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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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    Richard Fox Island, WA, United States 07-03-11
    Richard Fox Island, WA, United States 07-03-11

    AKA Ric Hansen

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    "Short and poignant"

    Authentic, straight shooting look at one guys success story. He makes a point of prefacing his life and business experience with "here's what worked for me". The message I pulled from the book is, there probably is no magic bullet that if followed will make you successful. It's probably a good idea NOT to search for someone else's success and duplicate it, but rather create your own story keeping in mind that it is about your passion and desire to create something....not built around the desire to be wealthy. That part will come, after you follow your dream. His candid look at how he failed as well as how he succeeded made the story realistic and believable. I enjoyed his narration and didn't stop listening until the end.

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Dominic Markham, ON, Canada 08-28-11
    Dominic Markham, ON, Canada 08-28-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Outstanding!"

    One of the best audiobooks I've listened to. Significant value in wisdom per minute.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jay Cambridge, MA, United States 07-05-11
    Jay Cambridge, MA, United States 07-05-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Inspiring and enjoyable read!"

    Derek has a real knack for storytelling and a unique perspective. I've always enjoyed his blog, but spending an hour and a half with his writing gave me a much better feel for his approach and mojo and vibe. I really enjoyed it, particularly having it also be in his voice.

    I particularly liked his take on trust. I've spent a lot of time thinking through issues like he bring up with his employees, although mostly I think about co-founders. But it's a similar thing. I really want to trust people as much as I can, I think it's empowering and leads to a great vibe. But you do also have to look out for yourself, because there are people out there who will just burn you.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Omar USA 12-21-12
    Omar USA 12-21-12 Member Since 2011

    “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” - Albert Einstein

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    "Listened to it 3 times!"

    The headlines says it all, the book is too good and to the point that you will want to re-listen to it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gordon Dawson Creek, BC, Canada 10-20-11
    Gordon Dawson Creek, BC, Canada 10-20-11 Member Since 2011

    Web Developer, Eldoren Design, www.eldoren.com

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    "Entertaining and well presented! A great read!"

    I loved this book and how it was presented. There was some great information and Derek makes it very clear how things worked or didn't. His honest approach but also entertaining approach made me want to read it again. This is one of those authors who I would follow and by every book he comes out with. I put him up in the SETH GODIN level and think he has alot to offer. Again, a fantastic read, very clear and easy to listen to. And I had a great laugh as well. He's pretty funny.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael coorparoo, Australia 11-13-11
    Michael coorparoo, Australia 11-13-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Awsome, succinct - well worth it."

    Heaps of takeaways, in an honest and humble performance.

    A bit of an odd business success story, but a great listen nevertheless!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David CINCINNATI, OH, United States 10-30-11
    David CINCINNATI, OH, United States 10-30-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Not just for Entrepreneurs"

    The history of CD Baby is used to illustrate management points. Interesting history interspersed with management gems.

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    G United States 10-12-11
    G United States 10-12-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Worth a listen"

    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.

    1 of 1 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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  • Hey MICKEY 5000!£4xx
    9/8/11
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    "Good for the stories and fun all round"

    Derek is an interesting guy, have always been a fan of his blogs etc. He writes some excellent stuff about the music industry, probably some of the best stuff around.

    This book is a collection of different articles and blog postings with some hilarious moments and great story telling.

    If you're a young but creative business person, I say yay, but nay if you're more creative than business, because this book is aimed towards new, radical, original type business minded people.

    He breaks down what business is:

    For an idea to be good it has to be useful.

    And this book is pretty useful, so yes, I recommend it to anyone associated with business particularly the programming, new internet based businesses, music industry types and record label people.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    South Shields, United Kingdom
    11/3/11
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    "Enjoyable from start to finish"

    I've listened to numerous business audiobooks and rate this as one of my favourites. Derek really spills the beans on his entrepreneurial experiences, his business ideals and ethics are missing in many modern companies and what a shame that is.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen Konetske
    1/10/12
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    "Worth a listen"

    Too many people give out 4 and 5 star ratings for my liking. For me 5 stars has got to be mind blowing and / or life changing (Zig Ziglar and Anthony Robbins fall into this category for me).

    The author of this book seems sincere and doesn't promise to change your life just share his story of his success, and in fairness that what this book does. This is just a book about his success and the principles that worked for him and may not be applicable to your businesss.

    As I said in the title worth a listen

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Colin
    WATFORD, United Kingdom
    10/28/11
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    "An excellent, informative and enjoyable listen"

    This is possibly one of the best audiobooks I've heard. The author narrates in an engaging, light manner and openly explains how his business grew to be worth millions in spite of the fact that he didn't want it to.

    His points on decision-making and changing tack are very well made, and his ongoing experience with staff and suppliers fresh and entertaining. I must've listened to this book 3-4 times back-to-back, it is just that good.

    For me a huge plus was discovering the web site the book is based upon, and after only 1 week I've already sold my first music CD in the USA!

    Highly recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Raphy
    upholland, United Kingdom
    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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • greg
    BELFAST, United Kingdom
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    "listened to it three times already"

    I've listened to some great books on audible so far, but I think this one was the most engaging for me.It's an open and frank discussion of the highs and lows of online business. But also a story of starting small and learning on the Job.Despite his eccentric business practices and lack of formal business training he made a great success with cdbaby,eventually selling for 22 million I think.A very entertaining and useful listen, really enjoyed it.Enough to listen to it three times in a row.:)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Christophe
    Harelbeke, Belgium
    1/13/13
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    "On top of my playlist"

    This audiobook is pure enjoyment for 1,5 hours. I listened to it at least 10 times and I'm still not tired of it, I even bought the printed book after knowing the audio-version by heart !

    It's a fantastic story, and Derek does a great job telling it like he does. I love the humor in this book, but no mistake : the information in "Anything you want" is very valuable.

    I recommend this book to everyone !

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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