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Tim Ferriss is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The 4-Hour Body and The 4-Hour Workweek. He has a diverse background of experience, including working as an actor, speaking seven foreign languages, holding a world record in tango, and being a national Chinese kickboxing champion. He has written for Maxim and the Philadelphia Inquirer, has appeared on MTV and CBS radio, and has been interviewed or featured in such major publications as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and more. Read his review of Derek Sivers's Anything You Want:
I love this book!
Derek is the entrepreneur's entrepreneur. Just as important, perhaps more so--he is a phenomenal teacher. Whether detailing the fascinating rise of CDBaby, explaining catastrophic (but common) founder mistakes, or teaching me about relational databases in two minutes using analogies, he makes the complex simple. Moreover, he makes it all actionable.
If you want a true manifesto, a guidebook with clear signposts, and a fun ride you'll return to again and again, you have it here in this book. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. --Tim FerrissDerek Sivers's Recommended Reading
We asked author and founder of CD Baby Derek Sivers to tell us about the books that have influenced him the most as an entrepreneur. His list includes everything from What Got You Here Won't Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful to The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World. Check out Derek's complete list of recommended reading for those aspiring to follow their passion to build a successful business--and a rewarding life.
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"If you want a true manifesto, a guidebook with clear signposts, and a fun ride you'll return to again and again, you have it here in this book. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did."
―TIM FERRISS, author of The 4-Hour Workweek
"[I] burned through the book in about an hour. Wow. Really. Derek shares some of the principles (and anti-principles) he learned and applied during his time as an accidental entrepreneur and how to grow a business without losing your soul."
―TODD HENRY, author of Die Empty
"One of the best hours you’ll ever spend will be reading Derek Sivers’s new book…Anything You Want."
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- ASIN : B00SI0B5FS
- Publisher : Portfolio (September 15, 2015)
- Publication date : September 15, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 1384 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 88 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #117,063 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Derek does an outstanding job simplifying the lessons through his life and business experience. Here's a couple key points that hit home:
1. It should NEVER be about the money. If you're in a business or pursuing a dream for the money chase, that chase will lead you down the wrong path.
2. It's always about the customer. Whenever making a business decision, Derek always asks what would the customer say about this decision I'm making. So many cool stories of the simple small things Derek did that his customers loved.
3. Business (or lifestyle) should be based around what you want. It should be your utopia, too many entrepreneurs try to please other people, investors, etc. and lose sight of what really matter to them. Derek explains this process through his incredible business journey.
Thank you Derek for bring this book to the world!!
Three key takeaways from the book:
1. Delegation is key in the business (especially when you grow), however, with delegation trust but verify. Furthermore delegation doesn't not mean abdication.
2. If you're not saying "Hell Yeah!" to an idea/approach etc. then say no!
3. Siver's Tao of Business: Care about your customers more than about yourself and you'll do well.
This book takes us through Derek's journey of starting, growing and selling CD Baby, an early dot-com company (1998-2008), which helps independent musicians sell CD's online.
Derek sketched some simple metrics, learned code, built the site (with the "buy now" button that was pivotal), and the market rewarded him nicely.
This book may be considered a "memoir" but I don't know if that's technically correct. This book is a recounting of events learned from his life but it lacks specific dates. It captures a "moment in time" from his life, so I think I'm justified classifying it as a "memoir," in addition to other things. The beautiful thing about analyzing books is that we crystallize important distinctions in literary craft.
I gave the book a grade in my video. Check it out and let me know if you agree with it. Enjoy!
Derek Sivers writes about how he started a website in the late 1980's to sell his band's CDs. The business blossomed into something much bigger, CD Baby.
What I really enjoyed about this book is that Derek tells of his hands on experience of build his website from scratch with code, which he learned as he was creating the site, and forgoing a lot of the expenses of web designers (and not to mention the fun and learning experiences) of DIY.
Truly a renaissance man in the modern world of eCommerce this book is not to be missed. Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur
I agree that customers > everything but everything else is great for his character.
I am giving it 4 stars because I like Derek's blog and the work he has done for his customers and not really for the book.
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This book is not really going to tell you much about being an entrepreneur, but it is easy to read, with some though provoking sections. You get the idea that the author really has just done as he pleased and his success has come from a really laid back attitude, without regard for hard nosed business planning....so it was a bit of shock when he starts to talk about his 'business coach' at the back end of the book !
The author openly states he was .....right place, right time..... with his business proposition, with little thought of the gap in the market that he stumbled upon ! Its always difficult to buy into the entrepreneur flavour of the book after this....but I liked it and im sure you will too.