Starting a business is always exciting and it sets you and your life on a rollercoaster. Sometimes it goes fine and sometimes it miserably fails.
From earlier this year, I planned to start a side business and after couple of months of ideation, I’ve started my software consultancy that focus on certain niches. It wasn’t my first time starting a business, but I noticed my motivation is different from years back. I also noticed I’m not just the same guy with the same appetite as before. My ambition and my Whys are way different now compare to the past.
I felt quite motivated at first but I slowly felt something is missing. Not in the business idea itself, but my mindset and how I need to move it forward. I see myself out of inspiration and where exactly I need to go with my idea in the long run.
That was a point I understand I need to take a step back and gain a different perspective of how starting a business should be about. So I decided to dig a bit and find a couple of interesting books including Anything you want by Derek Sivers. Thanks to Goodreads and a great network that we can create there, it’s not hard to find where highly successful people find their source of inspiration and most importantly, how they view life.
Anything you want by Derek Sivers is a small book, around 90 pages. Each topic is easy to read and is about 1.5 pages. Without spoiling much of the book, Derek is a musician and entrepreneur and this book is focused on his journey of building the CDBaby, a music distribution company for independent musicians. He started the CDBaby as his hobby which eventually he successfully sold it for $22 million.
The beautiful part of this book is, Derek is not explaining his business process or success stories over and over in the book. He actually talks about his mindset of what makes a good business, both for himself and his customers. He also shares his lessons in the book in the form of a short story.
Now some may say some of the points in the books are obvious facts. But my personal experience in regards to life is, the more we know and the more we learn about it, we are more fascinated by simple ideas that affect our mindset and our perspective.
And finally, I would like to share some quotes from this book with you. Hopefully, it inspires you to pursue your next adventure.
When you make a business, you get to make a little universe where you control all the laws. This is your utopia.Derek Sivers, Anything you want Book
Success comes from persistently improving and inventing, not from persistently doing what’s not working.Derek Sivers, Anything you want Book
So please don’t think you need a huge vision. Just stay focused on helping people today.Derek Sivers, Anything you want Book
How do you grade yourself?
It’s important to know in advance, to make sure you’re staying focused on what’s honestly important to you, instead of doing what others think you should.Derek Sivers, Anything you want Book
Make sure what makes you happy, and don’t forget it.Derek Sivers, Anything you want Book
After I read this book, I started to gain a better perspective on how starting a business should feel like. I hope you get your own copy and enjoy your reads!