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- Publisher: Brilliance Corporation (29 Jun. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1455821098
- ISBN-13: 978-1455821099
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1 x 14 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,677,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur Audio CD – 29 Jun 2011
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HIS STORY IS YOUR STORY. 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. LET'S GET STARTED.
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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.
It is a very simple story which I bought into. The guy (Derek) started as a pro musician, sold some of his music CDs on the gigs and concerts and then decided to sell it on-line. He set up the web-site himself and started selling his music for fun. Then, his friends started asking him to put their work for sale. He did that. Then more asked about the same. He charged them $50 for putting it on a web-site. And it took off like crazy.
Derek shows how he took care of CD Baby customers, how business grew despite him wanting staying small. He really focused on infamous musicians and never signed up any big names. He gives the lessons in recruiting and tells how he sold the business. In the book Derek asked to contact him to share the feedback or to ask questions.
So, I visited the web-site and loved it even more - his book reviews are the best I have ever seen. His life principles are inspirational and he lives them.
I sent him e-mail asking for advise. To my amazement, he replied. In his true "customer care" spirit he provided a ton of valuable information to me. He is like a gift to the stranger. I can't describe him in any other way.
Well done Derek!, well done my friend!
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.
Anything You Want
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Derek's experiences make for an enjoyable and insightful read. This book is easy to read, and it's just as easy to apply its lessons.Published 8 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Quite disappointed. Very expensive for such a small book. Listen to his interview on the Tim Ferriss Show's podcast for free and you will know all the content of the book. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
Shorter than expected but long enough to impart plenty of wisdom about what it means to be an entrepreneur and a human being i.e. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Caroline Flanagan, Author of Babyproof Your Career
I've first heard about (and from) Derek Sivers on the Tim Ferriss Show. Sivers, an ex-musician, accidentally set up a music distribution company and sold it for a lot of money –... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Andreas Eigenmann
It's an interesting read, but it is very much about one man and one business. Inspiring but limited in its application.Published 1 month ago by Mr S S H Roberts
This book doesn't take long to read and Derek makes that clear on his website and I think in the book too. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Hawkar Mahmod
Great book with great points that I will refer back to when implementing into my own business strategy. 5* for Derek! Inspirational EntrepreneurPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Easy to read in a hour.
Puts things into context.
Plan on reading again and again and again and again
This is my second reading of this book, not sure why I never left a review last time but I think perhaps I needed to be ready to hear the insights. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kindle Customer