What is your goal in life? When different people are asked this question they usually respond with different answers like “I want to start a company” or “find a soulmate” or “be healthy”. After you decide on your answer I have a follow up question. Why? When people are asked why, they go further along their thought process with something like “to be rich”, or “to have someone to laugh with” or “to live longer”. My follow up question to that is…why? The interesting thing is that if you ask very different people why enough times, they will all eventually get to the same answer: to be happy.
For a book that primarily focused on Zappos’s culture and explaining why it’s basically heaven, it did touch on some deep life questions. In the book, Delivering Happiness the author Tony Shie, CEO of Zappos, spoke about his experiences as an entrepreneur, gave us some insight into the brain of the leader of a multi-billion dollar online shoe store, and talked about his thoughts on life and happiness. The opening paragraph of this post is Tony’s thoughts on life, detailed toward the end of this book. Continue reading