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Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur | Summary

Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur | Summary

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Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur | Summary

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4/5 (3 ratings)
Length:
52 pages
37 minutes
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Released:
Mar 26, 2016
ISBN:
9781311850911
Format:
Book

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While Derek Sivers’ Anything You Want claims the everyman appeal that comes with using a title directed to a second person pronoun, the book is first and foremost the story of an individual. Sivers is well aware of that fact, too, and states it right in the first few pages. This here, Sivers forewarns, is a story of success, yes, but it’s the story of a specific success. Anything You Want, Sivers tells those who have made it as far as page two, is really the story of the particular thing that he wanted. Many people – most people – want something. The interesting bit is that Sivers actually went out and got it. He also got a multi-million dollar corporation, too. Still active in the entrepreneurial world, Sivers tends to get a lot of questions about how he managed to pull off such large-scale success. Anything You Want is Sivers’s attempt to answer those questions, all at once, through a single storyline.
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Mar 26, 2016
ISBN:
9781311850911
Format:
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Chapter 1

Derek Sivers turned a hobby into a $22 million business deal in ten years. His success makes him a pretty popular source of advice. However, even Sivers himself recognizes that what he did isn’t necessarily the only way to pursue dreams, or even the best way.

Chapter 2

From his ten-year adventure, Sivers emerged with a set of principles that were the core to his business plan and that would continue to guide his future endeavors. His principles deviate from typical capitalistic platitudes, encouraging a free, lose, and giving approach to business. The true north for Sivers’s compass is the relational aspect of business, rather than the financial one. Sivers divorces the monetary from the mission, and asserts that the only business plan a new entrepreneur needs is the intention to do what they do well and with passion. Sivers’s goal was to make business about services and interactions, not about commodities and bottom lines. Business, Sivers says, is about giving, not getting. So, how did Sivers ever manage to make that philosophy so massively lucrative?

His explanation starts at the beginning.

Chapter 3

Sivers’s story starts out with who he was in 1997. A full-time musician, Sivers was a twenty-seven-year-old making a living off of playing at shows around the country on his own while also staying on as a traveling circus’s musician and MC. Sivers wasn’t rich, but he was getting by more than adequately. Not even thirty yet, he’d even managed to buy a house in Woodstock, New York.

In his free time, Sivers made CDs of his music and sold them at shows. He sold hundreds of coppies, but Sivers dreamed bigger. He wanted to sell his music over the web. Still in the pre-Y2K internet era, Sivers could find no businesses willing to push his stock on their website, and he knew that without a pre-existing marketing budget as big as that of a record label, his luck finding success through any of the existing major distributors would be slim to none.

So, true innovator that he was, Sivers thought that he could just set up an online store himself.

In the years before PayPal, the Amazon boom, and even online

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  • (4/5)
    Crisp and clear summary of the book. I actually am familiar with Derek Sivers' blog and he has a bunch of Internet-famous friends who mention him now and again. I enjoyed the summary of the book.
  • (4/5)
    Saved me time from having to read entire thing as I only found maybe 3-4 tips I liked or find useful. The rest I preach know or have experience.