I'm so grateful for everyone who got a copy of Ikigai, and especially for the reviews. My share goes to charity - the reviews are what I get a big selfish kick out of.
Veronica Sicoe's is my favorite so far. I like it because Veronica isn't a long-term reader of the site. Long-term readers often write about how great it is to have a nice compilation which I super-appreciate, but these don't as much brief someone with "fresh eyes" for the work. Enter, Veronica -
"Grab life by the balls"
by Veronica S.
"Who am I? I'm a little crazy, to tell you the truth. You kind of have to be to get anything done in the world."
This is how Sebastian describes himself in Ikigai, and it's basically what drew me toward him and this book. I like people who get things done, who move things, who shift views and change perspectives, and Sebastian Marshall is very much this type of person. Sure, he talks much, but he's got much to say.
Ikigai is a smart compilation of blog posts and articles that captures the essence of Sebastian's drive and vision in a simple, straightforward manner. It's a "stream of consciousness" type of book, more like a personal diary than a blog, and most definitely not a literary piece of work---but who the hell cares, it's the message that matters. If you're unwilling to grasp the useful ideas in this book because it doesn't shove big words and fancy formatting down your throat, it's your loss dude. And shame on you.
There's a lot of information in here about how to optimize your entire existence, from your daily schedule and habits to your effectiveness, your career and your passions, your relationships and your ultimate goals. It's not warm and fuzzy, and you need to have done some previous hard thinking about yourself to even understand how brilliant Sebastian's tips are. But if you're already actively pursuing ways to improve your life and gain more control over the outcome of your hard labor, then this book is definitely for you.
My favorite quote?
Embarrassment and errors are part of doing meaningful things. It's not such a big deal, really. Keep in mind you're going to die. It puts things into perspective. Mild discomfort? Who cares, you're going to f***ing DIE at some point. DO SOME COOL STUFF BEFORE THAT HAPPENS.
So, are you still scrolling through the reviews? Buy the book, it's worth its money. Besides, Sebastian's share goes to charity. How cool is that?
Thanks, Veronica. Wow.
(And please leave a review. Seriously, like, it'll be pretty easy to twist my arm into picking up the check if we're ever at dinner together if you leave a review, so it's a great use of five minutes from a selfish perspective too. Just click on the stars at Amazon. So yeah, review, review, review please.)
Any chance this book would be available in paperback?
Following the question about the paperbook format, are there any plans for an AppStore or PDF version at some point in the future? Would love to get my hands on the book but do not own a kindle.
It's not a huge priority -- other projects going on.
However, you can read Kindle books on CloudReader in your browser at read.amazon.com -- that's what I do.
Your blog is a very refreshing read to me -- it's insightful and "personal", and some posts give me the feeling that I've just taken a sneak peek into your mind and stolen a good idea. Love that!
Ikigai has been a very interesting read. I remember landing on your blog because of the Open Letter to Simon & Schuster and I liked your direct and cutting honesty and your "voice" so much, I didn't leave the site before reading about 30 of your posts. I was an instant supporter.
Ikigai is a good way to add a great deal more open-minded people to the long-time blog readers & subscribers. FFS, that book + website + marketing were put together in ONE week! Kudos to that!
When I think of the maaaany talented writers who sit on good manuscripts for years because they're too chicken or lazy to publish themselves, it makes me want to kick something. I hope you inspire a couple of them to kick themselves a step further. I know I'm not giving up on trying to motivate them.
Great work, Sebastian. Really great work. :)
I'm Sebastian, and I've been called a lot of things recently - ranging from 'a literary hero' to crazy. Why? Because I gave up 2/3rds of a $65,000 advance on a nonfiction book from Simon and Schuster by writing an Open Letter to the CEO saying that they don't treat people well enough.
Most people don't understand the decision. Why do that? Why screw up my author's career? Isn't that a lot of money? Isn't it a huge risk?
And the answers are - principles, integrity is more important than money, maybe not, and no.
I'm taking a bit of stand. I'm just one guy, but I think the publishing houses mistreat a lot of people, and it's even hurting their own business. Go talk to editors in the publishing world. They're all buried under paperwork and bureaucracy. The work conditions range from okay to unpleasant. I think people in publishing don't even realize how bad things are, because they've never seen a very healthy hyper-engaged industry.
I'd like things to get better, so I'm taking a stand. Okay, I'm losing out on about $50,000 after I already had a book that was basically done. But what's the point of money? I think it's some mix of doing what's important to you in the world, and being happy and engaged.
I had a discussion about book pricing recently with one of my favorite bloggers, Sebastian Marshall. His new book, Ikigai, is being sold for $7.77. He doesn't really care how much money he makes off it (his portion goes to charity, anyway), but he didn't want to lower the price because he thinks that it would signal that the book isn't high quality. I said that I'd accept that possibility for a chance of reaching a larger audience.
And due to lowering the price of Life Nomadic to 2.99, I've been able to reach an incredibly wide audience. In the past month I've sold far more copies of Life Nomadic than all other months combined. Reviews have been coming in, and lives have been changed. Despite much thinner margins, I'm even making more money from it. I couldn't be more happy about all this.
Make Her Chase You and Life Nomadic