Anything you want: By Derek Sivers

Derek Sivers author of Anything you want

As, his first published book, it was only right I began with his initial work. In this book, Derek expands on his journey as he cultured and grew CD Baby, which he eventually sold for 22 million. And, through his experience, he’s able to share tremendous value and insight in this book.

His other literature work can be found here.

Necessity is a great teacher

I took away a valuable lesson out of this statement. Much recently, I invested in a Canon M50 mirrorless camera to upscale my production value of creating Youtube videos

The necessity to make this change was due to pixelated quality that I’d observed whilst using my Nikon D3100 DSLR camera during the initial stages of starting Youtube. With 20 published videos and few feedbacks, I diverted away from using my DSLR and found myself using my phone to shoot videos. The necessity to acquire Canon M50 not only added value to my creative endeavour but also enhanced my video quality. Something I wasn’t able to achieve with my DSLR.

Ideas are worth nothing unless they are executed. They are just a multiplier. Execution is worth millions.

And, it is true – initially as I started out blogging, I had a bucket full of good and bad ideas that I wanted to express. I tested out my ideas by executing them onto an online platform for others to review and provide feedback. With each post I published, I was able to determine how to execute effectively. Understand the importance of typography, post imagery etc. Having pursued this writing endeavour, I’ve also started to understand the niche of ideas I want to pursue writing about with the ambition to add value to others and also enjoy the process of writing. 

Imitation VS innovation 

Derek shares:

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.

As I read the first sentence, I reflected whether what I’m pursuing through my writing and content creation is a pre-designed path that I’ve unconsciously adopted.

Am I just imitating the rest?

How do I differentiate myself?

And, Derek had an answer to these questions too – in a podcast interview Derek talked about the idea of “imitation VS innovation“. You can find out more on this in my weekly newsletter.

He stated:

creating a table provides a different kind of joy, then buying one from IKEA.

In other words, whatever path I choose in my writing and content creation – I know some of my ideas will be recycled, but some would be inspired from real experiences and in those unique moments, I would find inspiration to create new ideas and execute to provide value. Here’s one I feel excited to share with you all.

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I am a writer and a graduate engineer working in Leicester, UK.

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