Derek Sivers is one of the more interesting authors I have read. Having made his fortune in being one of the early online sellers of music, Sivers donated much of it to charity and has been thinking and influencing many of his fans with his blogs and his books. In Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur Sivers gives insights into entrepreneurship and takes us through a series of failure and success stories which are an entertaining way to learn about business.
Apart from the 40 lessons themselves, what comes across clear in the book is that Sivers is at least in part a modern philosopher. Much of his writing is about his views on what has made him happy and the rules by which he has started to live his life.
Some key ones for me include:
- Don’t be on your deathbed…full of regret because you pursued little distractions instead of big dreams
- Business is about making dreams come true…not just about the money” for others and for yourself
- Business is most successful when you answer the calls for help”.
- Success comes from persistent improvement and not from persisting with what’s not working
- You don’t need money to start helping people – you just start…
- When you design your business make yourself unnecessary to the day to day running of it, otherwise you are just creating another job
- Necessity is a brilliant teacher
- Trust, but verify (which I think is a quote from President Reagan) particularly when delegating
These are just a small subset of the observations in Anything You Want
For more on Derek Sivers, it is worthwhile searching the web as he has been interviewed many times.
Siver’s TED talks are very good and the Tim Ferriss podcast has 2 interviews with Derek, both of which are tremendous. Youtube is also a great source of Siver’s gems.
If you are considering the book, then I recommend getting it in audiobook form from Audible.
Dare to Aspire