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Derek Sivers
Works at MuckWork
Attended Berklee College of Music
Lives in Singapore
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I know more people than I know.
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It used to be what you know, then that changed to who you know, which was corrupted by Hollywood and other exploitative verticals into "who you blow". These days I think what really matters is " Who knows You ".
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Why I've been quiet online lately: http://sivers.org/boring
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". . .Or do you somehow keep up your obligations to entertain, while doing your “shut up, sit down, and focus” work on the side?. . ."
Asked and answered.
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If you liked my “First Follower / How to Start a Movement” TED talk, see this short vid: http://rowansimpson.com/2014/11/27/the-quiet-ones/
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5 new books added to my book notes page: http://sivers.org/book
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Amazing suggestions! Just found out about LeanPub, excited to get writing using that workflow! Got some issues with 4 hour body though (animal products and fat) :)
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How to change or build your career: http://sivers.org/career
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Just ordered... thanks for the great blog post & book recommendation Derek!
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Fixed mindset vs Growth mindset. Crucial to recognize the difference in yourself & others: http://sivers.org/mindset
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I saw a great presentation on this aimed at software engineers. The speaker (female) remarked how women are raised in a fixed mindset more so than men.

This lead to women being more frustrated and giving up at difficult subjects (like software engineering).

The speaker recommended treating children more equally when raising them and allowing women to be more challenged when being raised.

Being male, I have no clue how true or not this is. But the speaker made a great, compelling speech. Especially when she revealed to the audience she started software engineering at the age of 50 and loves it. She was raised with a growth mindset.
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Getting out of a bad place: http://sivers.org/bad
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Thank you. I'm in that bad place now but hope I'm on the road to being better. Your words help. 
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People who say “day job” are my kind of people.
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Mark Manson is one of the best writers I know: http://markmanson.net/best-articles
There’s enough written on this site to fill two books, so it can sometimes be daunting to know where to start. Below are what many…
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Great new book about smart shortcuts to success: “Smartcuts” http://sivers.org/book/Smartcuts
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Two months ago removed snacks from the house, and started eating only when actually hungry. No other changes. Lost 30 pounds so far.
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+Eric Reich If you can make yourself eat Kale Chips when there is a bag of Doritos nearby just waiting to be eaten, you're a stronger person than me. :)
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Of the 185 books I've read in the last 7 years, this one has stuck with me the most: http://sivers.org/book/TimeParadox (email me when you finish it)
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Thanks for sharing, i've read many of your recommendations, particularly loved Art of Stoic Joy and the Personal MBA, but really struggled with Stumbling on Happiness, think Fumbling about Happiness may have been a more apt title. Have you read Letters Of Note? That's my recommendation to you. I look forward to checking out Time Paradox.
 Thanks, Jason
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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
Basic Information
Gender
Male
Relationship
Married
Work
Occupation
helping musicians
Employment
  • MuckWork
    helping musicians, present
  • CD Baby
    1997 - 2008
  • HostBaby
    2000 - 2008
Places
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Currently
Singapore
Previously
Chicago - Portland - London - New York - Santa Monica - Seattle