Perception, Happiness, and Getting Anything You Want

Anything You Want Derek SiversI’ve read a lot of books. But I’ve perhaps never been personally impacted as much as I was reading Derek Sivers‘ new book Anything You Want. Part of Seth Godin’s Domino Project that’s rewiring the publishing industry from the inside-out, Anything You Want is a concise (one hour read) and motivational account of Derek’s experiences founding, growing, and selling, the pioneering indie music e-commerce site.

I like this book so much, I bought some to give away to readers of this post. See below for details.

In the book, the life-long musician talks about:

  • How he accidentally founded the company (he taught himself programming and digital commerce to sell his own CD)
  • Intentionally kept it smaller than it could have been
  • Refused all investor monies
  • Eventually made himself superfluous to day-to-day operations
  • Sold the company when he lost his passion for it

There are lots of books, and speakers, and training classes and such that espouse a philosophy of “if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.” Derek Sivers lives that principle 1000%.

From his new home in Singapore, Derek sat down for a Skype interview about his career, the book, and making decisions through a happiness prism.

I’ve done a lot of interviews (including the ground-breaking Twitter20 series), but this is my favorite one. It’s a little longer, but I sincerely hope you’ll spend the time to watch it.

If you sometimes find yourself wondering “is this it?” watching this interview and reading Anything You Want will hit you like a ton of bricks.

We all have to worry less about what we have and how we’re perceived, and worry more about making our customers – and ourselves – happy. Thanks Derek for the reminder. For less than $10, Anything You Want is the cheapest life coach in history.

Let Me Send You a Free Copy

I believe in this book so much that I bought copies to give away here at Convince & Convert. In the comments (or on the Facebook page), tell me what about your business or company makes you happiest. The answers that are most interesting, creative, and true will win a book.

(links are Amazon affiliate. Domino Project sent me the book for free)

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