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Anything You Want [Hardcover]

Derek Sivers
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29 Jun 2011
Best known for creating CD Baby, the most popular music site for independent artists, founder Derek Sivers chronicles his “accidental” success and failures into this concise and inspiring book on how to create a multi-million dollar company by following your passion. In Anything You Want, Sivers details his journey and the lessons learned along the way of creating CD Baby and building a business close to his heart. “[Sivers is] one of the last music-business folk heroes,” says Esquire magazine. His less-scripted approach to business is refreshing and will educate readers to feel empowered to follow their own dreams. Aspiring entrepreneurs and others trying to make their own way will be particularly comforted by Sivers straight talk and transparency -a reminder that anything you want is within your reach.

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  • Hardcover: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Powered By Amazon (29 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936719118
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936719112
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 13.6 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tim Ferriss Reviews Anything You Want

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 Ferriss


About the Author

After making a living as a professional musician, Derek Sivers went looking for ways to sell his own CD online and ended up creating CD Baby, once the largest seller of independent music on the web with over $100M in sales for over 150,000 musician clients. Since 2008, Derek has traveled the world and stayed busy creating and nurturing creative endeavors, like Muckwork, his newest company where teams of efficient assistants help musicians do their “uncreative dirty work.” Derek writes regularly on creativity, entrepreneurship, and music on his blog: http://sivers.org/.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it, but is it 5 * ?? 7 Feb 2012
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I liked this book, but im not sure its 5* !

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.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked this so much I bought 387 copies 13 Sep 2011
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This book takes about an hour to read but it will probably change the way you think about life.

Lots of people I know want to be entrepreneurs. Lots of people I know are entrepreneurs. Not enough of the people I know have worked out what is important in their lives. This book by Derek Sivers will probably help them work out what is important to them.

I read this book on holiday. I left it lying around one evening and the next morning a lawyer came up to me and apologised for 'stealing' the book but he had seen it on a table and picked it up out of curiosity. He was thinking very hard about leaving his firm and becoming an entrepreneur. This book persuaded him he shouldn't. He didn't have the passion for it.

I bought a few copies for people I know that I know are struggling with hard things in their business and personal lives. Without exception, they have come back with a fresh perspective and bought a copy for someone else they know.

It is hard to define what makes this book special. I am about as far from a wafty, softy new age person as you can get. It just offers some great and fresh perspectives on life. You don't have to accept it all as truth.

I enjoyed it, and enjoyed giving it away to people so much that I bought 380 extra copies for the attendees at Business of Software this year.

You also get free access to a whole load of music that is pretty cool too.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If it's your sort of thing 26 Aug 2013
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Read it without an idea of what it might be about. Liked the length- it got to the point quickly. Nice insight into someone's business- cant imagine it being that helpful to someone lookin for business advice
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't mistrust the five-star reviews 2 Aug 2011
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It's easy to mistrust a set of five-star reviews. As I write this, all the reviewers that have gone before me have also given this book five stars.

Deservedly so. It is a little gem with a lot of thought-provoking insights for anyone determined to make a success of their own business. Sivers comes across as man who is not just smart, but wise as well. It's short, well-written, and well worth reading if you own or aspire to own your own business.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exception to the rule 8 July 2011
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Not just a book about building a business, this is a beautiful story of living life. Forget the self help, Power of Now stuff. Read a real life example of how to be happy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars inspirational. amazing. thought provoker 16 July 2014
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This book is short and sweet. I read it in two sittings. He doesn't pad it out for lengths sake and I love that. He sounds like a top bloke and I'd love to meet him one day and shake his hand because he's just inspired me to shift my focus which has gone astray a little recently. He's a philosopher, not a business guru with tricks and tips .... From what I can tell he seems a genuine guy and wanted a genuine, soulful business. More people should follow suit and the world would be a better place.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Any thing you want 9 May 2014
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I found this a refreshing take on the business / start up theme. Sivers shares insights into his own psyche as well as some great principles to live by.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I wish I could have read this 30 years ago. 19 July 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
What a great little book! Unpretentious and concise. Derek has really learnt the art of putting his message across with as few words as possible, making his thoughts clear and hard to misunderstand. If you want to break out from the rat race read this book!
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
No recollection of this. I cannot imagine ordering it
Published 4 months ago by Alan Speakman
5.0 out of 5 stars The only business mindset book you will ever need
I loved this little book. Took about an hour to read, but is packed full of great advice on the mindset of starting up a business, and the philosophy of business. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Steven Aitchison
5.0 out of 5 stars Small book with a lot of wisdom
This small book deserve 6 star for rating, it's full of useful tips and tricks for managing company.
Derek Sivers is very good at explaining his thoughts. Read more
Published 10 months ago by pau4o
5.0 out of 5 stars honest and inspiring
Derek opens the lid on how he built a customer focused business and what he learned. Thankfully it wasn't a tale of becoming corporate. Quite the opposite. Read more
Published 10 months ago by mike constable
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars ...
It is a short book, but with great content - you can literally read it for 1 hour. Definitely a good reading for ones choosing to start their own [small] company.
Published 10 months ago by Valentin Stoychev
3.0 out of 5 stars good quick read.
enjoyed this short little book. of course i only bought because of the daily deal. i like the way he publishes a way to contact him via email, for any advice or answers to... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Startlingly sharp, witty and revealing book for anyone, whether wanting to start a business or just wondering about what to do with their life or change their life - lots of... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mrs B A Weller
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring!
This neat little book gave me lots of food for thought, it suggests an alternative way of looking at life and business which is inspiring. Read more
Published 12 months ago by al start
4.0 out of 5 stars just a lovely feel good go-for-it little book
I ordered this on Kindle and read it in an hour or so. We've always been self employed in our little way and are now planning another chapter in our lives and setting up another... Read more
Published 12 months ago by F. Nustedt
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick, easy read with great advice for any entrepreneur
I read this in an hour and now have loads of ideas for my planning session with business partner. I'm excited to get moving!
Published 12 months ago by S. Manhertz
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