When anyone can start a business (when everyone is running their career like a business), it begs a question. This is your one chance at life, you can have anything you want, what is worth doing?
Most people don't know why they're doing what they're doing. They imitate others, go with the flow, and follow paths without making their own.
They spend decades in pursuit of something that someone convinced them they should want, without realizing that it won't make them happy.
Anything You Want is a manifesto about living life, appreciating enough, and doing what matters. It's most of what fabled entrepreneur Derek Sivers learned in ten years of starting and growing a small business, compacted into something you can listen to in an hour and a half. A life worth living starts with knowing your personal philosophy of what makes you happy and what's worth doing.
©2011 Derek Sivers (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I enjoyed the author's straight forward style and honesty. I appreciated that he shared some of his failures and mistakes as well as his successes.
The author's narration I found a bit too laid back, and his view a bit Utopian, but that mindset was a critical part of his success.
A short easy read that is well worth it. You will definitely pick up some good stuff.
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.
I've always thought about business in a different way than most. It has also been hard to be told I'm doing things wrong, not normal, and against the ways of the wise. Then, by way of a friend, along came Derek Sivers and his alternate ways of building & running a business. This guy has done the things I do, thinks the way I do and was successful at it all the while at odds with mainstream ways of business practices. Perhaps I will be alright after all, who knew?! Thank you Derek! Thank you very much!!
Somehow this audiobook came into my life at exactly the right moment. Simple focused lessons for everyone. Derek is a great storyteller and sounds like one of the most interesting man in the world.
This book is for the entrepreneur who is starting a business and wants to build a company that serves her clients to the fullest and grows exponentially.
Building a business is about having the freedom to live a life that you design, and this book tells Derek's story about how he did it, and how you can do it to.
It's a great short listen for everyone looking to succeed in life.
So many brilliant pieces of advice per page. I feel outraged that Derek got separated from his baby business for which he had worked so hard, by people he had helped so much. But that's real life for you, and people are usually cruel. What is out of this world is that Derek simply donated 22 million. For me Derek Sivers ia a mad genius.
This book is a good autobiography. Or case study. But it's not a book on business advice as the situations are unique and specific to this author. It's difficult to generalise the learnings to all personality types. His narration is excellent.
I liked the honesty. I think if you listen you should try to turn off any internal curation or filter for what is said as it's a factual account of someone else life. It doesn't need judgement, it's just very very interesting.
Talking about how his dad accidentally owned 90% of his business and due to a tax loophole could not discharge the business for less than an independently achieved valuation.
I've never even heard of Derek before reading a tweet today. He's engaging, interesting and has a refreshing outlook on life
Personal stories can be so emotive, especially if you listen then your brain starts the what-if process... When Derek fired someone I had to take a moment; it's something I've had to experience and something I've done as a business owner; I really felt for both parties.
Really amazing; would recommend to anyone, have already shared the link to a lot of people on facebook.
"Refreshing entrepreneur story"
Loved this audiobook because the author tells a story of how he grew and sold a company for $20m, but there is none of the typical business advice. Derek silvers didn't care about corporate systems, investors, capitalism or even money. All he cared about was serving a specific group of people and he tells the story of how he did it in his own way. And the story is brilliantly read by the author.
"My most listened to business book"
Easily listened to, no rambling but not rushed.... One of the best business books available because it just tells his story and doesn't waste 5 hours of repetition.... Or more
The story of the despatch of the cd on the silk cushion... Brilliant
"Sivers is an inspiration "
Derek Sivers is a truly inspiring human being. If I were asked, "who springs to mind if you think of success," Derek is that man. This book contains the secrets of that success, and it's all surprisingly simple; all so easy to act upon. It's short, yet dense with insight. Humble, imaginative, honest and charming. Worth listening to again and again and again, especially as it's read so beautifully by the author himself.
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