The Audio Book “Delivering Happiness” by Tony Hsieh, the CEO of Zappos.com has many great insights, ideas and messages for entrepreneurs as well as regular employees. Since I am a Project Management Professional, I picked this book up with the purpose of gaining at least 3 Do’s that I can apply to my current job. So, the 3 Do’s that I mention are important for my situation and I am sure many people will find totally different Dos from this book based on their unique situation.
- Do Build Great Relationships: Tony Hsieh’s idea of building relationships is to first connect and have a great time with folks he comes across. The intention is not to grow his network to be benefitted but just to have loads of fun. If these relationships turn out into some business dealings later then it is just an after effect and not the initial purpose. Since our happiness is also dependent on the breadth and depth of our relationships, building these on the platform of fun is better than on the platform of benefit.
- Do Align Culture: Most companies have a culture and the culture is more often accidental rather than planned. So, there is a good chance that not everyone is aligned to the company culture which causes many employee misfits to live in a world that they have stumbled into. Classic case of living in a Dilbert World. On a personal level, understanding the culture of the company and figuring out whether one is in alignment with the company culture is critical to one’s happiness. So, for a new company plan out the culture from the start. For a new employee find the company whose culture fits you rather than the other way around.
- Do Plan Long Term: . If you want to achieve something in life then get to the root cause by asking a bunch a “WHYs”. The final answer would be “Happiness”. There is happiness that is short-lived when you get something or get somewhere. There is happiness that is long-lasting when you have a life purpose. Most folks plan for attaining the happiness that is short-lived and then go for the long-lasting one if time permits. Tony suggests the other way around. Go for your purpose in life which will bring you long lasting happiness and while you are on that path you can pick up the short term ones.
All in all a great book from a person who has proven himself by having it all – profits, passion and purpose. To me, Tony’s success in putting the theory of happiness into practice adds so much credibility to this book.
So, check it out.