Derek Sivers

What I’m doing now

(This is a now page, and if you have your own site, you should make one, too.)

I’m home in Wellington, New Zealand.


My main focus: I’m writing three books this year:

  1. Your Music and People(done)
  2. Hell Yeah or No(doing now)
  3. How to Live(rough draft done)

I plan to self-publish all of these. Printing hard-cover books, hiring my own translators, illustrators and animators, and selling everything directly from my site. It feels kinda like the independent music movement from 1999-2000 where musicians realized they weren’t beholden to record labels. The idea of not being beholden to Amazon or publishers is exciting. It might mean less income, but that’s worth it to me. It’s more inspiring.

It’s also a fun programming challenge: building a database and site to manage translations, writing a script to turn my HTML articles into EPUB format, and more.


Since May 1st, I’ve had basically no sugar, caffeine, dairy, alcohol, or wheat.

It’s about being congruent — making my actions in line with my beliefs. These are all things I’d have, then regret, repeatedly. Old habits. Mild addictions. Un-necessary tools. Now I’m interrupting the short-term impulse and remembering the long-term gain.

(I said “basically”, above, because with each one I’ve tried the “ah, I’ve gone weeks without now, I can have a little” approach, but didn’t enjoy it, and deeply regretted it. It feels better to be 100% congruent.)

I’m also doing my exercise and writing routine daily, whether I feel like it or not. My present actions are in service of my future self. It’s a deeper satisfaction.


As always, I’m giving my kid my full attention for around 30 hours every week. Usually way out in nature, but also home building things out of Lego or paper, making up math and spelling lessons, and encouraging his many stories. He does most of the talking.

My phone is rarely used. I turned it off for four days, and when I turned it on there were no messages. This is good. The less phone, the better.

No to everything else

(See “saying no to everything else” for more thoughts on this.) I still get requests to do public speaking and interviews and such, but I’m just enjoying staying focused inward on my writing and learning, instead of shallow crowd-pleasing.

I don’t want more money or more fame. Just more focused learning and creative output.

This update was June 11th, 2018.