Saturday, July 23, 2011

Anything You Want by Derek Sivers

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
Derek 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. 

I loved the story of how Derek Sivers "accidental" started a company and six years later was making $10 million. He loved music and wanted to sell his CDs but the record companies told him they only took the music distributors gave them. 
When his CD Baby company was succesful, the record labels came to him to put their music on his site. Guess what he said? NO.
Throughout his story, Derek explains business and ideas and what not to do. Inspirational. I read several passages aloud to my husband who also enjoyed the ideas Derek presents.
Good, clean, inspirational read other then the two or three swear words ("F" bomb once).

Want to buy it?
Some bullet points from the book:

  • Business is not about money. It's about making dreams come true for others and for yourself.
  • Making a company is a great way to improve the world while improving yourself.
  • When you make  a company, you make a Utopia. It's where you design your perfect world.
  • Never do anything just for money.
  • You can't please everyone, so proudly exclude people.

I received this e-book from the ongoing Domino Project to read and review through BzzAgent. That's it. Nothing more. Oh. I am a bzzagent!
The Domino Project is the idea of Set Godin and Amazon. Want to get involved? Click HERE for the Domino Project website.

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