Monthly Archives: January 2012

Book Review: “Delivering Happiness” by Tony Hsieh

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:)

A New Year and an Old Baby

Happy 2012 to all!  We rang in the new year with a quiet evening at home with Dave’s brother and his family last night – and admittedly, I didn’t quite make it to midnight.  Something about knowing I would be getting up with my now – GASP! – 6 month old in the wee hours of the morning motivated me to nod off sometime shortly after the ball dropped in NYC.

That’s right – our little Logan is now a whopping 6 months old.  And he has a constant river of drool spilling out of his mouth.  People keep telling me that he’s probably going to cut a tooth soon, but the drool started shortly after his arrival back in July, so I don’t put much stock in those claims.

Here are some snapshots of our sweet Logan at 6 months old: