I was one of the lucky ones who got to read Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh before it hit mass market. This book is excellent whether you own a business, plan on owning a business, or work under someone else. It has some valuable lessons in it that I want to share with you.
The book is broken up into three sections: Profits, Profits and Passion, and Profits, Passion, and Purpose.
The book starts off talking about Tony’s childhood and how he’s always wanted to be in business. It goes through a series of different business failures and then some successes. This section is actually pretty humorous and reminds me a lot of my childhood. As the book goes on it gets a little more serious into talking about Hseih’s days in Silicon Valley and his former company Link Exchange, which was purchased by Microsoft for $265 million in 1998.
The most valuable part to me was when Tony explained how Zappos got started and how it almost failed multiple times before getting to where it now is. He talks about how at times they had to choose to pay employees or vendors. I won’t say too much but it is interesting to know that if Hsieh hadn’t sold his party loft at the last second then Zappos.com might be out of business.I think many people only see the good side of business, they don’t understand how hard it is, and how sometimes you must risk it all.
My Favorite Parts:
- When talking about Financials Hseih says “Remember that it’s a long term game. You will win or lose individual hands or sessions, but it’s what happens in the long term that matters.”
- On Poker and Business relation – “It was easy to get caught up and engrossed in what i was currently doing, and that made it easy to forget that i always had the option to change tables.”
- On Business Culture – “I made a not to myself to make sure I never lost sight of the value of a tribe where people truly felt connected and cared about the well-being of one another. To me, connectedness – the number and depth of my relationships – was an important element of my happiness, and I was grateful for our tribe.”
This book is excellent and not to mention an easy read. Most people can probably knock it out in a sitting. It keeps your attention the whole way through. Buy Delivering Happiness with the link below.Buy Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh