Derek Sivers
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Anything You Want

40 lessons for a new kind of entrepreneur

My tales of starting, building, and selling CD Baby, compressed into an entertaining and useful one-hour read.

You started a business. But why?

Entrepreneurs often lose sight of what matters. Are you helping people? Are they happy? Are you happy? Are you profitable? Isn't that enough?

Derek Sivers accidentally started a business by helping musicians sell their music. It became the largest online seller of independent music with over 150,000 musicians and $100M in sales. After ten years, he sold the company for $22 million and gave all the money to charity.

In “Anything You Want” he shares 40 powerful lessons, in a book you can read in about an hour. Points include:

The book’s most memorable stories are from his horrible mistakes, like why saving ten minutes cost him $3.3 million dollars, and how he was attacked by Steve Jobs.

“Anything You Want” was first published by Seth Godin in 2011, then by Penguin/Portfolio in 2015. This third edition for 2022 was improved with eight new chapters.

Its surprisingly humanist approach to business, focusing on generosity and happiness more than profits, has helped thousands of entrepreneurs to re-focus on what matters and find their own path to success.

$15 : ebook, audiobook, and all digital formats forever
(epub, mobi, pdf, mp3, html, etc.)
$19 : paper book includes all digital formats
(really just $4 for the paper, so only $4 for each additional copy)
Print length: 83 pages
Publication date: 2022-04-04
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-99-115238-1
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-99-115239-8
Audiobook ISBN: 978-1-99-115335-7
Kindle ISBN: 978-1-99-115333-3

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Editorial Reviews

“Anything You Want is a business book like no other. Derek Sivers built a business a different way, a human way. He did it with no investment and a series of apparently crazy principles. And they work. They worked for him and they might work for you. A brilliant book.”
Seth Godin, author of This Is Marketing

“I love this book! Derek is the entrepreneur’s entrepreneur. Just as important, perhaps more so: he is a phenomenal teacher. Whether detailing the fascinating rise of CD Baby, explaining catastrophic (but common) founder mistakes, or teaching me about relational databases in two minutes using analogies, he makes the complex simple. Moreover, he makes it all actionable. If you want a true manifesto, a guidebook with clear signposts, and a fun ride you’ll return to again and again, you have it here in this book. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.”
Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Workweek

“One of the last music business folk heroes. Derek Sivers is changing the way music is bought and sold.”
— Esquire magazine

hardcover Anything You Want


  1. Ten years of experience in one hour
  2. What’s your compass?
  3. Just selling my CD
  4. Make a dream come true
  5. A business model with only two numbers
  6. This ain’t no revolution
  7. If it’s not a hit, switch
  8. No “yes.” Either “HELL YEAH!” or “no.”
  9. Just like that, my plan completely changed
  10. The advantage of no funding
  11. Start now. No funding needed.
  12. The co-op business model: share whatever you’ve got
  13. Ideas are just a multiplier of execution
  14. Formalities play on fear. Bravely refuse.
  15. The strength of many little customers
  16. Proudly exclude people
  17. Why no advertising?
  18. And if only 1% of those people…
  19. This is just one of many options
  20. You don’t need a plan or a vision
  21. How do you grade yourself?
  22. I miss the mob
  23. You can afford to be generous
  24. Care about your customers more than about yourself
  25. Like you don’t need the money
  26. Customer service is everything
  27. Every interaction is your moment to shine
  28. Lose every fight
  29. Don’t punish everyone for one person’s mistake
  30. A real person, a lot like you
  31. You should feel pain when unclear
  32. The most successful email I ever wrote
  33. Little things make all the difference
  34. Delegate or die: the self-employed trap.
  35. It’s OK to be casual
  36. Naïve Quitting
  37. Don’t add your two cents
  38. Prepare to double
  39. It’s about being, not having
  40. The day Steve Jobs dissed me in a keynote
  41. My $3.3M mistake
  42. Make it anything you want
  43. Trust, but verify
  44. Delegate, but don’t abdicate
  45. How I knew I was done with my company
  46. Why I gave my company to charity
  47. Why you need your own company
  48. You make your perfect world
$15 : ebook, audiobook, and all digital formats forever
(epub, mobi, pdf, mp3, html, etc.)
$19 : paper book includes all digital formats
(really just $4 for the paper, so only $4 for each additional copy)