By derek sivers

Derek Sivers shares his philosophy of conflicting philosophies in this not quite non-fiction, not quite self-help book. Each chapter believes it knows how you should live. And each chapter disagrees with the next. A very unique and thought-provoking book. Meant for reflection as much as instruction.

About the book

From the author of Anything You Want, Hell Yeah or No, and Your Music and People, comes a book offering 27 different answers to the question of how to live your life. A pioneer in the music business and creator of CD Baby, Derek Sivers spent 4 years of his life condensing everything he’d ever learned into this work, seeking to succinctly answer one of life’s biggest questions: How To Live.

Sivers offers thought-provoking (and often contradictory) advice on being independent, commitment, broadening experience, minimalism and the art of doing nothing, thinking long term, connecting with the world, making memories, mastery of skills, the advantage of randomness, pursuing pain, instant gratification and doing what you want now, being a famous pioneer, chasing the future, the value of what has endured, learning, following great teachings, laughing and humor in life, preparing for the worst, living for others, getting rich, reinventing yourself, love, creativity, staying alive, making mistakes, making change, and life balance.

Book Details

Available in hardcover, paperback, e-book & audiobook

(Hardcover) Fabric Smyth-Sewn (Paperback) Perfect bound, 132 pages, 5″x8″, May 28, 2021
Price: (Hardcover) $19.99, (Paperback) $14.99, (E-book) $9.99, (Audiobook) $5.95
ISBN: (Hardcover) 978-1-99-115230-5, (Paperback) 978-1-99-115231-2, (E-book) 978-1-99-115232-9, (Audiobook) 978-1-99-115236-7

About the author

Derek Sivers

Derek Sivers, author of Anything You Want, Hell Yeah or No, Your Music and People, and How to Live, is an ambitious creator with a laser focus on perpetually producing and creating. This unyielding ambition shapes the core of his decision-making, leading him to decline numerous opportunities to prioritize time for creation.

Beyond his creative endeavors, he possesses an insatiable appetite for diverse knowledge and alternative approaches to thinking and living. This hunger propels him to immerse himself in extensive reading and maintain a nomadic lifestyle, exploring different corners of the world. He resonates deeply with individuals who push boundaries and embrace personal growth.

His overarching philosophy aligns remarkably with Stoicism, emphasizing self-strengthening for a challenging future. Despite this alignment, he remains a skeptic, recognizing that opposing viewpoints may also hold truth. Intentionally shifting perspectives keeps his worldview dynamic and open.

Contrary to conventional paths, he doesn’t work for monetary gain. Some might label him as retired since his financial pursuits have taken a back seat since 2008. Yet, his ambitions remain fervently intrinsic and intellectual, dedicated to learning, creating, and contributing.

He finds solace in solitary workdays that stretch 12 hours or more, where ‘work’ is synonymous with indulging in what he loves—writing, learning, and creating. This intrinsic pursuit, whether in music, websites, books, or companies, mirrors the life of a novelist, driven by personal fulfillment rather than external validation.

This encapsulates a fraction of who he is—a deliberate, forward-thinking individual who cherishes silence, values time as a precious commodity, and maintains a simple and sincere life philosophy.

Words of praise

Always brilliant and succinct, I guarantee you have not read a book like this before. 27 life philosophies on how to live a good life, each feeling profound and incredibly true, yet somehow they all manage to contradict each other… you know, like life. Derek is brilliant. He’s full of pithy wisdom and quirky ideas. I love his brain and love his books. If you want something different, yet still readable, check it out.
Mark Manson
author, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
Derek Sivers is one of my favorite humans, and I call him often for advice. Think of him as a philosopher-king programmer, master teacher, and merry prankster. I might need to do a second volume of my next book 100% dedicated to the knowledge bombs of Derek Sivers. So much good stuff. Hard to cut.
Tim Ferriss
author, 4-Hour Workweek


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