Tting a job feeling bad *He Was Leaving So He *was leaving so he hired a replacement before he did not nowing that that wasn t standard practice Deciding from scratch what seems like the right thing to do instead of just doing what others do Never forget that someone else loves doing what you hate you can make your role anything you want you just need to remember why you do it you do it to make you happy Derek talks a lot about the programming and random tasks he did just because he liked doing them Yeah he could hire someone or do it better but he loved learning different things and thats OK Execution is worth than any idea Have lots of little clients instead of one big one Definitely something I m implementing right now in my social enterprise What you are doing is just ONE way of doing things You want to test try different ways and not be stuck to one method In business there are different ways make a plan without any funding make your whole business offline make a franchise modelIn life there are different ways You could be living in NY obsessed with making lots of money You could be a free spirit backpacking around SE Asia You could be a monk meditating in isolation in the mountains You could be married living your family in a uiet neighbourhoodThere is no one way Things change Things work for different people at different times Be open to change Embrace and roll with it There s not always a need for a huge vision You can focus on helping people today Instead of thinking about if I had X I could do Y A trap I notice many people fall into Add lots of fun human touches to your company Everywhere From the email auto responder to the copy on your site to your office layout It s OK to be casual human Focus on what makes you happy and doing things in a way that makes you happy When you make a business you get to make a little universe where you control all the laws This is your utopia There s lots of nudges towards Democracies and Dictatorships Euorpe and the World 1919 1989 Cambridge Perspectives in History keeping things simple here s another a business plan shouldn t take than a few hours of work Hopefully no than a few minutes the best plans are simple A uick glance and common sense should tell you if the numbers will work Everything else is details edit After 6 years in business and going from a beginner to trying to turn pro and master lots of details I really understand this on a different level now You don t need to be too fancy or complicated Never make promises you can t deliver on Under promise over deliver instead of the other way around Delegate or die Trust but verify Delegate but not abdicate Once something works it will feel freeing not strenuous Sivers mentions how he spent 12 years doing different things it felt like it was uphill all the time I can relate then suddenly it was like he struck a hit Instead of trying to create demand you re trying to manage the demand Success comes from persistently improving and inventing not persistently doing what is not working So you should always be trying tweaking testing new ideas instead of stubbornly pushing the same one again and again Ok so I read this because apparently everyone in web development has been raving about it and I am not really that blown away I don tnow why I had such a different experience from others but most of the things said in this book just seemed common sense to me I didn t feel like it is a very special wisdom he is sharing he is just stating the obvious at least for me It might be to with the fact that I am currently listening to the Simon Sinek s book and a lot of ideas are really the same Or it might do with the fact that I have never heard of his company and didn t have the emotional
CONNECTION TO IT ANYWAY IT WAS to it Anyway it was nice and uick read and I think I might give it a re read at some point but I don t really feel like my ground has been shaken and I should change the way I live work care and believe I have loved reading Derek Sivers essays for the longest time And even though I ve read some of the ones mentioned in the book before they were still as fresh and thought provoking as everI listened to the audio book narrated by Mr Sivers himself it added another layer of personal connection to the stories It narrates a story with an unusual approach to business Yet it s about much than thatIt s a very short book and I would recommend it to everyon. 22 millionSivers didn’t need a business plan and neither do you You don’t need to think big; in fact it’s better if you don’t Start with what you have care about your customers than yourself and run your business like you don’t need the mone.
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Why am I enjoying entrepreneurship books *THIS MUCH NOW SETH GODIN RECOMMENDED *much now Seth Godin recommended book for every entrepreneur I just bought it in indle formatIt s introduction tells that you could learn an author s entire experience of creating business within one hour or two which unbelievably I managed to finish it within exactly one hour because it s short direct to point and really fun to go throughThe story in the book is about author s bibliography entrepreneur tips and tactics wow ideas of CDBabycom s owner Derek Sivers He built his business with passion and became a very successful entrepreneurThere are not so many books in shelf that give you motivation drive you uick read but insightful The basic premise as I understood it is to spend your life doing things that bring you happiness which is not as straightforward as it seems Too often we spend our time doing what we think will make us happy or what we think others expect from us or what society dictates that we do This book isn t a formula for building a multi million dollar company although that s what CDBaby turned out to be Instead it helps you see what criteria to consider when making decisions about your life your work and your company Inspirational A couple of Derek Sivers storiesMy first CD Baby order was 17697 for 8 discs in 2000 When I got the now famous colorful shipment notice I thought I d actually been the first brand new customer to order as many as 8 albums I thought the email had been crafted for me in particular I felt specialA little later I placed an even bigger order and it happened to be while CD Baby was moving across the country It was delayed long enough that I eventually contacted support and I promptly got a very nice and apologetic email from Derek Sivers himself along with the discs in short order Again I felt specialLater on I learned that everyone got the crazy shipment notice even for ordering a single disc and that at the time Derek emailed me he was one of just two people in the CD Baby organization And for a little while I felt less special But eventually I realized that a ey part of CD Baby s value proposition for customers artists and purchasers alike was making everyone feel specialWhich when you think about it is no small trickReading Sivers story of how and why he started grew and sold CD Baby I was strongly reminded of interviews with Dischord s Ian MacKaye Partly because they say some of the same things particularly about not having business growth as a goal Both describe awkward conversations with suits who really can t grasp thisBut both also display an element of self contradiction Sivers says the money didn t matter an easy thing to say when your life is not severely constrained by the lack of it but he did after all build a music store not a music give away service Perhaps tellingly some of his biggest regrets are about decisions with significant cost impacts And although Sivers repeatedly says that growth wasn t a goal but not only did he consistently make decisions that furthered growth one of his most provocative epigrammatic guidelines is explicitly about facilitating growth It s to try to make your business practices support double your current volume which sounds very smart If you you now want to grow the businessThese cavils aside this is a pretty great book Sivers is unusually candid about his mistakes as well as what he did right and he s lucid and entertaining He says he learned to prize clarity and brevity when crafting emails to CD Baby s subscriber list and demonstrates mastery of both here You ll probably be thinking about the contents of this brief book for much longer than the time it takes to read it I like Derek Sivers a lot He has fantastic stories and has great advice I love to read his stuffHowever reading this book made me realize that he is
a product of survivorship biasThis book was filled with two types of lessons good business advice and then that happened to work for Derek SiversI couldn t tell the two apart Amazing little book of mostly unconventional entrepreneurship wisdom Highly recommended The first time I ever spoke to Derek Sivers I accused him of ripping me offI had seen his great TEDx video called Why You Need to Fail and I wrote him to complain Jokingly of courseI told him I wrote. You can follow the beaten path and call yourself an entrepreneur or you can blaze your own trail and really be oneWhen Derek Sivers started CD Baby he wasn’t planning on building a major business He was a successful independent musician who just wan. ,of a product of survivorship biasThis book was filled with two types of lessons good business advice and then
THE book on failingDerek gives his e mail address on his website and he couldn t have responded uicker or have been nicer or have used a amusing adverb to explain why he hadn t heard of my book Holy crap That s awesome Wow I m sorry I didn t now about this Oh I see it s only been a few months since it came out and I ve been uite ostriched latelySoon we were talking about books Or rather he was asking me about them telling me he was considering writing one himselfIt s a lot of fucking work writing a book though isn t it Why do you do it Not for the money right Bigger speaking fees afterwards Side effect for consultingLittle did I now he was already working on his own book That sneaky guySo when he was done and he wanted several sets of eyes to give it a uick read through I was than happy toI m not sure if I helped improve even a single letter in the book it was pretty much there when I read it but he thanked me on the inside cover nonetheless My first career thank you and THE first thank you in the book I m glad Derek alphabetizes by first nameI respect Derek because unlike so many others he s a self helper that s actually done something in his lifeDerek writes like a guy you d immediately want to be your friend your co worker your employeeyour bossI really don t like audio books but I implore you to listen to Derek speak to get his cadence and voice running through your head It truly makes his text pop Anything You Want is THE greatest manual for running a business For creating your own Utopian business world that will make both you and your employees happy It s *Not About Making Money Or *about making money or larger or conuering the world it s simply about filling a need that makes both you and your customers happy It s simple but geniusThe book tells the story of how Derek s little hobby CD Baby a company no not even a company a website created to sell his musician friends CDs became a big business It was all an accidentWhy Because Derek was filling a need for othersIf you re filling a need for the world and making yourself happy that s all you need in life says Derek In many way Anything You Want reminded me of a streamlined version of Tony Hseih s Delivering Happiness also recommended The crux of Tony s business plan is to WOW customers Derek would agree with that sentiment as Anything You Want tells wonderful stories of all the little things he encouraged his employees to do to make customers happy a story involving a frozen suid is a major highlightBut please now that it s often the tiny details that really thrill people enough to make them tell all their friends about youThere is seemingly so many things to worry about in life Even if you re running a business But that doesn t need to be the case Derek saysAre you helping people Are they happy Are you happy Are you profitable Isn t that enough Awesome little book I will The Marriage Maneuver Arranged Marriage Series Book 2 keep re reading I love the opening pages 10 years of experience in 1 hour This book is written by Derek Sivers who started a business called CDbaby that he later sold for 22 million One of my favourite parts of the book was the graph at the beginning showing the monthly sales over 10 years of his business In analysing it one thing I really appreciated was the steady but slow growth in the first 5 years of his business in particular Reiterating once again the importance of steady applied effort patience whilst persistently improving Theey things I learned from this book I read it twice over the course of 2 years were Keep things simple Implement a model and then persistently improve over and over again A reminder about the principle of being a hell yes or no to things when you say no to things you create room for the things you are a hell yes to I ve learned this to be true in many spaces of my life To create a client who is a 10 you also need to be effective at repelling anyone who isn t To do things you are a HELL YES to you need to get really clear about your HELL NO No business plan survives first contact with customers Steve Blank Necessity is a great teacher Everything in your business should be about your customers Every choice you make every decision as owner every task you agenda every meeting Focus on that and things will grow Just thrill them and they will tell everyone I loved the story he told about ui. Ted to sell his CDs online When no one would help him do it he set out on his own and built an online store from scratchHe started in 1998 by helping his friends sell their CDs In 2000 he hired his first employee Eight years later he sold CD Baby for.