I found this book to be very refreshing and insightful. Derek does an excellent job telling his story. Many of his points go against the traditional business model and I found that to be very refreshing. Derek shares a lot of what worked but also some of what didn't. You don't have to run your business by strict rules and squeeze every penny out of it to be successful. Run your business because it's fun and take care of the customers. The rest will follow. That's what I got out of this short but worthwhile book.
Foreign voices become dear friends, whispering in my ear. Some last long after the story has ended, heard, then, by all whom I touch.
Good story, performed well, honest, humble about a musician who inadvertently made a bundle of money by keeping it simple and sticking to his principles.
I put this book at the top of my motivational/business listening. I have listened to it twice now and as an owner of a small main street business I find it inspiring. True things have changed in the economy since Derek's experiences yet many things haven't.
There is good thinking material for anyone in his comments about growth and planning. Plan for the what ifs and know that any business plan goes out the window with the first customer.
Derek Sivers does an excellent job reading his book. His voice is easily heard in the car while driving.
Derek fell into a niche business he loved. He did not have a plan and he appears to have either been badly advised or took no advice on how to run a business. But he was the typical small business set up by someone without business experience.
He cost himself a lot of money, but was fortunate to be able to absorb a $3 million dollar error. Learn from this!
If you are setting up a business or in a business, this a short concise guide on the type of typical errors business owners make. You can't just hand over your business to staff unless you document how the business needs to run. You own the business, you have the vision, telling people how it all should work, does not work, you need to write it down.
Just because others did it one way, this does not mean they were correct. Use Derek's experience of profit sharing agreements and staff failing on critical issues as pointers to avoid.
Many people fall into a business with no planning. CD baby is a great example. Don't rely on a bank teller to advise you on your business decisions (this happened to Derek) and while family are great, get your own independent advisers and support structure (this cost him ???3 dollars)
This book is short and this makes it perfect for listening to over and over again. Derek worked hard to get where he is today, but it could have been easier and less costly. Hopefully you can gain from his mistakes, lessons learned and his achievements as in the end he achieved much and enjoyed himself.
I've bought it twice now. The real book, and now the audio book so I can listen whenever. I'm trying to memorize it. Too much good advice for only one copy.
I really liked his style of explaining things. It finally made a few things click, like what it means to persevere, but not push something that isn't going to work. Awesome stuff.
Entrepreneur & Writer
I would recommend this to anyone looking to use the internet to fulfill a desire burning in them to innovate and do things their way and on their own terms.
Great work, Derek Sivers-it was encouraging and real...I, for one, appreciate the stories that are straight from the 'horse's mouth'!
Traveler. Artist. Dreamer.
This book is easy to understand, it was short, and I have already listened to it a couple of times already. It is a collection of great stories that you can apply to your own situations, but to do it your own way. I think that is why I really liked it, because it doesn't claim to be the only way to do things. Also, he stresses important things, like journaling, to be helpful practice for him without directly pointing it out. I like the way it was read because it was clear and you can really feel how the author meant to portray certain situations.
Absolutely. It's changed my thinking about the work I do. Also, after reading so many books that unnecessarily padded a few simples ideas in order to stretch them to book length, this was refreshing.
I also love the author's voice on this recording, which seems to convey a youthful energy and enthusiasm, free of ego.
Well, I liked Michael Port's book,
Great reading voice.
Yes, and that is rare.