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Derek Sivers
Works at MuckWork
Attended Berklee College of Music
Lives in Singapore
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Keep earning your title, or it expires : https://sivers.org/expire
Until yesterday, I called myself an entrepreneur.Today I erased it from the top of every page on my site.
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Disconnect : https://sivers.org/dc
Someone asked what I remember as the best times of my life.
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7 new books on my book summaries : http://sivers.org/book (click "newest", up top). A few great ones.
over 200 book summaries with detailed notes for each
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I sound strange because I’m singing the counter-melody : https://sivers.org/counter
A lot of people think my advice and opinions sound strange.
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Don’t start a business until people are asking you to : https://sivers.org/asking
When you bake a cake, you need to do first things first.
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Happy, Smart, and Useful : https://sivers.org/hsu
There are three things to consider when making life-size decisions:
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Very similar to the career sweetspot Venn diagram which I’ve been known to evangelise amongst teammates before (not sure about the original source but found this article with a reasonable version):

http://www.mycareertopia.com/career-venn-diagram-sweet-spot/
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When you're extremely un-motivated : https://sivers.org/unmo
I’ve been feeling extremely un-motivated lately.I don’t know why.
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Yes, exactly. Especially poignant for me is the image of old photos you've chosen to accompany this entry. When my parents passed away years ago I came into possession of my Dad's huge collection of photos, slides and digital images. When I am in that intellectually unmotivated place, I fall back to the seemingly never ending project of digitizing Dad's photos and organizing them onto DVDs for sharing with the family. Soon, I'm up and running again with my writing, gardening or whatever .
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Don't add your 2 cents : https://sivers.org/2c
My friend Simone in Korea just became the big boss at work, managing other people for the first time.
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Possible futures : https://sivers.org/futures (with bonus in comments)
I don’t know if you do this, or if it’s just me.
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Do this. Directives - part 1 : https://sivers.org/d1
First see “just tell me what to do” for context.
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Wow. James Altucher pulled some interesting insights out of our interview. Read the article first before listening: http://www.jamesaltucher.com/2016/03/ep-159-derek-sivers-zen-master-entrepreneurship/
The most powerful currency in the world is not what you think. Not anymore. We’re turning to a new economy with two new, powerful currencies. And you have an opportunity, right now, to build a more fulfilling and rewarding li...
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You can always disappear from your problems. Start with the end in mind. Chose life. Choose happiness. Choose ...

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Assume men and women are the same : https://sivers.org/mw
Men say, “Women can never make up their minds.”
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Entrepreneur, programmer, avid student of life.
Introduction
Derek Sivers is best known as the founder of CD Baby.  

A professional musician (and circus clown) since 1987, Derek started CD Baby by accident in 1998 when he was selling his own CD on his website, and friends asked if he could sell theirs, too.

CD Baby was the largest seller of independent music on the web, with over $100M in sales for over 150,000 musician clients. 

After he won the 2003 World Technology Award, Esquire Magazine's annual "Best and Brightest" cover story said, "Derek Sivers is changing the way music is bought and sold... one of the last music-business folk heroes." 

In 2008, Derek sold CD Baby to focus on his new ventures to benefit musicians, including his new company MuckWork where teams of efficient assistants help musicians do their "uncreative dirty work".

His current projects and writings are all at sivers.org.
Bragging rights
3 published TED talks (see links on right)
Education
  • Berklee College of Music
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Gender
Male
Relationship
Married
Work
Occupation
helping musicians
Employment
  • MuckWork
    helping musicians, present
  • CD Baby
    1997 - 2008
  • HostBaby
    2000 - 2008
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Currently
Singapore
Previously
Chicago - Portland - London - New York - Santa Monica - Seattle