Derek Sivers on What It Means to Fail


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Derek Sivers has lived many lives. He has been a musician, producer, circus performer, entrepreneur, speaker, and book publisher. His TED Talk, “Weird, or just different?”, has been viewed more than 3.5 million times. His book Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur shares everything he learned from starting, growing, and selling the company CD Baby.

You can say hello to Derek at

In this episode Derek and I discuss:

  • How Derek cultivated a practice of questioning assumptions
  • Why Derek has a Making Room, not a Living Room
  • What a controversial blog post taught Derek about handling criticism
  • Why you should distance your private persona from your public persona
  • What a failed marriage taught Derek about the meaning of failure.
  • Why you should separate your decisions from the outcome of those decisions
  • How Derek cultivates calm in his life


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The book is already a #1 bestseller on Amazon.

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