How to Live - Derek Sivers - book summary


I love this book because it’s so easy to read and thought-provoking.

For the real experience: buy the book. I highly recommend it.

It describes 27 ways to live your life. Every way is compelling but conflicts with each other.

Here is a summary of the 27 chapters and the weird conclusion.

Be Independent

Because freedom is all you need


Because nothing can be done without focus.

Fill you sense

Why have a body if not to use it?

Do nothing

Because that is the only wise thing to do.

Think super long-term

Never spend, only invest.

Intertwine with the world

The world is bigger than you.

Make memories

A day that you can’t remember is wasted.

Master something

The path you’ll take to master something is the one that will fulfill you the most

Let randomness rule

The world is bigger than you. Only randomness will let you discover it.

Pursue pain

Avoiding pain is the best way to avoid all the good things.

Do whatever you want now

The past and the future don’t exist, you just live in the present

Be a famous pioneer

Pushing the limit is a gift from you to humanity

Chase the future

The past is terrible by all measurable means. The future is better

Value only what has endured

Tap water or the internet?


Learning is how to live ❤️

Follow the great book

A defensive move when you are in doubt and lost.

Laugh at life
Prepare for the worst
Live for others
Get rich
Reinvent yourself regularly
Don’t die
Make a million mistakes
Make change
Balance everything

You are in charge.