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Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur | [Derek Sivers]

Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Alex S. Atlanta, GA 11-20-13
    Alex S. Atlanta, GA 11-20-13
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    "Original and valuable take on entrepreneurship"
    Would you listen to Anything You Want again? Why?

    Yes. The story and perspective of the author is compelling and remarkable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Anything You Want?

    Derek has a unique and compelling take on what it means to run your own business. He's not obsessed with just making a buck, but rather making his customers - and ultimately himself - happy.


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    Tatiana Slepukhin Canada 11-17-13
    Tatiana Slepukhin Canada 11-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Brilliant"
    What made the experience of listening to Anything You Want the most enjoyable?


    Who was your favorite character and why?


    What does Derek Sivers bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Honesty, passion.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    The most inspirational business book I had a chance to read. Derek's passion and honesty adds to the book (I had a privilege to listen to narration - audiobook).

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    Lee Chapel Hill, NC, United States 10-27-13
    Lee Chapel Hill, NC, United States 10-27-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Refreshing"

    I so enjoyed this book, I listened to it 3 times. It is a very human, down to earth, golden-rule type approach to business and life. Derek shows you can put heart and fun into business.

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    Jessica Warranwood, Australia 08-29-13
    Jessica Warranwood, Australia 08-29-13
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    "One of the best business books of all time"

    Great business ethics. This book really spoke to me, I loved the emphasis on connecting with your purpouse in starting your business.

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    Mr. Twenty Twenty Melbourne, Australia 07-28-13
    Mr. Twenty Twenty Melbourne, Australia 07-28-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Head - Heart - Hands - Success with Soul"
    Would you listen to Anything You Want again? Why?

    I would definitely listen multiple times. Derek's presentation and information is simple, straightforward, and full of real life soul. Lovely to listen to and easy to impliment.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Anything You Want?

    What was most memorable was the theme - more than any specific moment. Derek's focus on pleasing the client / customer - and his simple honest sharing of his experience of doing just that is priceless.


    Have you listened to any of Derek Sivers’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've only come across Derek on video before. This audible release is great.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Spirit of Success.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great audible experience. Looking foward to more.

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    Ben Nesvig Minneapolis, MN 03-22-13
    Ben Nesvig Minneapolis, MN 03-22-13 Listener Since 2009
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    "Bite Sized Wisdom Well Told"

    This is one of the best narrations by an author I've heard. While I read Kindle version of the book when it came out, the audio version was a worthy addition thanks to Derek's great delivery and style. This is a great listen for little bursts of inspiration and wisdom.

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    DS NH 03-19-13
    DS NH 03-19-13 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "THE BEST GUIDE TO ENTREPRENEURS"

    This is the best guide to being an entrepreneur that I've ever read. Loaded with great tales of mistakes made and always in the context of the over-riding vision of serving the customer.... and remembering that you are doing whatever in order to be happy. Great, short book.

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    Mr. A. O. Ayim UK 01-14-13
    Mr. A. O. Ayim UK 01-14-13
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    "Easy to digest, quick listen"

    Really enjoyed this listen, a must for all wannabe entrepreneurs. Its a worthy 2 hours!!

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    Matt San Francisco, CA, United States 12-08-12
    Matt San Francisco, CA, United States 12-08-12 Member Since 2005
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    If you could sum up Anything You Want in three words, what would they be?

    Unique, reflective, inspiring


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Anything You Want?

    The goal of any activity is to create happiness; a business doesn't have to be huge to be successful, if it is fulfilling.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Easily finished this book in one sitting, without feeling like it came up short.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is packed with very useful lessons and anecdotes. This is a particularly fantastic read for anyone thinking about starting a business. Derek has a very unique perspective on business -- fulfillment vs profit -- which is refreshing and inspiring.

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    Felipe SAO PAULO, Brazil 08-29-12
    Felipe SAO PAULO, Brazil 08-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Inspirational story"

    I loved the simplicity and honesty shown by Derek Sivers in this book. You can really understand what he means in every sentence and taught because he's so transparent that is really easy to comprehend his true intentions in every action. Definitely one of my favorite audio books!

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