Anything You Want by Derek Sivers

July 15, 2023

Run the business you want to see in the world.

What a brief, inspiring read!

When you make a company, you make a utopia. It’s where you design your perfect world.

Sivers writes without a trace of hype or self-importance, candidy sharing his business successes and mistakes.

I’d like to run a business like him or work with that kind of operation: sharing things with people and helping them, making enough to live comfortably and keep trying new things. Always putting employees and customers before anything else—because otherwise what’s the point?

There’s a benefit to being naïve to the norms of the world — deciding from scratch what seems like the right thing to do, instead of just doing what others do.

I’m realizing I love smallish businesses, and for me this was an upbeat reminder and a heartening testimony that things really can work like this.

Are you helping people? Are they happy? Are you happy? Are you profitable? Isn’t that enough?

Worth a read if you have an impact on an organization’s trajectory and want a reality check.