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Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose
 
 

Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose [Kindle Edition]

Tony Hsieh
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This book is awesome. How Tony and Zappos grew to $1 billion in gross revenue in 10 years is just the beginning. From fundraising to finding happiness, from actual e-mails to checklists, it covers it all. Intensely personal and intensely practical. -- Tim Ferriss, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Of The 4-Hour Workweek In this fascinating (and often hilarious) account, Tony explains how he turns his beliefs into actions that really do deliver happiness. -- Gretchen Rubin, Author Of The Happiness Project

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The hip, iconoclastic CEO of Zappos shows how a different kind of corporate culture can make a huge difference in achieving remarkable results - by actually creating a company culture that values happiness - and then delivers on it.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Delivering Happiness is very simple, easy to read, funny and fantastic book. After I finished reading the book, I had a very nice feeling, was happier but I was expecting more, lot more material.

In this book, Tony writes from his experiments as young entrepreneur to creating a successful business model based on (simple) core values. He narrates his experiments with worm farm, photo button and pizza business as a boy; his stint with oracle that ended with setting-up LinkExchange as young entrepreneur; his learnings from LinkExchange deal with Microsoft ($265 Million) and as investor; his experiences (and experiments) in building $1 billion Zappos brand in less than 10 years from nothing and finally Zappos "marriage" with Amazon ($1.2 Billion).

He also writes about personal experience and learnings on the way as a kid, in school, at university, first job, raves and parties, hikes and marathons, hiring and layoffs..

Book is very good initially but as it progresses, looses kind of plot and appears to be over hyped. It seems to pass on the message of self-glorification and suggest "my way is high way". This pretty much could be Tony's style, which he has proved to be successful.

Still it is true (as Tony mentioned in closing lines) this book can potentially help you:
- make your customers happier (through better customer service) or
- make your employees happier (by focusing more on company culture) or
- make yourself happier (by learning more about the science of happiness)

Good: written in very simple language unlike other business books, with lot of humor and real life examples, fast-paced, will force you to think, motivational and inspiring.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Power of Ideas 28 Oct 2010
Format:Hardcover
At some point in each of our lives we draw up a balance sheet of our achievements - What was the meaning of our life and what part did I play in the chain of being? Did I manage the trade off's? Did I find the right balance? This book is about one man that did.

Tony Hsieh book is compelling because it is clear his vocation and destiny is mapped out from the outset. He already had that extra bit of wiring that turns an individual from good into out performs.The first section of the book that maps out the early years is an important part of the autobiography but not the reason for buying the book.

However, it is the insights offered into the unique culture that is Zappos, which went on to be sold to Amazon in just 10 years after it was founded for $1.2bn, that makes this book unmissable for anyone interested in corporate culture, employee engagement or the creation of a great place to work. Above it is the way Tony Hsieh makes key transformational ideas deceptively simple as he sets them down in what becomes, through out the book, his characteristic voice - vivid, self-deprecating and bluntly realistic. His messages are compelling.

Whilst the Zappos culture is unique and not readily replicable, particularly in a large long-established organisation, it provides real insights to help you come up with your own ideas for creating a culture that is unique and special for your own business.
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In this volume, Tony Hsieh (pronounced "SHAY") shares all of the business lessons he learned from success and (especially) from failure prior to and then during his association with Zappos.com, first as an adviser and investor in 1999 and then as CEO, a position he continues to occupy after the acquisition of Zappos by Amazon in 2009. He has organized the material in this book as follows: "The first section is titled `Profits' and consists mostly of stories of me growing up and eventually finding my way to Zappos...The second section, `Profits and Passion,' is more business-oriented, covering many of the important philosophies that we believe in and live by at Zappos...The third section is titled `Profits, Passion, and Purpose.' It outlines our vision at Zappos for taking things to the next level, and will hopefully challenge you to do the same." As Hsieh explains, the name Zappos is derived from the Spanish word "zapatos" meaning shoes. The company's gross sales exceeded $1-billion in 2009. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic emotional connection on a personal and business level.
Brilliant book written by Tony Hsieh. Effectively providing connections on a personal level, both in life and in business. A great read for any entrepreneur, CEO or graduate.
Published 17 days ago by Ben001
3.0 out of 5 stars Long Reading
Quite long reading to reach to the point.
Good reading if you are interested in learning more about Zappos. Otherwise there are better books.
Published 1 month ago by Panos Aski
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
This book made me happy and motivated me to pass that happiness onto others. Great work and one I hope Tony writes a post marriage to amazon update on
Published 2 months ago by Stuarth
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool story about Zappos
This one of the more interesting books about i read this year.

I like Tony's story about how he grow up to ending up at Zappos - really a good story and some very... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tonni Buur
5.0 out of 5 stars This one is good!
When you meet someone who is principled and cultured, and has led a life based on such tenets then emerging from them wiser, happier & successful, you become inspired. Read more
Published 3 months ago by A. Hakim
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Early parts about his childhood made me laugh out loud. Really liked the overall philosophy but found this book a bit rambling. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jj
4.0 out of 5 stars More of a story than a book of 'take aways'
Good read with more of a "really must work harder on our culture" than "lets do this, that and the other" feeling
Published 5 months ago by Richard Godfrey
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
Very good biography! Easy to read and very interesting! Highly motivational and good life story if you want to know more about entrepreneurship
Published 5 months ago by Daniel Osório
5.0 out of 5 stars It is the type of book that make me 'wow'
This book provides not only 'what' Tony and Zappos has done, but also 'how' he got there. Nearly half of the book is the story of Tony's life and his journey since his early age... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kha Nguyen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Inspiring and to the point! It is a great book for people who want to start their own businesses !
Published 9 months ago by alexandra Loi
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