Derek Sivers

Programmer, writer, entrepreneur, avid student of life. I make useful things, and share what I learn.

Anything You Want

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Book Summary:

In this book, I tell you everything I learned from starting, growing, and selling CD Baby, compressed into an entertaining and useful one-hour read.

No secrets held back, I share the biggest mistakes, keys to its success, and the philosophies behind the big decisions.

Called “40 lessons for a new kind of entrepreneur”, it’s 10 years of experience in one hour, designed to be immediately usable for your own business or project.


“I love this book! Derek is a phenomenal teacher. Whether detailing the fascinating rise of CD Baby, or explaining catastrophic (but common) founder mistakes, 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

“One of the best hours you’ll ever spend will be reading Derek Sivers’ new book, ‘Anything You Want’.” -- Forbes Magazine

A #1 best-seller in all of its categories on Amazon, with over 100 5-star reviews.

Amazon #1 in all its categories

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(The Kindle version is temporarily unavailable, to be re-released later. Please get the audio version.)

(NOTE: the audiobook is read by me, and I recommend that version the most.)

Preview chapters:

I Miss the Mob

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Start now. No funding needed

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Don't punish everyone for one person's mistake

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If it's not a hit, switch

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Hell Yeah or No

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Obvious to You. Amazing to Others

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A Real Person, a Lot Like You

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Music bonus when you buy the book:

When you buy the book in any format, you get a free bonus of over 200 MP3s by some of my favorite musicians. Just enter the code word, below. (Hint: it's one word. Starts with a “U”.)

You'll find the code word on the copyright page of the print and Kindle editions. On the audio CD, it's above the barcode. (Bought the MP3 audiobook? Just email me.)

Use your real name and email, please, as I'll be emailing you a link to download the MP3s.