Derek Sivers

Me in 10 seconds

I’ve been a musician, producer, circus performer, entrepreneur, TED speaker, and book publisher.

Monomaniac, introvert, slow thinker, and love finding a different point of view.

California native, I now live in New Zealand.

Me in 10 minutes?

See my “about” page.

What am I doing now?

See my “now” page.

What do I use?

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Contact me?

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Derek Sivers hardcover books, stacked
How to Live book cover

How to Live (2021)

Not quite non-fiction, not quite self-help. It’s a work of art about conflicting philosophies.

Hell Yeah or No book cover

Hell Yeah or No (2020)

Useful wisdom. Simple profound mental models to guide your decisions.

Your Music and People book cover

Your Music and People (2020)

Get your work to the world by being creative, considerate, resourceful, and connected.

Anything You Want book cover

Anything You Want (2011 → 2022)

40 lessons for a new kind of entrepreneur. My tales of starting, building, and selling CD Baby.

See the foreign publishers of my translated books.


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Book Notes
detailed notes from the last 320+ books I’ve read
Now Now Now
a collection of sites that have a “what I’m doing now” page
tools to help people translate books
inspiring quotes about music, translated into Español, Français, Deutsch, Italiano, Português, Русский, العربية, 日本語, and 中文


3 short talks from the TED Conference.
Anything You Want
7 short animations from my book “Anything You Want”.
Uncommon Sense
Entrepreneur lessons learned from starting, building, and selling CD Baby.
Conference Presentations
Talks from other conferences, all subjects.


You can listen to over 80 hours of interviews, where I’m the guest.

Each one has an MP3 you can download, or a transcript if you prefer to read.

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Tweets see all tweets

March 8, 2023
Aim off-center to counter a bias :
March 7, 2023
Thinking something nice about somebody? Tell them.
March 2, 2023
50 conversations in Bangalore and Chennai :
February 9, 2023
Explorers are bad leaders :
February 6, 2023
Travelling just for the people :
February 3, 2023
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