The Business of Happiness: 6 Secrets to Extraordinary Success in Life and Work Hardcover – Feb 9 2010
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As Ted shows, the happier the company, the more successful it can become.”
Maria Shriver, author, journalist, First Lady of California
A happy team can be a winning team. It is all about following Ted’s belief in happiness and success. I buy into it completely, and it really works; I believe Ted’s book can help you become MVP in your life, at work, and at home.”
Alex Ovechkin, two-time NHL Most Valuable PlayerWashington Capitals
Ted Leonsis has one of the most creative minds in business. His insights on business, career planning, and how to succeed in today’s 24/7 environment reflect the wisdom of a renaissance man. . . and in The Business of Happiness, he is your personal guide.”
Ken Chenault, CEO and Chairman, American Express Company
Ted’s successful path to happiness in life, from the mean streets of Brooklyn to AOL executive to philanthropist, moved him to share his story and his way. Do yourself a favor: read it and be inspired.”
Mitch Kapor, founder of Lotus Development Corporation and the Mozilla Foundation, which created the Firefox browser
This wonderful book is as bouncy, ebullient, energetic, and likeable as its author.”
Don Graham, CEO and chairman of the board, The Washington Post Company
Read this book. You may not end up with his life. But there’s a good chance you’ll get something even more valuablehis outlook on life.”
Chris Wallace, FOX News
Ted Leonsis is absolutely correct that money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you Ted’s book, which will bring you happinessand success.”
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
From the Inside Flap
What’s Your Plan For Happiness?
When the plane he was on prepared for a crash landing, Ted Leonsis asked himself the crucial question, If today is my last day on earthwill I die happy?. . . and realized the answer was no. Despite having achieved massive business successhe was a self-made multi-millionaire at the age of twenty-sevenhe realized he would die unfulfilled. He told God that if he survived, he would turn his life around, give back more than he took, and pursue happiness. After walking off that plane, he got to work.
In The Business of Happiness, Ted Leonsis, owner of the Washington Capitals and former group president and vice chairman of AOL, shares the six secrets of happiness he discovered since that fateful plane ride. Treating happiness as a goal like any other, he made a list of what he thought would make him happy, and made a plan to achieve his goals. Along the way he discovered an incredible truthbusiness or financial success doesn’t bring happiness, but happiness can bring you business and financial success.
Inside The Business of Happiness, you’ll learn, as Ted did:
* How success follows happiness (not the other way around)
* The importance of having a double bottom line”and how you really can do well by doing good
* The key to finding your own higher calling
* Why you should have a life plan for happiness, just as an entrepreneur has a business plan to launch and sustain a business
* The six essential secrets that lead to happiness and success
* How Ted lived his journey from a Brooklyn kid to sports team franchise ownerand the lessons learned along
* What was on Ted’s listand what should be on yours
Nothing is more universal than the desire to be happy. Ted Leonsis has made a lifetime’s study of that desire and how to achieve itand now he wants to share what he’s learned with you. The Business of Happiness will show you how to become the happy, successful, and generous person you’ve always wanted to be.
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The book is composed of two, equally important parts.
The first part of the book consists mainly of anecdotes about Ted’s life and his successful, creative businesses where, among other things, he stresses the importance of a company to be loved, rather than being needed. Part one sets the tone in a way that fills you with enthusiasm, prompting the reader to start a journey of his/her own quest for happiness.
The second part of the book is more of a hands-on segment, where you start by writing your own Life List of goals which you believe, when achieved, will contribute to your fulfillment and happiness. I found that in the very process of sorting through what’s really important to me, I was able to have clarity of purpose, and realized that some items on my list were already accomplished – and this made me happy. I was also able to acknowledge unconscious desires that would have not come to light otherwise. Ted Leonsis carefully , dissects and explains each of the 6 tenets he credits to be the essential building blocks for happiness: 1) Goal Setting; 2) Communities of Interest; 3) Personal Expression; 4) Gratitude; 5) Empathy Expressed by Giving Back; 6) Higher Calling.
A key concept, that success is a natural byproduct of being happy, and not the other way around is repeatedly acknowledged in this book. Although not a new notion for the students of this matter, it is an important reminder. I believe this book is another successful achievement of one of the founding fathers of the information age. I recommend this book to everybody, in particular to those who have had some reckoning in their lives – after all, in the author’s own words, “a crisis is a terrible thing to waste".
Ruth Washington-Cohen - Astoria, New York
There are 2 main parts to the book. The first starting with Ted's story and the second with the 6 principles outlined and dissected. Following Ted's blog I've read parts of his story but never the whole thing and found this really insightful and inspiring.
I loved the journey and how each new endeavor (business or charitable) lead to more insights and distinctions for Ted towards happiness. Starting with a list of 101 items it was instructive to see how `business-like' Ted started with this journey to happiness or what he thought would make him happy. I really like how he pointed out buying a Ferrari (which was on the list) was like an empty calorie and didn't have much meaning afterwards. But other items on the list had a tremendous impact on his happiness.
The life list is the first of 6 tenets of happiness as identified by Ted. 1) Life list. 2) Multiple Communities of Interest. 3) Finding Outlets for Self-Expression. 4) Gratitude. 5) Giving Back. 6) Higher Calling.
It's a great list to focus on and this was the first business book I've seen to mention "Higher Calling" and "Finding Outlets for Self Expression" to help with your happiness. I love that and totally believe in it!
Ted repeatedly warns readers that `over-indexing' in one facet of your life - business success - prevents you from being happy. It's in the variety and living a full life that happiness occurs as a by-product. And this is certainly a good roadmap for anybody who wants to get there and take a shortcut.
It starts with the proverbial life changing event -- an "almost" plane crash that forced him to confront the fact that had he died that day, he would not have died a happy man. Using tried and true business techniques (building a "bucket list" of sorts, although he doesn't call it that), he created a personal metric to both largely define and measure his progress towards being happy. He shows that happy people are successful people, not vice versa.
It's a delightful read, chock full of common sense. As one who took Ted's "Happiness Survey" on his blog ([...]), I couldn't wait to order his book, and have not been disappointed. Ted is honest, open, transparent and inspiring. You'll discover why Ted's been a huge success as the transformational owner of the NHL's leading hockey team. And for those of us in business, we will discover some not-so-secrets of his success, including humility, transparency, and respect for all. A must read for hockey fans and business leaders, especially aspiring ones.
I expected to learn tools, actions and steps from Leonsis about how to create happiness in one's life. I was sadly disappointed. The first half of the book is dedicated to the author's personal journey. The second half of the book is intended to offer tips to help create happy lives. However, in my opinion, the entire book is dedicated to self-acknowledgment, name-dropping and reliving his departure from AOL, from which he clearly still harbors resentment. Again, I don't question the fact that Leonsis is a fantastic person. I just wish he would've acknowledged that this book is an autobiography, not a personal development book written to help others.
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