A few weeks ago I held a "Delivering Happiness" Giveaway and one lucky follower got a free advanced copy of the book (thanks to Zappos.com for sending me an extra free copy to give away!). If you weren't lucky enough to get your hands on a copy before the rest of the world, I'm here to tell you why, starting today, you should definitely go pick up a copy.
Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos and author of this book, explains in an easy to read, colloquial language about his personal and professional path to profits, passion, and purpose. We learn why "thinking outside of the cubicle" built this company into a multi-billion dollar retailing business and why making sure Zappos employees grow both professionally and personally makes for a whole lot of happy people.
This book isn't just your ordinary unrealistic business model about how to grow rich without trying. It's a modern day manual about how believing in your passions can lead to great success, both in your career and more importantly, in your life. Tony recounts some of his toughest and most celebrated moments, from his earliest entrepreneurial adventures as a kid, to feeling the financial burdens of building a business, to building a billion dollar brand based on corporate culture and core values. He shows how taking problems, challenges, and setbacks and turning them into opportunity is absolutely possible.
There are so many good pieces of the book that I'd love to share with you, but I don't want to spoil all of the fun before you get your hands on a copy. So for today's featured quote, I thought I would use one of my favorite lines from the book to give you an idea of some of the great words of wisdom you'll find inside...
Envision, create, and believe in your own universe, and the universe will form around you.This was a great piece of advice that Tony got from someone at a moment when he needed it most, and it really stuck with him. Hearing these words really inspired him to continue his journey and reach his goals, and I think it really has a great impact. It's just one of the many lines that have stuck with me, and I will definitely keep this great quote in mind.
If Optimal Optimist had a "parent blog", it would probably be written by those at Zappos. So many of the ideals, lessons, and beliefs that I try to share with you everyday through this blog are a part of the Zappos culture, so I hope I too am "delivering happiness" just as Tony and Zappos do. I was amazed at how many of my beliefs aligned with what I was reading in the book, and it was so inspiring to read the "rags to riches" tale of this awesome company.
To read what others have to say about the book, learn more about the Delivering Happiness Movement, and of course, to get your hands on a copy, go to the book's website or Amazon.