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<h1><a href="/" title="Derek Sivers">Derek Sivers</a></h1>
I can’t answer questions
Answering people’s questions was taking up all of my time.
<a href="/quit">So I quit</a>.
Please <a href="/contact">contact me</a> to introduce yourself, share your thoughts, or anything else.
I happily read and reply to every email.
But if you ask me a question, unfortunately I can’t answer.
Everything I know is on my site, whether in my <a href="/blog">articles</a>, my <a href="/i">interviews</a>, or my <a href="/book">book notes</a>.
You can search those all at once, here:
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You’d think it would be easy to answer <strong>a quick 5-minute question</strong>, right?
But I get almost 100 a day, so that’s 500 minutes, which is about 8 hours.
In 2016, I answered 30,904 emails from 11,971 people.
Since 2008, I’ve answered over 192,000 emails from 78,000 people.
Answering people’s questions had become my full-time job.
This approach was unsustainable.
So <strong>my original plan was to become completely unreachable after 2016!</strong>
I was going to go hard-core, shut off all email and social media, and make myself unreachable to all but a few close friends and colleagues.
It felt like the only solution.
But then I realized <strong>I could remain reachable as long as I don’t answer questions</strong>.
(This is like <a href="/tilt">tilting my mirror</a>.)
It only takes a few minutes a day to read my emails, and say thanks.
What was taking forever were my answers!
So, I’m <strong>sincerely sorry</strong> if you took the time to send me a question, and I sent you here.
It feels weird to not answer.
I hope you understand why I can’t.
I need to <a href="/projects">finish my projects</a> instead.
Lastly, please see <strong><a href="/contact">why you should still contact me</a> anyway.</strong>
As a musician, I would often do shows where I would perform for two hours, playing every single song I knew.
People would come up to me to make a request.
I’d have to say, “Sorry, I’m playing you everything I know.”
This website is like my show.