Derek Sivers

No matter which goal you choose, there will be lots of people telling you you are wrong. Just pay close attention to what excites you and what drains you. Pay close attention to when you are being the real you and when you are trying to impress an invisible jury. – Derek Sivers

My friend Dan Hefferan recommended I check out this book – Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur by Derek Sivers. In this book Derek shares how he started a hobby, accidentally grew it into a big business and sold it for $22 million! Ridiculous.

I am starting my own business. On the surface, I am a Career Coach. Under the surface, there is a lot more going on. I am pursuing the things I am passionate about:

  • Sparking wonderment
  • Helping you discover your own talents
  • Empowering you to step out of the boat and face your fears
  • Inviting you to embark on an adventure and to live your best Story
  • Teaching, motivating and encouraging through sharing people’s stories

I find this book enlightening and inspiring in my journey. In this short book, Derek shares 10 years worth of lessons he learned. I have gone through Derek’s book once and now I am going through it again. Each time I do so, new things pop out to me.

Lessons I’ve learned from Derek:

Most people don’t know why they are doing what they are doing. They imitate others, go with the flow and follow paths without even making their own. They spend decades in pursuit of something someone convinced them they should want without realizing it won’t make them happy. Don’t be on your deathbed someday having squandered your one chance at life, full of regret because you pursued little distractions instead of big dreams. You need to know your personal philosophy of what makes you happy and what’s worth doing.

Proudly exclude people. You know you can’t please everyone, right? Most businesses are trying to be everything to everybody, and they wonder why they can’t get people’s attention.

If you’re not saying, “Hell yeah!” about something, then say “no.” When deciding whether to do something, if you feeling anything less than, “Wow! Absolutely! That would be amazing! Hell yeah!” Then say “no.” When you say “no” to most things, then you leave room in your life to throw yourself completely into that rare thing that makes you say, HELL YEAH.

Starting small puts 100% of your energy on solving real problems for real people.

Success comes from persistently improving and inventing. Not consistently doing what is not working.

If you are considering starting your own business, I highly recommend Derek Sivers’ book. It is a short read (or, for those who are slow readers like me, the audio book is only 1.5 hours). This book is packed full of inspiration, ideas and knowledge. Get it!

Anything You Want [book] (affiliate link)

Question: What book has been influential for you as you develop your own business? OR, if you haven’t yet started your own business, what book has got your wheels turning? 


4 thoughts on “HELL YEAH!

  1. Thanks for posting a review of this book Alana. I remember reading it about this time last year and learning a lot from it. Like you said, it is a quick read, but loaded with good information. Your review is a good reminder that I probably need to re-read it soon!

    As for me, anything by Seth Godin is a must read. I’ve taken away a lot of different ideas from his books and have tried implementing them into my own business. Also I’ve heard great things about Chris Guillebeau’s $100 Startup. I have that on my shelf and need to read it soon from what I hear.

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