How to Find Your Unfair Advantage with Derek Sivers

My guest today is a musician, programmer, writer, speaker, introvert, and entrepreneur.

He started out as a professional musician. Then he wanted a way to sell his own CDs on the internet, but the means to do this didn’t exist at the time. So his entrepreneurial spirit took over and he decided to create a website to sell his own music and then his friends music, then his friends friends were asking, and CD Baby was born.

CD Baby went on to become the largest online seller of independent music and created $100 million in sales for 150,000 musicians. My guest sold the company in 2008 for $22 million and gave the proceeds to a charitable trust for music education.

He has published 34 books, including the Amazon bestseller, Anything You Want. He is also a frequent speaker at the TED Conference and his talks have had over 5 million views.

Now, let’s hack …

Derek Sivers.

In this 52-minute episode Derek Sivers and I discuss:

  • The importance of self-education and learning
  • You need to become selfless to be successful
  • Don’t do anything if the world is not asking for it
  • How to go out into the world and gain expertise

The Show Notes