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Delivering Happiness

If you aren’t familiar with Zappos.com’s  CEO, Tony Hsieh, congratulations, you probably don’t have a shoe buying problem!  I have been a fan of the company since it’s inception but it wasn’t until I saw Mr. Hseih’s interview on The Oprah Winfrey Show that I started to learn more about his story.

In his book, Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose, Hseish pens a great book detailing how and he got to where he is today.  It’s not a blueprint for becoming a millionaire, it’s more of him sharing the business lessons he has learned threw life. It’s an inside peek into the sometimes terrifying steps in opening your own company and maintaining your sanity.

I am usually not comfortable with pulling business theories and applying it to love and relationships but sometimes, there really are concepts that lends itself to the same themes that could be helpful.  For example, one chapter says, “For individuals, character is destiny. For organizations, culture is destiny” That’s good, right!?  Then the obvious, easier said then done business theme: “Build open and honest relationships with communication.  We believe that openness and honesty make for the best relationships because that leads to trust and faith.”  Here here! This can definitely be applied to our love lives.

I think my favorite part was when the book talks about 3 great concepts: Be Adventurous. Be Creative. Be Open-minded. I am convinced that these are the main ingredients in the recipe for Delivering Dating Happiness!

What other business concepts do you think translate well to relationships and love?

How can single people become more adventurous, creative, and open-minded?

To make things a little interesting, let’s vote on the best comment of the day! Answer any question as many times as you want. At 4:00 come back and tell us who you think should win the free copy of Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits and Purpose!

Winner to be selected on Friday!

Good luck!

322 comments Add your comment

Lady J-Wednesday Lover

June 16th, 2010
8:04 am

Good Morning Good People!!!!!!

Goooooooo Lakers!!!!!!!!!!!

OK, let me read this topic again……lol!

Wind Down Wed.

June 16th, 2010
8:04 am

Wise Diva

June 16th, 2010
8:07 am

Good morning sunshines!

LOL @ Lady J. @Wind Down Wed. OMG @ That song!! Lyfe Jennings has the best song lyrics EVER

Lady J-Wednesday Lover

June 16th, 2010
8:08 am

hmmmm dating as a business…..most or some won’t feel obligated to be a business partner…..when I think of business I think of investments too….hmmmm let me continue to ponder as I start this day…..boy I am glad IT’S A NEW DAY!

Happy Hump Day!

Lady J-Wednesday Lover

June 16th, 2010
8:09 am

*waving @ Miss Wise Diva baby* you ROCK CHICA!!!!! ;)

Kym-So easy a 6 Year-old could do it.

June 16th, 2010
8:12 am

Good Morning All,

Okay before I answer the question..Wisey.. you need to fix your post..At 4:00 come back and tell us who you think she win the free copy of Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits and Purpose!

Winner to be selected on Friday!

I am not one to correct anyone’s spelling.but err.. if you use the word she..then the assumption can be made that winner has already been selected.

Now on to the question.

What other business concepts do you think translate well to relationships and love?

I don’t look at this as a business concept but my favorite Habit and the one I have the hardest time with from Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits for Highly Effective People is: Habit 5.
“Seeking First to Understand then to be Understood.”

In all relationships we all want to have our say and get the other person(partner, friend, etc..) to understand where we are coming from. Because we are so focused on our point(s)..our true feelings and intentions can get lost in translation. “And that’s when the fight starts.” If we take the time to understand the other person’s point of view..then it’s possible to figure out true issues and find the common ground needed to make the relationship work.

Wind Down Wed.

June 16th, 2010
8:13 am

Good Morning Diva! Yep..great lyrics!

sexyCOOL

June 16th, 2010
8:16 am

What other business concepts can be applied to relationships?

Caveat emptor.

sexyCOOL

June 16th, 2010
8:16 am

What other business concepts can be applied to relationships?

Caveat emptor.

czBrat

June 16th, 2010
8:24 am

GM All!

ditto Kym ….. and please fix how and he got to , and learned threw life, and easier said then done while you’re at it. any others? cuz i got irked and stopped reading.

HiYa Lady J. i’m still shooting for next friday. been busy but haven’t forgotten :wink:

czBrat

June 16th, 2010
8:25 am

LOL @ SexyC. you get my vote NOW! :lol:

Wind Down Wed.

June 16th, 2010
8:27 am

Think & Grow Rich-A Concept Every Entrepreneur Should Know

DECISION & PERSISTENCE-You must make a decision to act and go forward at any cost and back that decision with persistence that will not recognize defeat. Quitters never win and winners never quit. Wishing and hoping while important will not make you successful.

In a successful relationship there must be drive and commitment!

Lady J-Wednesday Lover

June 16th, 2010
8:28 am

cool beans czBrat the date is on my calendar!!!!! I have your back!!! I know you have much on your plate!!!! Continue to hold it down for your family! ~One Love~

Kym-So easy a 6 Year-old could do it.

June 16th, 2010
8:29 am

Okay one more and then I am done..the only other “business concept I can think of that I like is..”Who Moved my cheese.”

I think the idea of life as a big Maze is soooo true..and relationshis can be mazes..so if your partner moves the cheese of if life events(loss job, kids, money issues..whatever.) causes the cheese in your life to move..then the relationship has to be flexible enough to deal with the movement of the cheese(no potty jokes please) I mean both partners have to adapt to the change or go to neutral corners of the maze never to cross paths again.

Lady J-Wednesday Lover

June 16th, 2010
8:29 am

good post WDW!!!!!!!!!!!

DECISION & PERSISTENCE-You must make a decision to act and go forward at any cost and back that decision with persistence that will not recognize defeat. Quitters never win and winners never quit. Wishing and hoping while important will not make you successful.

In a successful relationship there must be drive and commitment!

REPOST!!!!

Kym-So easy a 6 Year-old could do it.

June 16th, 2010
8:30 am

ohh czbrat I was not being picky..I am the worse speller..I just figured the use of she implies a winner will be female.

Wise Diva

June 16th, 2010
8:33 am

thanks for the heads up! I fixed it, definitely a typo not a freudian slip haha!

Dan - simply...

June 16th, 2010
8:39 am

Good morning,

Caveat emptor – nice one cool.

The history behind that phrase has much to do with dating. As the translation says, “buyer beware”; which would suggest being mindful of the motives of the seller.

DK recieved props the other day for being truthful and honest with himself and the person he was seeing(and he should have), both are rarities. Being honest in our dealings with others and with ourselves would alleviate the need for the “buyer [to be aware]“.

Of course, the world being what it is – being true to self is as best as we can do.

Lady J-Wednesday Lover

June 16th, 2010
8:44 am

What other business concepts do you think translate well to relationships and love? “This is business” hmmmmm again….somewhere I am not connecting dating and business….maybe because the mind games I have experienced are overshadowing the concept as a whole……who knows……

How can single people become more adventurous, creative, and open-minded? The foundation has to be laid….honesty and being open minded to explore below that surface stuff……geesh….dating can be so simple but it is so twisted by the players (both sexes)….the true value of it has been distorted….I am not hopeless with the concept it has just been a difficult area for me….far from giving up just stepping back more and more and observing and assessing the characters…..in the meantime checking J as well……

Jucee

June 16th, 2010
8:46 am

Good morning everyone have a great day..GO LAKERS :)

Lady J-Wednesday Lover

June 16th, 2010
8:48 am

I am climbing Stone Mountain Saturday!!!! Wow I am embracing this mission…..I am nervous….I need a new pair of sneakers….and some cool activewear….whew……I am anticpating the end results…..

Rell - yoni master

June 16th, 2010
8:50 am

Try not to become a man of success but rather
to become a man of value.
—Albert Einstein

Lady J-Wednesday Lover

June 16th, 2010
8:51 am

When I mentioned investments earlier I was talking about ime….most singles are selfish folks and their time is just that…..you get in where you fit in but on the other hand when one wants you to be apart it is not even a thought to make you apart or them wanting to be there just because……hmmmmmm

Lady J-Wednesday Lover

June 16th, 2010
8:52 am

Time that is…..lol

Professor

June 16th, 2010
8:55 am

Hola!

There are lot business theories, functions and practices out there that one could correlate to a relationship. In fact, many of the business theories and functions originated from the behavioral science that tackles human relationships and interaction. Just look at the Pygmalion Theory and the self-fulfilling prophecy. Its used in business, but the concept came from mythology.

1. I would start with the very core of management and that is the function of management (planning, organizing, leading and controlling). We have these areas in our relationships whether we want to believe it or not. Planning is merely defining goals, “what do you want in this relationship…booty call or a solid future.” Organizing is building a dynamic relationship and using your resources to do so. Resources meaning your experience, charm etc. Controlling is monitoring the relationship and being open to make changes and sacrifices as needed in the relationship. Leading is using communication and aspiration to inspire your partner or speak life into them. These functions are purely business, but as you can see they can be used.

2. We have Outsourcing in relationships aka cheating. That is moving responsibilities from your primary SO to your secondary players.

Ok, I am done teaching. I need some $$$ if I say anything else.

free to be (F2B)

June 16th, 2010
8:57 am

hey, everyone. love is my business. i’ll sit back, read and let the intellectual folks handle this one…lol.

@ladyj…you go girl!:) so proud of you! if you need me to, i will walk w/you. just let me know, i don’t mind. you know we people! lol

Leggs

June 16th, 2010
8:57 am

Good morning ~ have to say this first…..LAKERS PUT A TEAM BEATDOWN ON THE CELTICS (yeah, I watched the game).

Taking a page out of PoppaG’s book, I like when he said marriage/relationships should be conducted like a business venture. In essence, keep your business/marriage afloat with attention to detail, respect, creativity and love for what you do/who you’re with, and everything will be smooth sailing.

@LadyJ ~ you also will need a lot of water. Climbing the mountain is fun, esp coming back down. You get loads of encouragement going up from those coming down!

Professor

June 16th, 2010
8:57 am

Hey Lady J and czBrat!!

WDW I am really enjoying your posts.

free to be (F2B)

June 16th, 2010
8:58 am

hey professor, czBrat, Dan, and the whole morning crew!:)

Lady J-Wednesday Lover

June 16th, 2010
8:59 am

F2B I do details to come shortly……

thanks leggs for the tips and encouragement!!!

hey professor!

Lady J-Wednesday Lover

June 16th, 2010
9:00 am

look @ professor TEACHING this hot morning!!!!!! LMBAO

pupil is taking notes! LMBAO!

Professor

June 16th, 2010
9:02 am

Hey F2B!!!

@Lady J you can do it. I wish I could join you, but I am going to be tied up Saturday morning. I know you will make it up there.

Lady J-Wednesday Lover

June 16th, 2010
9:03 am

LAKERS PUT A TEAM BEATDOWN ON THE CELTICS REPOST!!!!!!! LOL

yall I am trying to be realistic but I came across a pic of me in ‘99 and was like WOW chica……so I know I am about to buckle down and handle it cause yeah J still got it…..bout to rock with it and roll with it and walk, walk, walk, and elimniate that addiction of drinking COKE! geesh!

Lady J-Wednesday Lover

June 16th, 2010
9:04 am

professor give me a sceond too and thanks chica…..

Lady J-Wednesday Lover

June 16th, 2010
9:06 am

ok leggs I like Poppa’s assessment….and with this topic I thought more of the marriage side of it….I guess if you been there you think of that first…..now that is a great way to be a business partner…..the foolishness isn’t there on that dating level you are on a whole new level with your partner…..

Lady J-Wednesday Lover

June 16th, 2010
9:08 am

Ok, I am done teaching. I need some $$$ if I say anything else….lmbao….would you have said anything differently honey!!!!???!!! too funny!

For Real (In A Sentimental Mood)

June 16th, 2010
9:18 am

What other business concepts can be applied to relationships? – Don’t get high off your own supply!!!

Off Topic: I’m selling my fan support for game 7 for some beer and a 20 piece. So if you Lakers and/or Celtic fan in need of some fan support for game 7 hit me up. Example of my fandom:

Lakers Fan:
For Real: Nate Robinson is an E-moo!
Nate Robinson: (In pinocchio’s voice) I’m BOY!

Celtic Fan:
For Real: Put Lamont Odoms in the game!

Lamar Odom: Hey my name ain’t Lamont!

Lady J-Wednesday Lover

June 16th, 2010
9:18 am

for real hot mess! LOL

Mr_NYC

June 16th, 2010
9:19 am

I’m with Kym on the book choice.
I like BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND
Start out heading in the direction you want to end up and have the goal in front of you.
Vocalize it, manifest it by your actions — this of course, requires straight up honesty and leaving the representative home right from the jump.
But who knows, the results may be a pleasant surprise. Now that indeed, is adventurous.

For Real (Not So Sleepy)

June 16th, 2010
9:24 am

What other business concepts can be applied to relationships? – Don’t hold-it, roll-it

For Real (While My Lady Sleeps)

June 16th, 2010
9:26 am

What other business concepts can be applied to relationships? – Don’t hide-it, divide-it.

Lady J-Wednesday Lover

June 16th, 2010
9:29 am

You can be a great partner with the right partner that is for you…..it can be a beautiful thing and couples out there are sustaining for forever….I’m a believer!

Luvbug

June 16th, 2010
9:29 am

I like “For individuals, character is destiny. For organizations, culture is destiny”, but I’m not completely sold on “be adventurous, creative, and open-minded”.

I am more of the mind that you should be “you” because some people are naturally (comfortably) not adventurous, creative or open-minded and they need matches too…and there’s a range that can be applied to each of those categories that people weave in and out of.

It may help to have a similar level of understanding and tolerance about what each considers adventurous, creative and open-minded. If not, you may be in for a lot of arguing or ignoring each other…e.g. this blog.

Professor

June 16th, 2010
9:29 am

Random I can get my vm to play on my iphone. I know it is me. I have a difficult time remembering how to replay a message on this thing. :evil:

abc

June 16th, 2010
9:29 am

I have to read business and leadership books fairly regularly. I find them to be rather droll. Make up a few catch phrases that barely make sense, flesh them out a bit with flaky rationale.

See, business concepts support business interests, and the only real purpose of business is to make money. Relationship concepts regarding romantic attachments will hopefully come from a different mindset. If you think that business concepts apply to pursuit of romantic relationships, would you also think the reverse is true? Because, it plainly isn’t true.

Luvbug

June 16th, 2010
9:31 am

Don’t get high off your own supply!!!

Now that’s wrong, but right LOL

PrincessNik

June 16th, 2010
9:31 am

Good Morning

^5 Professor, for a minute i had a flashback of sitting in Business Managment 101 :shock:

I think if people apply the same efforts to their relationships that they apply to their career their could be some great results.

PrincessNik

June 16th, 2010
9:32 am

Lady J-Wednesday Lover

June 16th, 2010
9:33 am

hmmmm pk but does money and career status overshadow the relationship effort part……

Professor

June 16th, 2010
9:34 am

Hey PK, you are correct lady. That is the first day of BUS/101 :wink:

Now, day two will be a pop quiz, I don’t say all of that stuff to hear myself speak…lol