I was very excited to read it. Sivers is the creator of CD Baby, a very successful online business that helps independent music...

    I added this to my list of books to read after it being recommended by Shawn Blanc's monthly book club. Although new books go to the bottom of my list, this one looked like a quick read and given Easter Monday I was able to consume within the hour. What I liked about this book was Sive...

  • Ioannis
    Jun 05, 2016

    The first time I ever spoke to Derek Sivers, I accused him of ripping me off. I had seen his great TEDx video called "Why You Need to Fail" and I wrote him to complain. (Jokingly of course.) I told him "I wrote THE book on failing." Derek gives his e-mail address on his websit...

    A couple of Derek Sivers stories: My first CD Baby order was #17697, for 8 discs, in 2000. When I got the now-famous colorful shipment notice I thought I?d actually been the first brand new customer to order as many as 8 albums. I thought the email had been crafted for me, in part...

    Awesome little book, I will keep re-reading. I love the opening pages - "10 years of experience in 1 hour". This book is written by Derek Sivers, who started a business called CDbaby that he later sold for $22 million. One of my favourite parts of the book was the graph at the begi...

    I like Derek Sivers a lot. He has fantastic stories and has great advice. I love to read his stuff. However, reading this book made me realize that he is more of a product of survivorship bias. This book was filled with two types of lessons: good business advice and then advice t...

    Seth Godin recommended this book for every entrepreneur. I just bought it in kindle format. It's introduction tells that you could learn an author's entire experience of creating business within one hour or two... which, unbelievably, I managed to finish it within exactly one hour b...

    Amazing little book of mostly unconventional entrepreneurship wisdom. Highly recommended! ...

  • Roni Laukkarinen
    Aug 28, 2018

    The first time I ever spoke to Derek Sivers, I accused him of ripping me off. I had seen his great TEDx video called "Why You Need to Fail" and I wrote him to complain. (Jokingly of course.) I told him "I wrote THE book on failing." Derek gives his e-mail address on his websit...

    A couple of Derek Sivers stories: My first CD Baby order was #17697, for 8 discs, in 2000. When I got the now-famous colorful shipment notice I thought I?d actually been the first brand new customer to order as many as 8 albums. I thought the email had been crafted for me, in part...

    Awesome little book, I will keep re-reading. I love the opening pages - "10 years of experience in 1 hour". This book is written by Derek Sivers, who started a business called CDbaby that he later sold for $22 million. One of my favourite parts of the book was the graph at the begi...

    I like Derek Sivers a lot. He has fantastic stories and has great advice. I love to read his stuff. However, reading this book made me realize that he is more of a product of survivorship bias. This book was filled with two types of lessons: good business advice and then advice t...

    Seth Godin recommended this book for every entrepreneur. I just bought it in kindle format. It's introduction tells that you could learn an author's entire experience of creating business within one hour or two... which, unbelievably, I managed to finish it within exactly one hour b...

    Amazing little book of mostly unconventional entrepreneurship wisdom. Highly recommended! ...

    Ok, so I read this because apparently everyone in web development has been raving about it and I am not really that blown away. I don't know why I had such a different experience from others, but most of the things said in this book just seemed common sense to me. I didn't feel lik...

    Quick read but insightful. The basic premise, as I understood it, is to spend your life doing things that bring you happiness, which is not as straightforward as it seems. Too often, we spend our time doing what we think will make us happy, or what we think others expect from us, or wh...

    I have loved reading Derek Sivers' essays for the longest time. And even though I've read some of the ones mentioned in the book before, they were still as fresh and thought provoking as ever. I listened to the audio book narrated by Mr. Sivers himself, it added another layer of per...

    An interesting read, more like you've sat down over a couple of drinks, and he's spilled his story out on the table. ...

    I have a secret desire to found a technology startup, which probably comes from reading too much Hacker News. I'm pretty happy with my current job, and I don't think I'd actually handle the stress of doing a startup very well, so I doubt it will ever happen. But reading books like this...

    Actually I knew the author, Derek Sivers from his TED speeches: "How to start a movement," "Keep your goals to yourself," and "Weired, or just different?," not from this book. At glance of my thought about him is that he is interested in a big range of topics, but he points out the cor...

    Derek Sivers is not your everyday person or entrepreneur. He has a solid philosophy of life which he executes in a way few dares to do, as it breaks with many cultural norms. In many ways, CD Baby, the backdrop story of this book was the time he discovered his philosophy and got awa...

    Simple message told simply by an author and an business owner who admits to liking simplicity: Do what you like is the best strategy for better business management. Don't get driven into the usual way of doing and managing your business. Your business is YOUR business. Do what you like...

    I fucking love this guy ...

    Quick, easy, very inspirational read -- particularly for entrepreneurs. Love Derek's story and fierce commitment to happiness, simplicity and doing what's best for his customers. ...

    Wow. Amazing book that is compact enough to read in one hour in one sitting yet informative enough to cause your brain to explode with new ideas and inspiration. I needed this, badly. This book gave me the wake up call after five years of being an entrepreneur. I love every single p...