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The Business of Happiness: 6 Secrets to Extraordinary Success in Life and Workby Ted Leonsis
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Whats 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 earth—will I die happy?. . . and realized the answer was no. Despite having achieved massive business success—he was a self-made multi-millionaire at the age of twenty-seven—he 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 truth—business or financial success doesnt bring happiness, but happiness can bring you business and financial success.
Inside The Business of Happiness, youll 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 owner—and the lessons learned along
* What was on Teds list—and what should be on yours
Nothing is more universal than the desire to be happy. Ted Leonsis has made a lifetimes study of that desire and how to achieve it—and now he wants to share what hes learned with you. The Business of Happiness will show you how to become the happy, successful, and generous person youve always wanted to be.
According to Albert Schweitzer, "Happiness is the key to success." Here, Leonsis, a business, sports, and media mogul, proves Schweitzer's point, explaining that success may or may not make one happy, but happiness will almost always make one more successful.
Praise for The Business of Happiness
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 Teds belief in happiness and success. I buy into it completely, and it really works; I believe Teds book can help you become MVP in your life, at work, and at home.”
— Alex Ovechkin, two-time NHL Most Valuable Player—Washington Capitals
Ted Leonsis has one of the most creative minds in business. His insights on business, career planning, and how to succeed in todays 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
Teds 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 theres a good chance youll get something even more valuable—his outlook on life.”
—Chris Wallace, FOX News
Ted Leonsis is absolutely correct that money cant buy you happiness, but it can buy you Teds book, which will bring you happiness—and success.”
—LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
Albert Schweitzer said, Happiness is the key to success.” In The Business of Happiness, Ted Leonsis—business, sports, and media mogul—proves Schweitzers point, explaining that success may or may not make you happy, but happiness will almost always make you more successful. Through research studies, personal stories, and anecdotal evidence from celebrities, famous athletes, and influential businessmen, Ted reveals the six secrets to achieving true happiness—and how they make success almost inevitable. Showing people exactly how they can apply the six secrets to their work, at home, and in their personal lives, Leonsis also reveals how some of the most successful and happy people today—Bono, Michael Jordan, Steve Case—have put these secrets into practice for themselves. Dynamic, inspiring, and unique, The Business of Happiness proves that anyone can be more successful and happier, including you.
About the Author
Ted Leonsis is an Internet industry pioneer who helped build AOL into a global phenomenon. He is a serial entrepreneur who has built and sold multiple successful businesses over three decades, culminating with the recent sale of Revolution Money to American Express. He owns the NHLs Washington Capitals and other sports properties. He is an award-winning producer of documentaries, and the founder and chairman of SnagFilms. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, and later, Lowell, Massachusetts, he now lives in McLean, Virginia, and Vero Beach, Florida, with his wife and two children.
John Buckley is the author of the novels Family Politics and Statute of Limitations. He has held senior positions in three U.S. presidential campaigns, and has been the top communications executive at companies including AOL, where for six years he worked closely with Ted Leonsis. He is currently managing director of The Harbour Group, a strategic communications firm, and lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and son.
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