These are the best quotes from the book Anything You Want by Derek Sivers.
Derek Sivers, best known for founding CD Baby, the most famous music site for independent musicians, discusses his “unexpected” success and setbacks in this succinct and inspiring book on how to build a multimillion-dollar business by following your passion.
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Quotes from Anything You want by Derek Sivers
Ideas are just a multiplier of execution.
The real point of doing anything is to be happy, so do only what makes you happy.
When you sign up to run a marathon, you don’t want a taxi to take you to the finish line.
Make sure you know what makes you happy, and don’t forget it.
Necessity is a great teacher.
No business plan survives first contact with customers.
To be a true business owner, make it so that you could leave for a year, and when you came back, your business would be doing better than when you left.
By not having any money to waste, you never waste money.
In the end, it’s about what you want to be, not what you want to have.
Even if what you’re doing is slowing the growth of your business—if it makes you happy, that’s OK.
Success comes from persistently improving and inventing, not from persistently doing what’s not working.
When you make a company, you make a utopia. It’s where you design your perfect world.
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.
Even if you want to be big someday, remember that you never need to act like a big boring company.
Delegation doesn’t come naturally to any of us. But I was trying really hard to be good at it.
If you think revolution needs to feel like war, you’ll overlook the importance of simply serving people better.
Starting small puts 100 percent of your energy into actually solving real problems for real people.
But I never again promised a customer that I could do something that was beyond my full control.
Business is not about money. It’s about making dreams come true for others and for yourself.
Making a company is a great way to improve the world while improving yourself.
If you’re not saying, “Hell yeah!” about something, say no.
So please don’t think you need a huge vision. Just stay focused on helping people today.
When you make it a dream come true for yourself it’ll be a dream come true for someone else, too.
Your first idea is just one of many options. No business goes as planned, so make ten radically different plans.
From my experience, pricing never drives penetration or attracts new users. New users adopt a brand for three reasons: access awareness and availability.