30 Inspirational Derek Sivers Quotes on Success

Birth: September 22, 1969, California, USA


Short Derek Sivers Biography


Derek Sivers is an American writer, musician, programmer, and entrepreneur known as the founder and former president of CD Baby, an online CD store for independent musicians.

He is also the author of the best-selling book, Anything You Want.

Quotes by Derek Sivers


“Business is as creative as the fine arts. You can be as unconventional, unique, and quirky as you want. A business is a reflection of the creator.” Derek Sivers
“Success comes from persistently improving and inventing, not from persistently doing what’s not working.” Derek Sivers
“Don’t be on your deathbed someday, having squandered your one chance at life, full of regret because you pursued little distractions instead of big dreams. You need to know your personal philosophy of what makes you happy and what’s worth doing.” Derek Sivers
“Delegation doesn’t come naturally to any of us. But I was trying really hard to be good at it. I knew how important it was to get into the delegation mind-set. I was trying to empower my employees—to let them know they could make decisions on their own, without me.” Derek Sivers
“But I never again promised a customer that I could do something that was beyond my full control.” Derek Sivers
“I spent only $500 to start CD Baby. The first month, I earned back $300. But the second month I made $700, and it’s been profitable every month since.” Derek Sivers
“There’s a big difference between being self-employed and being a business owner. Being self-employed feels like freedom until you realize that if you take time off, your business crumbles. To be a true business owner, make it so that you could leave for a year, and when you came back, your business would be doing better than when you left.” Derek Sivers
“Most people don’t know why they’re doing what they’re doing. They imitate others, go with the flow, and follow paths without making their own. They spend decades in pursuit of something that someone convinced them they should want, without realizing that it won’t make them happy.” Derek Sivers
“When you sign up to run a marathon, you don’t want a taxi to take you to the finish line.” Derek Sivers
“Even if you want to be big someday, remember that you never need to act like a big boring company. Over ten years, it seemed like every time someone raved about how much he loved CD Baby, it was because of one of these little fun human touches.” Derek Sivers
“To have something (a finished recording, a business, or millions of dollars) is the means, not the end. To be something (a good singer, a skilled entrepreneur, or just plain happy) is the real point. When you sign up to run a marathon, you don’t want a taxi to take you to the finish line.” Derek Sivers
“If you think your life's purpose needs to hit you like a lightning bolt, you'll overlook the little day-to-day things that fascinate you.” Derek Sivers
“We’ve all heard about the importance of persistence. But I had misunderstood. Success comes from persistently improving and inventing, not from persistently doing what’s not working.” Derek Sivers
“Just pay close attention to what excites you and what drains you. Pay close attention to when you're being the real you and when you're trying to impress an invisible jury.” Derek Sivers
“Never forget that you can make your role anything you want it to be. Anything you hate to do, someone else loves. So find that person and let her do it.” Derek Sivers
“Never forget why you’re really doing what you’re doing. Are you helping people? Are they happy? Are you happy? Are you profitable? Isn’t that enough?” Derek Sivers
“By not having any money to waste, you never waste money.” Derek Sivers
“There’s a benefit to being naive about the norms of the world—deciding from scratch what seems like the right thing to do, instead of just doing what others do” Derek Sivers
“Starting small puts 100 percent of your energy into actually solving real problems for real people.” Derek Sivers
“Don't be on your deathbed someday, having squandered your one chance at life, full of regret because you pursued little distractions instead of big dreams.” Derek Sivers
“If you think your life’s purpose needs to hit you like a lightning bolt, you’ll overlook the little day-to-day things that fascinate you. If you think revolution needs to feel like war, you’ll overlook the importance of simply serving people better.” Derek Sivers
“Don’t be on your deathbed someday, having squandered your one chance at life, full of regret because you pursued little distractions instead of big dreams.” Derek Sivers
“When you make a company, you make a utopia. It’s where you design your perfect world.” Derek Sivers
“Most people don't know why they're doing what they're doing. They imitate others, go with the flow, and follow paths without making their own.” Derek Sivers
“In the end, it's about what you want to be, not what you want to have.” Derek Sivers

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