“Anything You Want” by Derek Sivers

If you think your life’s purpose needs to hit you like a lightning bolt, you’ll overlook the little day-to-day things that fascinate you.


When you’re on to something great, it won’t feel like a revolution. It’ll feel like uncommon sense.


Success come from persistently improving and inventing not from persistently doing what’s not working.


We all have lots of ideas, creations, and projects. When you present one to the world, and it’s not a hit, don’t keep pushing as-is. Instead, get back to improving and inventing.


No plan survives first contact with the customer.


By not having money to waste, you never waste money.


People often ask me if I have any suggestions for what kind of business they should get into. I tell them the only thing I know how to recommend: Start by sharing whatever you’ve got.


“Huh? I don’t have any of that legalese stuff. I’ve never hired a lawyer.”

“That’s crazy! What if some kid buys a cd from you and then kills himself? What if you get sued over that?”

“Then no stupid footnote legalese would protect me anyway, so I’ll worry about it if it happens.”


There’s a benefit to being na├»ve to the norms of the world – deciding from scratch what seems like the right thing to do, instead of just doing what others do.


The boss’s opinion is not necessarily better than anyone else’s. But once you become boss, your opinion is dangerous because it’s not just one person’s opinion anymore – it’s a command. So adding your two cents can really hurt morale.


When you want to learn how to do something yourself, most people won’t understand. They’ll assume the only reason we do anything is to get it done, and doing it yourself is not the most efficient way.

But that’s forgetting about the joy of learning and doing.

Yes, it may take linger, You, it may be inefficient. Yes, it may even cost you millions of dollars in lost op because your business is growing slower because you’re insisting on doing something yourself.

But the whole point of doing anything is because it makes you happy! That’s it!


Following curiosity is much more fun than being idle.