Derek Sivers

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How to Live

27 conflicting answers and one weird conclusion

Book Summary:

There’s a great book called “Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives”.
Each chapter is a different short story about what happens when you die.
But what I love most is the format.
Each chapter disagrees with the rest!
It’s like it was written by forty different authors, answering the same question in a different way.

And so I got inspired to write a book called “HOW TO LIVE” in that same format.
27 different answers to the question of how to live your life.
Each chapter disagrees with the rest.
But in this case, they’re all true, so how can you reconcile it?
You’ll see.

I poured my entire life into “HOW TO LIVE” for the last four years, often writing 16 hours a day.
The first draft was over 1300 pages, with the culmination of everything I’ve ever learned.

Have you seen my book notes?
For years, I’ve extracted just the most interesting ideas from every non-fiction book I read.
Reducing 350 pages down to maybe 30 fascinating sentences.
So now I did this for my own book.
I spent the last two years editing “HOW TO LIVE” down to 8% of its original size.
Now it’s just 112 succinct pages with no unnecessary words.

Honestly, I’m in awe of it.
I think it’s the most beautiful book I’ve ever seen.
I’m not supposed to say that, but it’s true.

It’s only available on my site - nowhere else.

The ebook, audiobook, and paper books are all ready now.

Get the gorgeous linen hardcover if you can.
It’s timeless high quality, and ships worldwide.
The book cover is blue-green to represent the ambiguity of the contents.
(It took months to find a shade that some call blue and others call green.)

$15 : ebook, audiobook, and all digital formats forever
(epub, mobi, pdf, mp3, html, etc. No DRM.)
$19 : paper book includes all digital formats
(really just $4 for the paper, so only $4 for each additional copy)

hardcover How to Live

Contents:

  1. Be independent.
  2. Commit.
  3. Fill your senses.
  4. Do nothing.
  5. Think super-long-term.
  6. Intertwine with the world.
  7. Make memories.
  8. Master something.
  9. Let randomness rule.
  10. Pursue pain.
  11. Do whatever you want now.
  12. Be a famous pioneer.
  13. Chase the future.
  14. Value only what has endured.
  15. Learn.
  16. Follow the great book.
  17. Laugh at life.
  18. Prepare for the worst.
  19. Live for others.
  20. Get rich.
  21. Reinvent yourself regularly.
  22. Love.
  23. Create.
  24. Don’t die.
  25. Make a million mistakes.
  26. Make change.
  27. Balance everything.
  28. Conclusion
$15 : ebook, audiobook, and all digital formats forever
(epub, mobi, pdf, mp3, html, etc. No DRM.)
$19 : paper book includes all digital formats
(really just $4 for the paper, so only $4 for each additional copy)

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