Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur
Anything You Want is Derek Sivers' iconic manifesto on lessons learned while becoming an entrepreneur
You don't need a visionary master plan, loads of funding or a brilliant team to start a business.
All you really need is GENEROSITY.
When Derek Sivers started CD Baby, he wasn't planning on building a major business. He was a successful independent musician who just want...more
I had seen his great TEDx video called "Why You Need to Fail" and I wrote him to complain. (Jokingly of course.)
I told him "I wrote THE book on failing."
Derek gives his e-mail address on his website and he couldn't have responded quicker or have been nicer (or have used a more amusing adverb to explain why he hadn't heard of my book) :
"Holy crap! That's awesome. Wow. I'm sorry I didn't know about this. Oh, I see it's on ...more
My first CD Baby order was #17697, for 8 discs, in 2000. When I got the now-famous colorful shipment notice I thought I’d actually been the first brand new customer to order as many as 8 albums. I thought the email had been crafted for me, in particular. I felt special.
A little later, I placed an even bigger order, and it happened to be while CD Baby was moving across the country. It was delayed long enough that I eventually contacted support, and I promptly got ...more
This book is written by Derek Sivers, who started a business called CDbaby that he later sold for $22 million. One of my favourite parts of the book was the graph at the beginning showing the monthly sales over 10 years of his business. In analysing it one thing I really appreciated was the steady but slow growth in the first 5 years of his business in particular. Reiterating once again th ...more
It's introduction tells that you could learn an author's entire experience of creating business within one hour or two... which, unbelievably, I managed to finish it within exactly one hour because it's short, direct-to-point and really fun to go through.
The story in the book is about author's bibliography, entrepreneur tips and tactics, wow ideas of CDBaby.com's owner Derek Sivers. He built his business w ...more
I don't know why I had such a different experience from others, but most of the things said in this book just seemed common sense to me. I didn't feel like it is a very special wisdom he is sharing, he is just stating the obvious (at least for me). It might be to with the fact that I am currently listening to the Simon Sinek's book and a lot of ideas are really the same ...more
I listened to the audio book narrated by Mr. Sivers himself, it added another layer of personal connection to the stories. It narrates a story with an unusual approach to business. Yet it's about much more than that.
It's a very short book, and I would recommend it to everyone.
However, reading this book made me realize that he is more of a product of survivorship bias.
This book was filled with two types of lessons: good business advice and then advice that happened to work for Derek Sivers.
I couldn’t tell the two apart.
This is a collection of anecdotes about founding, running, and eventually selling CDBaby. It's a very q ...more
Interesting read of an unusual story. Not exactly a story that will fit every business out there but still nice to read.
In many ways, CD Baby, the backdrop story of this book was the time he discovered his philosophy and got aware of it.
Though some of his advice might not hold water in every situation, or for any person, I believe there are many small tidbits of wisdom both philosophical and practical for anyone who reads this book.
I love every single page of this book, from all the realizations to the encountering with Steve Jobs. Even though I know and breathe about half of the attitude presented (some unknowingly) there are many take-aways I will cherish most prob ...more
It’s not what you think. The title causes someone to think of some sort of name it and claim it gospel or a how to guide to accumulate mass amounts of whatever you want. Derek Sivers is behind one of the most important lessons on leadership on the web. Derek was also the brains behind a company called CD baby. These are lessons that he learned from that experience. This comes a business background so some of this is not applicable to church leadership but lots of ...more
- The goal is happiness, not money.
- Be persistent in iterating, not in doing what doesn't work.
- Just focus on making customers happy. Go above and beyond for them. If they're not begging you to let them pay you for the service, keep iterating until they are.
- Don't worry about the business-y stuff - it's not that important.
- Be real. Be genuine. Be a person.
- Optimizing for lots of trivial metrics has bad unintended consequences. There's value in simplicity and genuineness.
- You do hav ...more
Sivers is the creator of CD Baby, a very successful online business that helps independent musicians sell their music. The book is essentially his retelling of the birth and journey of growing that business. It is described as "40 Lessons For A New Kind of Entrepreneur". The book is put out by The Domino Project ...more
"Your business plan is moot. You don't know what people really want until you start doing it." (p. 3 ...more
The book reads as a manifesto mixed with a retrospective. Derek SIvers founded CD Baby before iTunes, before even ecommerce was popular in order to help a few of his musician friends sell their own CDs online. The business exploded and he sold it for $20+M. The book is both his philosophy on what it means to start a business (summed up as "you have a chance to build your own utopia in which the world works as you want it to work"), les ...more
Nuggets of Truth:
Don't be on your death bed someday having squandered your one chance at life full of regret because you pursued little distractions instead of big dreams.
You can't please everyone so proudly exclude ...more
Seems Monsieur Derek has some valuable lessons and insight... but here's the thing his words are only words until you've gone through the fire yourself... or maybe you're just one of those people who actually take advice and don't agree when hindsight is 20/20.
Best piece of advice from Derek Sivers? Delegate don't Abdicate. Le Sigh. Yes yes...
I learned a very hard lesson doing just exactly what Derek advises the reader not to do... and ...more
Sivers has an incredibly unique perspective, which can be very freeing if you're open to it. Through anecdotes, he shows that shunning the beaten path can lead to great things in many different areas (though it comes with unknown challenges).
I'm marking the book "read" now, in that my eyes have seen all the words. I'm not sure when I'll be able ...more
I'd recommend it to everyone who wants to have a fulfilling life, and has an hour or two to spare.
I must say that I read the audiobook and it was beautifully narrated by Derek himself.