While I applaud Tony's desire to narrate his own book, I don't think the audio could be much more boring. It was hard to slog through for that reason alone.
Otherwise, I thought his writing was very good and he expressed himself and his company well. May be the case where you should read it rather than listen to it.
BTW - I listened to this to hear about the Zappos culture and see if there was anything we could incorporate into our business and there was plenty. What I got most was the need to do one thing and try your damndest to be the best at it. Zappos just decided to pick the coolest concept and then aced it.
Worth Listing To!
Tony... It's his life of Creating Success
The Realness of his life
Way to go Tony :) Great book.
Interests in Design/Engineering, Architecture, & History
Here's the bottom line, I enjoy business books and memoirs to hear about people's struggle and wisdom and how they achieved their goals. As a result of these books, I'm inspired, and I approach my day with more confidence and feel-goodness.
This book doesn't deliver. You won't feel inspired, like you should "go out and and get 'em", you won't really learn anything new, and you'll be surprised there's a long section on how to play poker popping up in the middle about a book presumably about Zappos.
This book treads between the worlds of not supplying enough information or story when it is needed, and then going off topic on threads that really shouldn't be in the book in the first place. For example, when starting and selling his first business to Microsoft for 260+million, there could be more information on the business itself, how it ran, what it was like, but instead, it's over in less than a few minutes, and hey, he's a millionaire. Then a long rambling section on how to play poker??? Even if it's helpful, even if it's true, if I wanted to read a book on how Tony Hsieh plays poker, I would be looking for a book called Delivering Poker Chips by Tony Hsieh. In this book it just sticks out like narcissistic rambling.
Didn't make it that far
Yes!!! Tony's voice was very boring and monotone and did not engage me as a listener.
Yes, search for a better book for entrepreneurs.
Tony's stories about his childhood lemonade stands and other ventures did not inspire me at all. I wanted to learn more about Zappos' amazing supply chain and business model, not about a typical asian-american upbringing in America.
I am not an avid book reader. I try. But I have a stack of awesome books that are half read sitting on my bedside table hoping to be absorbed by osmosis. Tony Hsiesh's Delivering Happiness was different. This was my first audio book and I listed to it daily in my office as I started my day. Some days I made mindless things up so I could concentrate more on Tony's intense and brilliant words that were so easy to relate to - I felt like I could have been one of his best friends hanging out in that Party Loft. That would have been me...and I would have been one of the friends just wanting to help get him started.
I just am blown away at the simplicity, humbleness, love for his people, core values, company culture, and finding the truth about HAPPINESS from Tony. I'm sad for the book to be over, but will start over on Monday until I can feel that same passion from within without having to even think about it. It won't be exactly a Zappos company...nor do I want it to be, but it will be a little bit weird, a little bit fun while delivering WOW through service.
Tony Hsiesh - blown away by you and want to hang out and drink some cold beers with you.
You are one incredibly awesome man.
I guess when he left Microsoft and he realized -
"I had decided to stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion"
The Rave: (I've so been in this exact moment)
the music was moving through everyone - it was the heartbeat that radiated and flowed through everyone at once.
PLUR: Peace Love Unity Respect - mantra for life - Approach a stranger and get to genuinely know them
YES YES YES YES YES
gifting this to biz partner and my director of marketing. Inspiring, yet funny, easy to listen to and just awesome.
I enjoyed the first half, the story of how Mr Hsieh was raised, started his first company and how Zapos started. The second half starts in with the "Zapos Culture" BS. Huge sales pitch, bunch of "corporate climate" crap (aka, how to get your employees to work harder without paying them more).
No. His story is told, and that's all he has.
Written and narrated like he is talking to a friend, Tony Hsieh engages from the moment he starts. Honest, humble and humorous, it highlights a number of valuable lessons learnt by Tony from childhood till now, that would be valuable to anyone, but especially aspiring entrepreneurs.
You will really get to feel like you know Tony Hsieh through the audio. It makes the story and its lessons 'sticky'.
This book would make a great gift too, as I suspect its appeal would be quite wide.