Lean Startup Digest Issue #34: The wonderful views of Derek Sivers, a Lean airline story and thoughts for 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR! This is a time for reflection and thinking. New years resolutions are formed (some already broken). I’ve been reviewing 2015 and at around the same time I listened to a podcast (linked below) and in it Derek Silvers says:

“Every time when people contact me they say. I know you must be really busy…busy seems to imply that you have no control of your life…of your time…”.

It struck a cord. I realised I am too busy to be able to do things effectively and give my all. Certainly this newsletter has suffered on account of having too many projects and not saying no.

So I’ve decided that 2016 is the year of “HELL YEAH or No!”.

More about that in the podcast. Hope you get 2016 off to a good start.


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Derek Sivers on Developing Confidence, Finding Happiness, and Saying “No” to Millions

I urge you to listen to this podcast. Derek Sivers has a different take on life, happiness and business that is refreshing. This is a guy who built up his business CD Baby then sold it and gave all the money away to a charitable trust.

I’ve also recommended you read his book too — see below.

Listen to the podcast episode →

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Hi Fly: A Lean Airline Story

Read about HiFly, the MVP of airlines. Mellisa Perri recounts her tale of finding out about HiFly when her flight was cancelled.

Seems even heavily regulated and huge industries still find a way to experiment.

Read the blog post →

The BOOTSTART Manifesto

Ash Maurya has started the new year by collecting his thoughts on being an entrepreneur into a handy 16 point manifesto.

A good refresher before you kick on with your work for 2016.

Read the manifesto →


Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur

This is one of my most favourite books ever. A quick read or listen where Derek Sivers shares his unique and artful advice on entrepreneurialism and business.


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Thanks for reading! Have a wonderful iteration

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