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Anything You Want Audiobook

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

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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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    Chng Singapore, Singapore 08-23-11
    Chng Singapore, Singapore 08-23-11
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    "A book that touches my heart"

    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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Visnja Zeljeznjak Rijeka, Croatia 07-16-11
    Visnja Zeljeznjak Rijeka, Croatia 07-16-11

    passionate reader & writer

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    "Inspiring and thought-provoking"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Brad Mills 01-15-17
    Brad Mills 01-15-17 Member Since 2014

    I don't know what the signature does.

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    "Enthralling story, full of practical tips"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Duffy Livermore, CA 01-11-17
    Michael Duffy Livermore, CA 01-11-17 Member Since 2016

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    "honest, transparent and refreshing read."

    it is encouraging to hear of people like Derek who understand happiness is not found in stuff. quick read and inspiring words.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alberto Deida Lakewood Colorado 01-03-17
    Alberto Deida Lakewood Colorado 01-03-17 Member Since 2015

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    "Great story with amazing results"

    A smart POV on opportunity and making the most of chances while creating the place you want to live in and work. Passion and luck can make dreams come true if you pay attention and put other's need first, as service or product. Very inspiring and on point. Just what I needed to start the year.

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    Abdulhadi Albaroudi 01-02-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Good advices"

    awesome book Simple story with huge advices.
    I love this book so much and advise everybody to read it.

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    Ledo 12-30-16
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    10/10 would recommend. Interesting. Short. Sweet. Learn from experience. Just do it. Great voice for audio books.

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    Pedro Mendez 12-20-16
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    "A book that will change you way of thinking"

    If you are thinking on becoming an entrepreneur or you are one, this is a MUST read!!! Amazing!!!!

    Thanks Derek.

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    Philippe 11-28-16
    Philippe 11-28-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Simple and to the point"

    This book is great for me as I am a new entrepreneur and wanted guidance and simplicity. He comes from the heart and that's all that matters!

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    Bill Moriarty Philly 11-23-16
    Bill Moriarty Philly 11-23-16
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    "Supremely useful"

    I bought this on audiobook as Derek Sivers recommended instead of hardcopy, and I found it extremely useful.

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  • Chiara Peveri
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    4/17/16
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    "Inspiring"

    Derek has this extremely NOT CONVENTIONAL way to be a great leader.. Just for himself. And it turns out he has made A HUGE IMPACT for millions of people! Way to go. I will listen to this book again and again. Thank you!

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  • Lewis Cowles
    4/13/16
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    "Great listen"
    What did you like most about Anything You Want?

    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.


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

    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.


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

    I've never even heard of Derek before reading a tweet today. He's engaging, interesting and has a refreshing outlook on life


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Really amazing; would recommend to anyone, have already shared the link to a lot of people on facebook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter L.
    3/25/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swift
    Cheshire UK
    3/15/16
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    "My most listened to business book"
    What did you like most about Anything You Want?

    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


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

    The story of the despatch of the cd on the silk cushion... Brilliant


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

    Relaxed honesty


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    No bull


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patrick
    2/21/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • anonymous
    10/20/11
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    "fun factor"

    Interesting fun narration. like author being honest about his mistakes. you may be able to pick few ideas which would suit your business life

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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