September 30, 2023
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“I feel that saying ‘adequate’ is a superpower.”

— Derek Sivers

Derek Sivers (@sivers) is an writer of philosophy and entrepreneurship, recognized for his stunning, quotable insights and pithy, succinct writing model. He’s a former musician, programmer, TED speaker, and circus clown, who bought his first firm, CDBaby, for $22 million and gave all the cash to charity.

Derek’s books (How to Live, Hell Yeah or No, Your Music and People, Anything You Want) and latest tasks are at his web site: His upcoming ebook is Useful Not True.

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#668: Derek Sivers — The Joys of an Un-Optimized Life, Discovering Paths Much less Traveled, Creating Tech Independence (and Dangers of the Cloud), Taking Large Leaps, and Selecting the Proper Sport of Life

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Wish to hear the primary time Derek was on the present? Take heed to our dialog right here, during which we mentioned growing confidence, discovering happiness, saying ‘no’ to tens of millions, Derek’s favourite books, and far, far more.

#125: Derek Sivers on Creating Confidence, Discovering Happiness, and Saying No to Hundreds of thousands

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  • [06:16] The Derek Sivers Faculty of Sufficient.
  • [11:24] Scuba diving and empathy classes in Iceland.
  • [16:13] Classes we apply to ourselves and others.
  • [22:46] Derek’s folks compass.
  • [28:14] How you can safe your tech independence.
  • [1:05:19] The unoptimized life.
  • [1:16:37] The which means of Derek’s upcoming ebook, Helpful Not True.
  • [1:32:55] The issue with ethical relativism and different -isms.
  • [1:51:24] Large leaps.
  • [2:00:10] Discovering and asking mentors for assist.
  • [2:08:18] Video games.
  • [2:12:26] The knowledge of quitting while you’re forward.
  • [2:17:13] Why would Derek — by no means in want of exterior validation — search fame?
  • [2:20:45] What makes Derek so darned attention-grabbing?
  • [2:23:18] Has Derek at all times been a satisficer?
  • [2:31:43] Dwelling on the sting case.
  • [2:35:33] The true query behind “What would you inform your youthful self?”
  • [2:40:29] Giving instructions in Antarctica.
  • [2:41:46] How do you train an 11-year-old to behave like a 16-year-old?
  • [2:45:45] Parting ideas.


“In the event you surprise why I’m so pleased, why I’m thriving, why I appear to be doing properly, plenty of my happiness comes from this worldview that’s radical doubt. It’s skepticism. I’m going to provide this the shorthand of calling it ‘Helpful Not True.’”
— Derek Sivers

“In the event you arrange your corporation to serve the folks that you just love being round, even when it makes much less cash, you’re going to be a lot happier.”
— Derek Sivers

“I feel that saying ‘adequate’ is a superpower.”
— Derek Sivers

“We spend the primary half of our life deferring to authority and considering that authority has energy over us. And at a sure level, you understand that you just’re free. You’re liberated from that so long as you don’t break the legislation.”
— Derek Sivers

“The temptation to maintain taking part in, despite the fact that the rewards are accomplished, isn’t that the definition of dependancy? Persevering with a habits despite the fact that it’s not rewarding you anymore?”
— Derek Sivers


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