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Anything You Want

40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur
Written by: Derek Sivers
Narrated by: Derek Sivers
Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
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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.

©2011 Derek Sivers (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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My Go-to Inspirational/Motivational Book

I love this book and re-read it regularly. Concise, funny, practical, and freaking inspirational. Changed my life.

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good listen ..

enjoyable book.. short and to the point .. seems like a very genuine guy ...relatable business tips.

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Excellent read

Very easy read. Provides some good insight on clarity of purpose. I would highly recommend. #Audible1

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Do yourself a favor and listen.

Treasures can and will be found in this short listen. It just might be what's needed to curb your thought process towards a more accurate perception of your true desire out of life.

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  • Richard Mattson
  • 2011-07-03

Short and poignant

Authentic, straight shooting look at one guys success story. He makes a point of prefacing his life and business experience with "here's what worked for me". The message I pulled from the book is, there probably is no magic bullet that if followed will make you successful. It's probably a good idea NOT to search for someone else's success and duplicate it, but rather create your own story keeping in mind that it is about your passion and desire to create something....not built around the desire to be wealthy. That part will come, after you follow your dream. His candid look at how he failed as well as how he succeeded made the story realistic and believable. I enjoyed his narration and didn't stop listening until the end.

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  • Dominic
  • 2011-08-28

Outstanding!

One of the best audiobooks I've listened to. Significant value in wisdom per minute.

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  • Jay
  • 2011-07-05

Inspiring and enjoyable read!

Derek has a real knack for storytelling and a unique perspective. I've always enjoyed his blog, but spending an hour and a half with his writing gave me a much better feel for his approach and mojo and vibe. I really enjoyed it, particularly having it also be in his voice.

I particularly liked his take on trust. I've spent a lot of time thinking through issues like he bring up with his employees, although mostly I think about co-founders. But it's a similar thing. I really want to trust people as much as I can, I think it's empowering and leads to a great vibe. But you do also have to look out for yourself, because there are people out there who will just burn you.

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  • Omar
  • 2012-12-21

Listened to it 3 times!

The headlines says it all, the book is too good and to the point that you will want to re-listen to it.

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  • Gordon
  • 2011-10-20

Entertaining and well presented! A great read!

I loved this book and how it was presented. There was some great information and Derek makes it very clear how things worked or didn't. His honest approach but also entertaining approach made me want to read it again. This is one of those authors who I would follow and by every book he comes out with. I put him up in the SETH GODIN level and think he has alot to offer. Again, a fantastic read, very clear and easy to listen to. And I had a great laugh as well. He's pretty funny.

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  • Jonathan Powers
  • 2015-09-03

Wonderful and refreshingly NEW advice...

... for entrepreneurs who are also creative artists. You can succeed without discarding your values!

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  • Justice Campbell
  • 2018-02-03

Conceited, but somewhat helpful

The internet is used to create a niche monopoly business based on exclusive content allowing the owner to disregard most “standard business practices.”
Although delivered in a gloating and conceited tone of “I can ignore all ‘rules’ because I lucked into a rare internet monopoly”, there are some helpful nuggets of information.
The chief concept is “do it for the customer”, one of a couple available entrepreneurial approaches. Nothing new there - Walmart does it. Others focus on employees, see Richard Branson. The helpful parts are found in applying a stringent simple model to that end (customer focus of a stringent simple model - as advocated by Jim Collins in Good to Great). Also that a business must serve some public need - in this case, inexpensive sales of indie artists’ music. See also Jim Collins, Built to Last.
BUT, like Google, which outworked its way into a monopoly, or like Microsoft, whose central platform/idea became a standard and thus a monopoly, there are dangers in assuming that the methods used by a company in a monopolistic vacuum are sound advice for any entrepreneur other than one operating in such a vacuum.
Advice such as - we don’t need to obey or heed human resource employment law, incorporate to protect owner assets, or bring in venture capital to expand is “all well and good” until a lawsuit is filed against you or you find you’re no longer in a monopolist vacuum.

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  • DS
  • 2013-03-19

THE BEST GUIDE TO ENTREPRENEURS

This is the best guide to being an entrepreneur that I've ever read. Loaded with great tales of mistakes made and always in the context of the over-riding vision of serving the customer.... and remembering that you are doing whatever in order to be happy. Great, short book.

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  • Michael
  • 2011-11-13

Awsome, succinct - well worth it.

Heaps of takeaways, in an honest and humble performance.

A bit of an odd business success story, but a great listen nevertheless!

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  • David
  • 2011-10-30

Not just for Entrepreneurs

The history of CD Baby is used to illustrate management points. Interesting history interspersed with management gems.

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