85 Books Recommended by Derek Sivers


American entrepreneur

From Derek Sivers’ Book Notes. Derek Sivers is an American entrepreneur best known for being the founder and former president of CD Baby, an online CD store for independent musicians. The author of Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur

1. The Art of Startup Fundraising Alejandro Cremades (score: 1,500–4.09 avg rating — 269 ratings)


2. A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy William B. Irvine (score: 289–4.19 avg rating — 7,385 ratings)


3. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us Daniel H. Pink (score: 278–3.95 avg rating — 64,282 ratings)


4. The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster: Why Now Is the Time to #Join the Ride Darren Hardy (score: 258–4.49 avg rating — 1,013 ratings)


5. Seeking Wisdom: From Darwin To Munger Peter Bevelin (score: 240–4.37 avg rating — 1,737 ratings)


6. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity David Allen (score: 226–3.99 avg rating — 87,046 ratings)


7. On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction William Zinsser (score: 182–4.24 avg rating — 17,015 ratings)


8. The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles Steven Pressfield(score: 179–4.05 avg rating — 41,297 ratings)


9. The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal Jim Loehr (score: 178–4.03 avg rating — 9,599 ratings)


10. Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives David Eagleman (score: 172–4.14 avg rating — 10,720 ratings)


11. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion Robert B. Cialdini (score: 168–4.18 avg rating — 56,478 ratings)


12. The 4-Hour Workweek Timothy Ferriss (score: 164–3.84 avg rating — 87,801 ratings)


13. The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About ItMichael E. Gerber (score: 156–3.99 avg rating — 40,987 ratings)


14. Man’s Search for Meaning Viktor E. Frankl (score: 154–4.34 avg rating — 211,024 ratings)


15. The Compound Effect Darren Hardy (score: 151–4.39 avg rating — 11,259 ratings)


16. The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph Ryan Holiday (score: 149–4.11 avg rating — 17,429 ratings)


17. The Passionate Programmer Chad Fowler (score: 145–3.96 avg rating — 3,032 ratings)


18. Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength Roy F. Baumeister (score: 138–3.96 avg rating — 14,244 ratings)


19. Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age Paul Graham (score: 138–4.06 avg rating — 6,393 ratings)


20. The Talent Code: Unlocking the Secret of Skill in Sports, Art, Music, Math, and Just About Anything Daniel Coyle (score: 131–4.07 avg rating — 12,800 ratings)


21. So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You LoveCal Newport (score: 100–4.09 avg rating — 12,353 ratings)


22. The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business Josh Kaufman (score: 99–4.04 avg rating — 15,211 ratings)


23. Cows, Pigs, Wars, and Witches: The Riddles of Culture Marvin Harris (score: 99–3.91 avg rating — 2,449 ratings)


24. Happy: Why More or Less Everything is Absolutely Fine Derren Brown (score: 99–4.16 avg rating — 990 ratings)


25. Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future Peter Thiel (score: 98–4.17 avg rating — 63,173 ratings)


26. Ego Is the Enemy Ryan Holiday (score: 98–4.12 avg rating — 14,401 ratings)


27. The Time Paradox: The New Psychology of Time That Will Change Your Life Philip G. Zimbardo(score: 97–3.73 avg rating — 1,847 ratings)


28. Stumbling on Happiness Daniel Todd Gilbert (score: 96–3.83 avg rating — 41,828 ratings)


29. Do the Work Steven Pressfield (score: 96–4.01 avg rating — 10,512 ratings)


30. Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success Shane Snow (score: 94–3.94 avg rating — 3,664 ratings)


31. So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You LoveCal Newport (score: 94–4.09 avg rating — 12,353 ratings)


32. Mindwise: How We Understand What Others Think, Believe, Feel, and Want Nicholas Epley(score: 93–3.74 avg rating — 1,149 ratings)


33. Peak: How Great Companies Get Their Mojo from Maslow Chip Conley (score: 93–3.98 avg rating — 1,181 ratings)


34. Fluent Forever: How to Learn Any Language Fast and Remember It Forever Gabriel Wyner(score: 92–4.22 avg rating — 3,030 ratings)


35. Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization Dave Logan(score: 92–4.01 avg rating — 5,482 ratings)


36. When Cultures Collide: Leading Across Cultures Richard D. Lewis (score: 91–4.03 avg rating — 319 ratings)


37. Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time Brigid Schulte (score: 91–3.88 avg rating — 5,153 ratings)


38. The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking Oliver Burkeman (score: 90–4.07 avg rating — 7,264 ratings)


39. Next Generation Leader: 5 Essentials for Those Who Will Shape the Future Andy Stanley(score: 90–4.12 avg rating — 2,378 ratings)


40. Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered Austin Kleon (score: 89–4.12 avg rating — 11,703 ratings)


41. The Millionaire Messenger: Make a Difference and a Fortune Sharing Your Advice Brendon Burchard (score: 89–4.14 avg rating — 1,225 ratings)


42. Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder Nassim Nicholas Taleb (score: 88–4.05 avg rating — 19,844 ratings)


43. Turning Pro Steven Pressfield (score: 88–4.22 avg rating — 5,306 ratings)


44. The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It Kelly McGonigal (score: 87–4.11 avg rating — 18,105 ratings)


45. The Little Book of Talent: 52 Tips for Improving Your Skills Daniel Coyle (score: 86–4.09 avg rating — 3,918 ratings)


46. Traction: A Startup Guide to Getting Customers Gabriel Weinberg (score: 86–4.17 avg rating — 3,259 ratings)


47. What Technology Wants Kevin Kelly (score: 85–3.70 avg rating — 5,296 ratings)


48. The Boron Letters Gary Halbert (score: 85–4.29 avg rating — 537 ratings)


49. Scientific Advertising Claude C. Hopkins (score: 84–4.13 avg rating — 1,137 ratings)


50. The Developing World: How an Explosion of Creativity in the Developing World Is Changing the World, and Why the Developed World Has to Start Paying Attention. Fredrik Haren (score: 83–3.80 avg rating — 35 ratings)


51. Cashvertising: How to Use More Than 100 Secrets of Ad-Agency Psychology to Make BIG MONEY Selling Anything to Anyone Drew Eric Whitman (score: 83–4.40 avg rating — 717 ratings)


52. Thinking, Fast and Slow Daniel Kahneman (score: 82–4.10 avg rating — 163,328 ratings)


53. Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman Yvon Chouinard (score: 82–4.17 avg rating — 5,153 ratings)


54. The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses Eric Ries (score: 81–4.05 avg rating — 106,076 ratings)


55. The Gervais Principle: The Complete Series, with a Bonus Essay on Office Space Venkatesh G. Rao (score: 81–4.29 avg rating — 315 ratings)


56. What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful Marshall Goldsmith (score: 79–3.94 avg rating — 16,878 ratings)


57. Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard Chip Heath (score: 77–4.02 avg rating — 31,533 ratings)


58. The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom Jonathan Haidt (score: 76–4.12 avg rating — 15,368 ratings)


59. Geography of Bliss Eric Weiner (score: 75–3.83 avg rating — 25,873 ratings)


60. The Investor’s Manifesto: Preparing for Prosperity, Armageddon, and Everything in Between William J. Bernstein (score: 74–4.08 avg rating — 845 ratings)


61. How We Decide Jonah Lehrer (score: 73–3.82 avg rating — 34,604 ratings)


62. Personal Development for Smart People: The Conscious Pursuit of Personal Growth Steve Pavlina (score: 70–3.94 avg rating — 3,565 ratings)


63. Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions Dan Ariely (score: 69–4.10 avg rating — 72,102 ratings)


64. The Wisdom of Crowds James Surowiecki (score: 67–3.80 avg rating — 19,992 ratings)


65. The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less Barry Schwartz (score: 66–3.84 avg rating — 22,675 ratings)


66. Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die Chip Heath (score: 65–3.96 avg rating — 51,997 ratings)


67. The Innovator’s Solution: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth Clayton M. Christensen(score: 64–4.03 avg rating — 6,992 ratings)


68. Small Is the New Big: and 183 Other Riffs, Rants, and Remarkable Business Ideas Seth Godin(score: 63–3.86 avg rating — 3,242 ratings)


69. The Art of Profitability Adrian J. Slywotzky (score: 62–3.93 avg rating — 432 ratings)


70. The Wisdom of No Escape: And the Path of Loving Kindness Pema Chödrön (score: 60–4.38 avg rating — 4,520 ratings)


71. When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times Pema Chödrön (score: 58–4.29 avg rating — 24,233 ratings)


72. How to Learn a Foreign Language Paul Pimsleur (score: 54–3.85 avg rating — 124 ratings)


73. Choose Yourself! James Altucher (score: 53–3.88 avg rating — 8,744 ratings)


74. Self-Reliance Ralph Waldo Emerson (score: 52–4.04 avg rating — 5,349 ratings)


75. How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life Scott Adams(score: 51–4.09 avg rating — 7,767 ratings)


76. The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly? Seth Godin (score: 50–3.86 avg rating — 4,982 ratings)


77. Turning Pro: Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life’s Work Steven Pressfield (score: 49–4.22 avg rating — 5,306 ratings)


78. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking Susan Cain (score: 48–4.04 avg rating — 232,953 ratings)


79. Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything Joshua Foer(score: 45–3.85 avg rating — 55,941 ratings)


80. Poke the Box Seth Godin (score: 44–3.79 avg rating — 10,071 ratings)


81. Confessions of a Public Speaker Scott Berkun (score: 41–3.91 avg rating — 3,416 ratings)


82. Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity Hugh MacLeod (score: 39–3.93 avg rating — 11,628 ratings)


83. What Would Google Do? Jeff Jarvis (score: 38–3.81 avg rating — 7,103 ratings)


84. Crowdsourcing: Why the Power of the Crowd Is Driving the Future of Business Jeff Howe(score: 37–3.82 avg rating — 1,724 ratings)


85. The Smartest Investment Book You’ll Ever Read: The Simple, Stress-Free Way to Reach Your Investment Goals Daniel R. Solin (score: 36–3.68 avg rating — 489 ratings)


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The list was compiled based on votes from the Goodreads community. Listopia is a special area of Goodreads, which allows people people to create lists which are, by default, polls — as anyone can vote on any list and can add books to any list.

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