Derek Sivers
from the book “Anything You Want”:

What’s your compass?


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.

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.

In the following stories, you’ll notice some common themes. These are my philosophies from the ten years I spent starting and growing a small business.

What do these statements mean? What’s the context? How are you supposed to apply them to your own situation?

Well… I don’t love talking about myself, but for the lessons to make sense, I have to tell you my tale.