10 Insights on the Tao of Business — Derek Sivers

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This presentation consists of highlights from the interview with Moe Abdou, founder & host of 33voices®.

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Derek Sivers Creator of CD Baby @sivers Originally a professional musician and circus clown, Derek Sivers created CD Baby in 1998. It became the largest seller of independent music online, with $100M in sales for 150,000 musicians. In 2008, Derek sold CD Baby for $22M, giving the proceeds to a charitable trust for music education. He is a frequent speaker at the TED Conference, with over 5 million views of his talks. Since 2011 he has published 34 books, including “Anything You Want” which shot to #1 on all of its Amazon categories.

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Insight #1 “Approach anything with generosity and the quest to improve the lives of others, and your success will follow. Less and less do you need to force things, Until finally you arrive at non-action. When nothing is done, Nothing is left undone.” - The Tao of Business

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Insight #2 On Becoming One of the inevitabilities of life are pendulum swings - accept them fully, and opt not to define yourself too early.

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Insight #3 On Execution Those who go far are hardly rigid with their ideas, for they understands that … The Master observes the world, but trusts his inner vision. He allows things to come and go. His heart is open as the sky.

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Insight #4 On Process When you do work worth doing, success isn’t measured by a goal, rather by the process that got you there. (read “After 15 years of practice”)

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Insight #5 On Money, Andy Warhol Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.

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Insight #6 On Persistence See persistence not as sticking with the same pursuits, but always being open to trying many different approaches towards your desired end.

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Insight #7 On Crisis Next time you’re in the midst of a challenge Pause for a moment, detach yourself from the situation, and imagine how a wise outsider not familiar with the details of your situation would respond.

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Insight #8 On Silence When you’re looking for answers, remember that ‘silence is a source of great strength.’

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Insight #9 On generosity, Khalil Gibran Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.

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Insight #10 Tao on Success Success is as dangerous as failure. Hope is as hollow as fear. What does it mean that success is as dangerous as failure? Whether you go up the ladder or down it, your position is shaky. When you stand with your two feet on the ground, you will always keep your balance. What does it mean that hope is as hollow as fear? Hope and fear are both phantoms that arise from thinking of the self. When we don’t see the self as self, what do we have to fear? See the world as your self. Have faith in the way things are. Love the world as your self; then you can care for all things.

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