Derek Sivers

Derek Sivers

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10+ Book Recommendations by Derek Sivers

  • Big Ideas for Curious Minds

    The School of Life

    @robinberjon This one is GREAT for that age: We read a chapter each night.

  • Hilo

    Judd Winick

    "An action-packed page turner with heart!"--Dav Pilkey, author of DOG MAN Take off on an epic adventure with the biggest, greatest HILO box set yet! Dog Man meets Big Nate in this hilarious New York Times bestselling graphic novel series that kids love! Six times the FUN! Six times the LAUGHS! Six times the ACTION! Follow the EPIC battle between Hilo and Razorwark from BEGINNING to END in this collectible box that includes the first SIX books in the New York Times bestselling series: Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth; Hilo: Saving the Whole Wide World; Hilo: The Great Big Boom; Hilo: Waking the Monsters; Hilo: Then Everything Went Wrong; and Hilo: All the Pieces Fit. And don't miss a BRAND NEW story arc starring GINA in Hilo Book 7: Gina---The Girl Who Broke the World. Coming in spring 2021! Here's what people are saying about Hilo! "Every kid would love a pal like Hilo!" --Lincoln Peirce, author of Big Nate series "Silly, tender, and most importantly: funny." --Jeff Smith, author of the Bone series "A story that can be enjoyed by the entire family." --New York Times

    Parents of young (age 5-10) readers: We just finished reading the “HILO” comic books - which my boy’s librarian recommended - and it’s the best we’ve ever found. GREAT writing/story/twists/everything. If you know another this good, please let me know.

  • Now a Wall Street Journal bestseller. A top performance expert reveals the secret behind many top athletes and executives: creating a heroic alter ego to activate when the chips are down. There’s only one person in the way of you untapping your potential: You. There’s also one person who can move you out of the way so you can perform at your peak. That person is already inside you. You just need to unlock them. This other part of you is your Alter Ego. After twenty-one years of working with elite athletes, performers and leaders, Todd Herman has discovered how you can use your alter ego to achieve the seemingly impossible. It all clicked for Todd when he met Bo Jackson. When Herman met Bo Jackson, the professional athlete told him, “Bo Jackson never played a down of football in his entire life.” Bo explained that when he was young, he’d get into trouble because chaos caused by his anger issues. Then, he saw Friday the 13th and became fascinated by the cold, calculating nature of Jason Vorhees. In that moment, he resolved to stop being Bo Jackson, and start being Jason the moment he stepped on the field. In this transformative guide, Herman teaches you how to create and control an Alter Ego like Bo—and the thousands of other athletes, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and entertainers who have used this simple tool to change their lives. Herman also shares his own story: he knew that inside was a confident, self-assured, intelligent person who could help others get better results in their lives. When he started using superman’s classic trick—putting on a pair of glasses—he learned to trigger the specific traits he needed to achieve his goals. The Alter Ego Effect is not about creating a false mask—it’s about finding the hero already inside you. It’s a proven way of overcoming the self-doubt, negativity, and insecurity that hold you back, and empowering you to ultimately become your best self.

    @todd_herman Todd! That was such a great book! Just emailed you via your form.

  • Art & Fear

    David Bayles

    A self-help book for artists of all medium.

    @ACGoh Full credit = the great book "ART AND FEAR" :

  • Everything around us is turning into computers. Typewriters, phones, cars, letters, encyclopedias, newspapers, and even your local store are being replaced by the Internet. Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age, by Paul Graham, explains this world and the motivations of the people who occupy it. In clear, thoughtful prose that draws on illuminating historical examples, Graham takes readers on an unflinching exploration into what he calls "an intellectual Wild West."

    @LisaDelay Yeah. I love his thinking, especially his book Hackers and Painters.

  • The Third Ear

    Joachim-Ernst Berendt

    The author draws on his studies of cultures around the world to demonstrate how dominance of the ear as the primary sense organ for gathering and processing information is directly linked to compassion and peacefulness

    My #1 most-gifted book is “The Third Ear” by Joachim-Ernst Berendt. Forever changes how you think of sound.

  • How to Live

    Judith Valente

    @ShadeOfMyMind Thanks! See and it's the basis for my next book “How to Live”

  • Atomic Habits

    James Clear

    James Clear presents strategies to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that help lead to an improved life.

    Three new book notes, including the great “Atomic Habits” :

  • The Talent Code

    Daniel Coyle

    @abybeats This is a better one to start with (then Little Book as reminder)

  • Anything You Want

    Derek Sivers

    Best known for creating CD Baby, the most popular music site for independent artists, founder Derek Sivers chronicles his "accidental" success and failures into this concise and inspiring book on how to create a multimillion-dollar company by following your passion. Sivers details his journey and the lessons learned along the way of creating and building a business close to his heart. In 1997, Sivers was a musician who taught himself to code a Buy Now button onto his band's website. Shortly thereafter he began selling his friends' CDs on his website. As CD Baby grew, Sivers faced numerous obstacles on his way to success. Within six years he had been publicly criticized by Steve Jobs and had to pay his father $3.3 million to buy back 90 percent of his company, but he had also built a company of more than 50 employees and had profited $10 million. Anything You Want is must reading for every person who is an entrepreneur, wants to be one, wants to understand one, or cares even a little about what it means to be human.

    @RomaRenegade Thanks! Just Sorry they don't do quantity discounts.

  • The War of Art

    Steven Pressfield

    "In this powerful, straight-from-the-hip examination of the internal obstacles to success, bestselling author Steven Pressfield shows readers how to identify, defeat, and unlock the inner barriers to creativity. The War of Art is an inspirational, funny, well-aimed kick in the pants guaranteed to galvanize every would-be artist, visionary, or entrepreneur." --from back cover.

    @bizspencer Doesn't really matter, but might as well do chronological: War of Art, Do the Work, Turning Pro.

  • Do the Work

    Steven Pressfield

    "This book is designed to coach you through a project (a book, a ballet, a new business venture, a philanthropic enterprise) from conception to finished product, seeing it from the point of view of Resistance."--Page [1].

    @bizspencer Doesn't really matter, but might as well do chronological: War of Art, Do the Work, Turning Pro.

  • Turning Pro

    Steven Pressfield

    The follow-up to his bestseller The War of Art, Turning Pro navigates the passage from the amateur life to a professional practice. "You don't need to take a course or buy a product. All you have to do is change your mind." --Steven Pressfield TURNING PRO IS FREE, BUT IT'S NOT EASY. When we turn pro, we give up a life that we may have become extremely comfortable with. We give up a self that we have come to identify with and to call our own. TURNING PRO IS FREE, BUT IT DEMANDS SACRIFICE. The passage from amateur to professional is often achieved via an interior odyssey whose trials are survived only at great cost, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. We pass through a membrane when we turn pro. It's messy and it's scary. We tread in blood when we turn pro. WHAT WE GET WHEN WE TURN PRO. What we get when we turn pro is we find our power. We find our will and our voice and we find our self-respect. We become who we always were but had, until then, been afraid to embrace and live out.

    @bizspencer Doesn't really matter, but might as well do chronological: War of Art, Do the Work, Turning Pro.

  • Art & Fear

    David Bayles

    A self-help book for artists of all medium.

    @rncrtr See this great story from the book “Art and Fear”:

  • Head First SQL

    Lynn Beighley

    Presents an instructional guide to SQL which uses humor and simple images to cover such topics as the structure of relational databases, simple and complex queries, creating multiple tables, and protecting important table data.

    @jlkirbee Head First SQL book: paper: or PDF: (don't buy on Kindle. needs big illustrations)