Top 12 Best Quotes to act with … from “Anything You Want” — Derek Sivers

Paul P
Paul P
Mar 21, 2018 · 2 min read
Anything you Want
  1. « A business plan should never take more than a few hours of work — hopefully no more than a few minutes. The best plans start simple. A quick glance and common sense should tell you if the numbers will work. The rest are details. »
  2. « Success comes from persistently improving and inventing, not from persistently doing what’s not working. »
  3. « Present each new idea or improvement to the world. If multiple people are saying, “Wow! Yes! I need this! I’d be happy to pay you to do this!” then you should probably do it. But if the response is anything less, don’t pursue it. »
  4. « Anytime you think you know what your new business will be doing, remember this quote from serial entrepreneur Steve Blank: “No business plan survives first contact with customers. »
  5. « I’m so glad I didn’t have investors. I didn’t have to please anybody but my customers and myself. No effort was spent on anything but my customers. »
  6. « It’s counterintuitive, but the way to grow your business is to focus entirely on your existing customers. Just thrill them, and they’ll tell everyone. »
  7. « To me, ideas are worth nothing unless they are executed. They are just a multiplier. Execution is worth millions. »
  8. « So please don’t think you need a huge vision. Just stay focused on helping people today. »
  9. « It’s important to resist that simplistic, angry, reactionary urge to punish everyone, and step back to look at the big picture. In the moment, you’re angry, focusing only on that one awful person who did you wrong. Your thinking is clouded. You start believing everyone is awful and the whole world is against you. This is a horrible time to make a new policy. »
  10. « It’s dehumanizing to have thousands of people passing through our computer screens, so we do things we’d never do if those people were sitting next to us. »
  11. « There’s a benefit to being naive about the norms of the world — deciding from scratch what seems like the right thing to do, instead of just doing what others do. »
  12. « There’s a big difference between being self-employed and being a business owner. Being self-employed feels like freedom until you realize that if you take time off, your business crumbles. To be a true business owner, make it so that you could leave for a year, and when you came back, your business would be doing better than when you left. »