For this week's Summer Reading, we look at an entertaining -- even hilarious -- book on what it takes to succeed in business and make lots of money, without necessarily having to work on Wall Street.
In Delivering Happiness, Tony Hsieh writes about his interesting career journey -- from operating a primitive mail-order buttons business to building an online store selling shoes. Ever heard of Zappos? Amazon ( AMZN) just acquired it last year for a whopping $1.2 billion.
The book reads a lot like a journal (complete with entries from business partners and emails sent to co-workers), but Hsieh is quick to point out that Delivering Happiness is not a history book on Zappos nor is it his complete autobiography. While he writes a lot about how he made his first million and how he kept on growing his wealth, Hsieh focuses on the mistakes he made along the way -- some of them, really big ones. Like the time he dabbled in day-trading, putting money in stocks he knew nothing about. Or the time he invested in a forgettable movie in which he played a cameo role.