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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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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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    Raymond Sidney, OH, United States 12-09-11
    Raymond Sidney, OH, United States 12-09-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Derek Sivers is a awesome, loving, moving person!"
    Would you listen to Anything You Want again? Why?

    Yes, I will probably listen to it over and over again, the wisdom here is amazing. A diamond in the rough. The brilliance of basic love for your fellow man is the starting point of a buisness that will not quit or give-up, Derek treats all others with the respect of a humbled individual not hung-up on the vises of this present world. If I was to be able to tell you that this is so special indeed, and can not be found in most places. If you love God, People and Self, I mean truly this book is for you, this is not just a business book, it is a life lesson book i will cherish for a very long time!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The whole story is beautiful, revealing, straight forward, giving, trail-blazing!


    What about Derek Sivers???s performance did you like?

    Yes, he told his heart what more could a listener ask for!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me hope, dream, imagine, live!


    Any additional comments?

    My deepest hope is that someone reading this would realize that this is not normal actions of a person in this day and age but this is only done by obeying Bible commands like Loving the Lord your God with all your heart Soul and Mind. Loving your neighbor as yourself!

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    Vinicio Newark, NJ, United States 12-02-11
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    "This one is a must!"

    I loved listening to this book, this book is a great example for those people that want to do something great for society, it’s about a guy that wants to start a business to fulfill a necessity for his independent colleagues musicians, the vision and the passion of the entrepreneur transmit on this audiobook will inspire you.

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    Glenn Richmond Hill, ON, Canada 11-28-11
    Glenn Richmond Hill, ON, Canada 11-28-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Short, inspirational audio"

    Very short, inspirational, honest account of how CDBaby was created then sold. (CDBaby was a successful early internet company.) He is the kind of guy that would rather be happy than rich and he explores his journey using this criteria. This is so short (1.5hr) and inspirational I will listen to it again. If you like this book you should read "Delivering Happiness" by Tony Hsieh.

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    Tolley Buderim, Australia 09-18-11
    Tolley Buderim, Australia 09-18-11
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    "Refreshing thinking in a useful business biography"

    A very provocative presentation presented in a disarming, low-key way. Wasn't expecting too much, but Sivers has some good clarity about his personal purpose / drivers, and tells a useful story about how he put that to work for him. Worth a listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tubach Novato, CA, United States 09-10-11
    Tubach Novato, CA, United States 09-10-11
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    "Elegantly short and concise"

    Quick read, and enjoyable. Not your typical success story, which makes it all the more entertaining and inspirational.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Eszter Becske, Hungary 08-07-11
    Eszter Becske, Hungary 08-07-11
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    "Interesting"

    It was worth listening to! Not only is Sivers a successful innovator but a good author and a great performer, too.

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    Robert LAND O LAKES, FL, United States 07-13-11
    Robert LAND O LAKES, FL, United States 07-13-11
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    Just a great listen. Thanks for sharing your story. This is a must listen if you are looking for a little inspiration. Perfect for the quick plane ride.

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    Melanie at LushPad North Vancouver, BC, Canada 12-06-11
    Melanie at LushPad North Vancouver, BC, Canada 12-06-11

    Owner of LushPad com

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    "Thin concepts and lacks substance"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I was excited to purchase this book, but within 10 minutes of listening to it I regretted spending the money on it. The Lessons provided are all fairly obvious, and some of the advice given is really, really bad (example: you don't need terms of use or legal pages on your site). There's no meat or actionable items - comes across as a guy who got lucky in ecommerce and really doesn't know marketing strategy or the value of a business plan. I'm so disappointed with this book that I've stopped listening to it half way through. Wish I could send it back for a refund!


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    Jo 12-05-11
    Jo 12-05-11
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    An easy listen that makes you remember why you started your business in the first place.

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    Nancy San Juan Capistrano, CA, United States 12-05-11
    Nancy San Juan Capistrano, CA, United States 12-05-11

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    I'm sure some people would benifit from this but it just didn't make it for me.


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