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“In the acquisition of a new habit, or the leaving off of an old one, we must take care to launch ourselves with as strong and decided an initiative as possible. Accumulate all the possible circumstances which shall reinforce the right motives; put yourself assiduously in conditions that encourage the new way; make engagements incompatible with the old; take a public pledge, if the case allows; in short, envelope your resolution with every aid you know. This will give your new beginning such a momentum that the temptation to break down will not occur as soon as it otherwise might; and every day during which a breakdown is postponed adds to the chances of its not occurring at all.”
—William James (1842-1910)


"When any question starts off, 'Why don't they...',
the answer is -- almost always -- money."
—Robert A. Heinlein

"There's a big difference between wanting to work and having to work.
I had to learn that the hard way. Now money is very important to me.
Because I ain't got it."
—James Caan

"Look, I'm gettin' old, you hear? I spent most of my life hanging around crummy joints with a buncha punks drinkin' the beer, eatin' the hash and the hot dogs and watchin' the other people go off to Florida while I'm sweatin' out how I'm gonna pay the plumber. I done time and I stood up but I can't take no more chances.
Next time, it's gonna be me goin' to Florida."
—Eddie Coyle


"What makes a man? Is it being prepared to do the right thing,
whatever the cost? Isn't that what makes a man?"
—Jeffrey Lebowski

"What does a man do? A man provides. And he does it even
when he's not appreciated, or respected, or even loved.
He simply bears up and he does it. Because he's a man."
—Gustavo Fring

"I got the shotgun. You got the briefcase.
It's all in the game, though, right?"
—Omar Little

ANYTHING YOU WANT by Derek Sivers 

I'm knocked out by ANYTHING YOU WANT, the new book by Derek Sivers.

Best known as the musician/mastermind behind independent music juggernaut CD Baby, Sivers has emerged as a modern day folk hero to artists, iconoclasts and entrepreneurs, while earning the respect of the establishment as one of the most inspiring minds of the digital age.

Anything You Want provides a concise outline of the author's unique approach to enhancing creativity and productivity—an approach which is both universally applicable and refreshingly counterintuitive.

Part manifesto, part memoir, the book brings together the best articles from Sivers' popular blog with an inside look at the company he founded and the evolution of its enlightened business practices.

As a special bonus, Derek Sivers is giving book customers an MP3 from some of his favorite CD Baby artists. I'm delighted to recommend the book, and am honored that Derek is including my song "Emerald Buddha" among the selections.


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