I heard CD Baby’s founder Derek Sivers wrote a book of 40 lessons for entrepreneurs. I found the book, titled Anything You Want. But I didn’t instantly buy it – until I saw the cover.
Something about the playfulness and creativity of seeing the cover photo of a child neck deep in sand, with no title or author name on the front book jacket, intrigued me. I felt I was about to step into a world of no limit thinking. After all, how many publishers would release a book with a cover like that?
So I bought the book. And I love it. It’s a quick read but one that will stay with you. If you only read the principles on page 3 of the book, you’d have enough to work with for the year.
“Business is not about money. It’s about making dreams come true for others and for yourself.”
Yes! Whatever business you play in should be one you’re doing because you love it and see how it benefits others. You’re in the business of making dreams come true.
“Never do anything just for the money.”
Yes! I’ve been preaching this a long time. Money should never be the focus; passion should be. Follow your passion and let the money come as a result.
“Starting with no money is an advantage. You don’t need money to start helping people.”
Yes! Needing money is often an excuse to delay action. You can start with no money, experience or education. You can start and let the steps unfold. Just begin helping people.
“The real point of doing anything is to be happy, so do only what makes you happy.”
Yes! A trick of the mind is to make you believe achieving something will lead to happiness. Yet the truth is, happiness is in what you appreciate right now.
Sivers has other wise principles in his book. I strongly endorse them and recommend them. Here’s yet another major take-away:
“IF you’re not saying ‘HELL YEAH’ about something, say ‘no.’”
Yes! In other words, when presented with a choice or an opportunity, look for the “HELL YEAH! I WANT TO DO THAT!”
If it isn’t there, pass.
Go read Anything You Want by Derek Sivers.
It’s a “HELL YEAH!”
PS – Derek Sivers also suggests you do what scares you. He’s quick to point out that you don’t need to do what you dread, but you do need to go for the “HELL YEAH!” – even it makes you tingle with fear/excitement. Read his book for more. And go do what you know you want to do.