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170. Derek Sivers on Minimalism, Mastery and Avoiding New Technology

derek sivers

Derek Sivers (@sivers) is a serial entrepreneur, blogger, author and musician who revolutionized the music industry pre-Spotify with CDbaby, the largest online distributor of independent music which he founded accidentally sold in 2008 for $22 million. Before that, he donated the company to a charity to fund public music education.

Derek also created a viral TED talk called “How to Start a Movement,” blogs on entrepreneurship, life and stoicism at Sivers.org and is the author of Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur.

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In today’s episode we discuss:

  • Why human beings are a competitive advantage over robotics, software and AI
  • F*&k yes, or No!… and how to apply it to your life
  • Why less is more when it comes to life
  • How bootstrapping a business helped Derek Sivers’ CD Baby succeed
  • Derek’s best advice for all aspects of life
  • Why reading the news and social media is a bad idea
  • How to achieve mastery at anything, and why you should
  • Why Derek doesn’t get excited about new technology
  • Why Derek gave it all away to charity
  • How success can fuel depression and loss of self
  • Tons of strategies to live a healthier, more fulfilled life
  • Why Derek doesn’t ascribe to any -isms

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