I like this book so much. Short, sincere and very meaningful. A scarce valuable resource in today's digital media world of non-stop interruptions. I have become Derek's fan because of his concisely meaningful communication style.
This book is set to change lives. The way I look at business will never be the same again.
It helped reinforce a clearer intention in me about what I am about to set out to do in this world. It taught me how to look outside of me, and business is about creating my perfect Utopia.
And I hear the message loud and clear: Never forget why I am starting my business. It will definitely keep my focus right in the days of the dawn and the nights of the darkest storm.
I am definitely going to listen to this book a few more times, and plan to buy the hardcover one for collection and reference.
Thank you for a wonderful book, Derek. I can't wait for the next one.
passionate reader & writer
Sivers reminds you that even very successful business people make big mistakes and inspires you to go easy yourself. A failure is not a failure. It's a discovery of yet another way things don't work.
This has come at the perfect time for me although I will say I also could have used it years ago. I am an entrepreneur in a very competitive business. I have been doing this for 15 years and still love parts of it. The parts that drove me in the early days are the ones I spend the least time doing these days and I find myself thinking about selling out. Even though we just had our best back to back years ever. It is time for me to get back to the things I love doing and get away from sitting at my desk answering endless emails and addressing streams of happiness-numbing paperwork. I bought this audiobook immediately after listening to Derek on Tim Ferriss' podcast. Which I only heard because I was on a long drive and the podcast I wanted to listen to ended and this one queued up right after despite my attempts to find my glasses while driving at night, so I could find a podcast that I really wanted to listen to. One of those small moments that take you some where you didn't know you were going. Like Derek's early road to being a paid musician (again, see -- listen to? Tim Ferris podcast). A must listen for any new OR old(er) entrepreneur.
I'm so glad that I listened to this audiobook. Derek conveys so much wisdom in short order. He truly "gets it" and I think every person who is involved in entrepreneurship or just a personal venture of some sort stands to gain alot from this book. Highest of recommendations!
This was amazing. I have listened to it 15 times.
I did. And I could because it was quick and easy.
Derek is a trailblazer... I hope he writes more.
After listening to this book I really want to make friends with Derek with Derek. He sounds like a great person that would be inspirational to hangout with. This book has very good advice on starting and running a business or running life.
really easy to consume audio book that removes all the fluff and gives you exactly what you're looking for. dereks delivery is great and made me want to listen to everything in one sitting. highly recommend
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In 2008, Derek Sivers, a musician / circus clown sold his business CD Baby for 22 million and donated most of the proceeds.
The story of how he learned to program, built his business, and ran his innovative company is worth the price of the book.
It's a story of success, failure, reinvention, struggles, innovation and practical advice and philosophy that you can use in your own life.
I read this book years ago and some of the lessons still stick with me.
Derek has since gone on to give Ted Talks & appear on the Tim Ferriss Podcast.
Derek's message in this book about being content with what you have and not gripping so hard to accomplishing more is a refreshing look at how to succeed but also how to enjoy the journey even if you don't hit your goals.