Delivering Happiness - Contest at the end!
So I have been getting tons of questions (okay, so maybe one) about how I got to review the new book Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos. Truth be told, I wish we were friends, because as mentioned in this book, he throws rockin’ parties. And you all know how I love a good party. But I really found out about the book on a blog somewhere and visited the website Delivering Happiness and signed up for the chance to give an honest review of the book. The fun part was that like Zappos who loves to surprise and delight their customers, sent an extra copy of the book to give away to one of my blog readers. So, yay you guys!
Because book reviews can be kind of staid, I will give you my version of the review.
What Tony (we are on a first name basis…we are practically bffs now) and I have in common:
1- Tony attended Harvard. Technically I have been to Harvard…if a campus tour counts.
2- Tony was a millionaire by age 25. (Before Zappos, he sold the company he founded, Link Exchange – they basically created - like, created created - banner ads – to Microsoft for $265 million in 1998.) I am 30 and a thousandnaire.
3- Tony built his business around customer service. I LOVE good customer service.
4- Tony is a little “weird.” (It is a Zappos core value.) I consider myself to be quirky.
5- Tony loves to play poker. Tommy loves to play poker. I like to have a girl’s night while Tommy plays poker.
6- Tony’s goal with this book is to find a way to bring happiness to yourself and others. I am a pretty happy person.
Burning questions I still have. Tony, can you send me some answers?
1- One of the founders, Nick, was mentioned in the beginning…I have no idea where he went. Maybe I missed that part?
2- At the beginning of the book, Tony talked about his first businesses. One of which was a button making business that his two brothers took over when he went to college. I would love to know what his brothers do today.
3- There was a lot of mention of friend relationships, but I am dying to know if Tony has a significant someone. (Not for me, I am already taken.)
Why I loved this book:
1- This book would make my entrepreneurship idol, Donny Deutsch, so proud. Tony takes you through EVERYTHING about starting the business. The whole back story, the pain, the suffering, the hard work, the sleepless nights, money running out --- well, everything. You can really feel his passion for the company and from a reader’s perspective, there is a lot of drama.
2- It was an easy read. I read it in about two nights and was one that I didn’t want to put down. You cannot say that about too many business books.
3- There was something for everyone. Even if you just aren’t that into the idea of starting you own business, the book is motivational, educational and gives you great insight on how to live a more purposeful life.
I would love for you guys to win a copy of this book! To win, please leave a comment telling me if you could do anything in the world for a living, what you would do? (Also, if you don’t have a blog, please leave me your email address so I can contact you if you are the biggest winner.) I will randomly pick the winner on Friday, June 11th.
Also, to purchase the book online, click here.