Derek Sivers on Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of World-Class Performers

Key Takeaways

  • “If [more] information was the answer, then we’d all be billionaires with perfect abs” – Derek Sivers
  • “The best plan is the one that lets you change your plans”– Derek Sivers
  • “When you’re earlier in your career, I think the best strategy is to just say ‘yes’ to everything. Every little gig. You just never know what are the lottery tickets.” – Derek Sivers
  • “You can do everything you want to do. You just need foresight and patience.” – Derek Sivers
    • Don’t try to do everything at once, pick one thing to go after, then move onto the next thing
  • Business models can be simple and you don’t need to constantly pivot
  • When given an option of doing something, it should either be a: Hell yes or a No
  • Busy = out of control
  • “I believe you shouldn’t start a business unless people are asking you to” – Derek Sivers

Intro

Books Mentioned

About Derek Sivers

Life Advice & Quotes

  • “If [more] information was the answer, then we’d all be billionaires with perfect abs” – Derek Sivers
  • “The best plan is the one that lets you change your plans”
  • “When you’re earlier in your career, I think the best strategy is to just say ‘yes’ to everything. Every little gig. You just never know what are the lottery tickets.” – Derek Sivers
  • “You can do everything you want to do. You just need foresight and patience.” – Derek Sivers
    • Don’t try to do everything at once, pick one thing to go after, then move onto the next thing
  • Business models can be simple and you don’t need to constantly pivot
    • Derek’s business model for CD Baby: $35 setup fee and $4 per CD sold
      • “That was my entire business model, generated in 5 minutes by walking down to the local record store and asking what they do” – Derek Sivers
  • When given an option of doing something, it should either be a: Hell yes or a No
    • “Once I started applying this, my life just opened up” – Derek Sivers
  • Busy = out of control
    • “To me, that sounds like a person who’s got no control over their life” – Derek Sivers
  • “I believe you shouldn’t start a business unless people are asking you to” – Derek Sivers

Additional Notes

  • What would Derek put on a billboard?
    • “It won’t make you happy” – Derek Sivers
      • Too many people try to buy their way to happiness, that’s the wrong path to being happy
  • When you make a business, you’re making your own little world where you control the laws and culture
  • Treat life as a series of experiments: Live the life you think you want (but have an exit plan), be open to a big change, etc.
    • Derek recommends reading Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert In the book, Daniel recommends talking to a few people who are where you want to be and asking them about the pros and cons of their position
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Notes By Alex Wiec

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