I finally got around to finishing the book I started sometime in March 2011 on a recent business trip to New Jersey – there’s nothing like a good long flight for catching up on reading! It’s a great book and a fairly quick read, but it took me forever to get through because of Logan’s arrival and the kitchen renovation.
Love this book – I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good non-fiction title. Think self-help meets business case studies. I’m a sucker for these types of books. If you read and liked “Switch” (Heath Brothers) or “The Tipping Point” (Malcolm Gladwell), you’ll also enjoy Hseih’s “Delivering Happiness”. It’s essentially a history of Zappos.com as told through Tony’s eyes (the CEO of that infamous online shoe store), though there are quite a few side stories from Tony’s life mixed in to make it a really solid and entertaining read.
The ending of the book is what prompted me to write a blog post reviewing it – I was pleasantly surprised by the way Tony wrapped up his story about how Zappos came to be. He cleverly incorporated a short but impactful lesson on happiness and the science and psychology behind that state of mind we all strive to achieve. By doing this, he makes “Delivering Happiness” a book that will hit home with everyone from stay-at-home moms to CEOs. At the end of the day, we all want the same thing: sustained happiness. And this book successfully piqued my interest in the subject – I just might have to check out some of Tony’s other reading suggestions on happiness. And buy my next pair of shoes from www.zappos.com.