Derek Sivers

What I’m doing now

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


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.

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.

Updated December 6th, 2018, from Wellington, New Zealand.