On our way home from the Sema Show in Las Vegas, my friend and our companies president, Jeff Vanlaningham gave me a gift. It was no ordinary gift. This gift was the book, Delivering Happiness– A Path To Profits, Passion and Purpose, written by Tony Hsieh, the CEO of Zappos.com.
We had previously toured Zappos in 2009 and were definately “wow’ed” by the experience. Jeff knew I was a Zappos fan and it was the perfect gift.
Needless to say, I devoured the book. The only regret is that it pushed my bride’s patience button several times because of my determined zeal to read the book without putting it down much. Wow, just loved it. It is another, what I like to call a “we” book. A great deal of business books are “I” books. A “we” book is a book that is about helping “us” growth and has a much higher purpose than individual success. This book is a game, mind and spirit changer.
Whether your desire is to improve personally, professionally or both, this book is a first hand account that demonstrates what happens when you have a humble leader with passion and purpose, armed with the information and experience from books like “Good to Great”, “Tribal Leadership” & “The Happiness Hypothesis” and then add driving principles that come before anything, even profits. So, just get it, read it and light some candles.
In my zeal to pass on the good word, I broke a few rules. Bought 3 copies multiple times (because amazon was limiting customers to 3 books per order). After placing daily orders for a week or so, my next mission was to started handing them out like candy to friends, family and co-workers. Each day I would receive 3 books, I would add this message “Hi (name), Please read this book. Enjoy and Pass it on, Scott”. It is amazing to see the inspiration in peoples eye’s after reading it.
The book’s epilogue ends with a quote. “Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared”. -Buddha.
Thank you Tony Hsieh for lighting some candles. Our company, RealTruck.com, is lit up. Tony is on my “It would be super cool to meet him someday list”. Until then, I’ll just have to keep watching his good works.
Below is a video of Tony speaking at a Google headquarters about his book. It’s 55 minutes long and well worth the time. Enjoy and Pass it on.