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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

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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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    Robert Zelubowski Philadelphia, PA United States 09-19-17
    Robert Zelubowski Philadelphia, PA United States 09-19-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great, new point of view on business!!!!!"

    What a great true story! You must read it!
    It will give you a fresh, new perspective on business.
    I will definitely read it again, with my oldest son.
    My goal is to make sure that my kids will always keep their minds opened, and will never become close minded. I am keeping a constant guard, to make sure they never loose themselves within an educational system. I tell them, do and be you. Derek definitely understands what I am talking about.
    Thank you Derek, I will definitely email you, so you know how much I appreciate your story.

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    Chip Franks Texas! 09-18-17
    Chip Franks Texas! 09-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Should be required listening for ANYONE starting or running a Business."

    I freaking loved this book. It's a masterpiece. Don't let the short length fool you--almost every single line of this book is a keeper.

    I have to get the print edition now so I can go through several highlighters and write notes all over this bad boy.

    Thanks for spilling your guts for the benefit of all, Derek!

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    Anthony Dowdell Tokyo, Japan 09-08-17
    Anthony Dowdell Tokyo, Japan 09-08-17
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    "Great Practical Advice"

    This book contains concise practical advice that can be put to use in business. I definitely found some jewels which I plan on implementing.

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    MostlyGrownUp 08-28-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Powerful simplicity…"

    Thank you Derek and audible.com. Occasionally in life you'll stumble upon someone who speaks with remarkable clarity. Derek is that for me. His unique perspective allows me to free myself from expectations of the norm, and address my own fear of failure. His wisdom is relatable, real world and encourages creating a sustainable life instead of a more complicated life.

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    Kyle 08-24-17
    Kyle 08-24-17 Member Since 2015
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    "A business book that is different"

    I loved Anything You Want. It is short but packed full of great information. Derek's thought process challenges the status quo of many central business themes. It's great to see this different point of view. I highly recommend giving this a listen.

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    Eric Duane Quesenberry ABINGDON, VA, US 08-19-17
    Eric Duane Quesenberry ABINGDON, VA, US 08-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Brilliant!!"

    Hands down, one of the best business and life philosophy books that I have ever bought.

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    Peter 08-18-17
    Peter 08-18-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Life changing!"

    Wow.
    Short. And Very Sweet.
    Makes me connect to the real why of my life and business.
    Thank you!

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    Vaibhav 08-14-17
    Vaibhav 08-14-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent advice by Derek"

    I loved the experience shared by Derek. The struggle, the problems and overcoming challenges, all of it.

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  • Rob Wellings
    5/15/17
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    "Insightful and thought provoking."

    This is a great pick-me-up listen when you're flagging a bit. Maybe a little too idealistic at times, but that's probably because I'm a cynical Brit. However, the ideas resonate wherever you are and the main theme of 'always put your customers first' is great advice. Well worth a listen and I'm sure I'll keep dipping in from time to time.

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  • Amazon Customer
    4/7/17
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    "Great advice"

    This is a great book and contains great advice and great information and lessons. Definitely worth reading

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  • Amazon Customer
    2/19/17
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    "Good quick read"

    A nice inspirational book that doesn't take much of your time to read. I also like the fact the author read it himself.

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  • Bernice
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    9/26/16
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    "Short but could be Sweeter!"

    This book was less than two hours and promised 40 lessons for the new entrepreneur. I was not counting and there might have been. However, the lessons were sometimes a little basic. I thought these lessons could have been more profound.

    The audio book was well narrated by the author and the book is basically about his success. The narration was good, I was a little disappointed that Mr Sivers did not appear to consider women for his business in the early days.

    Overall, short but could be a lot sweeter.

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  • Imran
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    "Really enjoyed this book."

    Concise and entertaining lessons learned from a business owner whose methods are often counterintuitive. Will definitely be listening to this more than once.

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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.

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  • 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

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