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.
AKA Ric Hansen
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.
Web Developer, Eldoren Design, www.eldoren.com
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.
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.
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.
Heaps of takeaways, in an honest and humble performance.
A bit of an odd business success story, but a great listen nevertheless!
The history of CD Baby is used to illustrate management points. Interesting history interspersed with management gems.
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.
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