Our guest in this episode is Derek Sivers, a writer, programmer, entrepreneur and former owner of CD Baby, an online store for independent musicians.

We’ve been waiting to do this interview for a long time, and when Derek re-emerged with the plan to publish three books after a few reclusive years, we wanted to catch up and find our what he had been up to.

This interview is in 2 parts. In Part 1 we talk about building a life around values such as learning, growth or minimalism, and exploring freedom to its extremes.

In Part 2 we talk about about daily practices for increasing self-knowledge, and many different ways in which people can thrive and find fulfillment.

What do you do when you don’t have to do anything, and you can do anything? - @Sivers Click To Tweet

In This Episode of Future Thinkers:

  • The philosophy behind “Hell Yeah or No”
  • Choosing which values guide you through life, and how those values can change
  • How you can benefit from throwing yourself into an unknown territory
  • Is there such thing as too much freedom?
  • How to manifest the principles of stoicism and minimalism in everyday life
  • How to let go of attachment to your identity and break your loyalties intentionally
  • Derek’s approach to commitment and self-knowledge
  • Legacy as a form of “life after death”
  • The difference between striving to achieve a certain state, and committing yourself to changing the process as your life unfolds
Where do you go when you don’t have to be anywhere, and you can be anywhere? - @Sivers Click To Tweet

Resources and Mentions:

When in doubt, go back to nothing and test how much you miss it. - @Sivers Click To Tweet

Recommended Books:

More From Future Thinkers:


Say Hi!

Our mission is to help people wake up, evolve, and adapt to the changing world.

Log in with your credentials

Forgot your details?