Review: Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh

Down and Dirty: 4 out of 5

Half inspiration, half entertainment, Tony’s book keeps you engaged the entire ride.

Think starting and running a company is all guts and glory? Think again. Tony’s book documenting his success starts with what is a great milestone in Zappos’ history – and then falls all the way back. Back… to a failed worm farm.

The messages and insights in this book aren’t listed in bullet points but instead embedded in to story of Tony’s life from his childhood, to college life to LinkShare to Zappos. He includes all the failures, all the net results (both good and bad) and keeps the entire book extremely human.

Delivering Happiness discusses both the core values of Zappos and how they came into being, as well as when values failed in other companies. It’s a delightful tale of imperfection, striving for growth and meaning, and finally success.

This is a breeze-read you won’t mind listening to a few times on audio-book format for sure. It’s like a long conversation one-on-one and implants the ideas of success without being preachy or holier-than-thou.

An excellent read for any entrepreneur wondering how companies become “over-night successes”.

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