Delivering Happiness By Tony Hsieh

Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh, Zappos CEO, Online shoe store, the well-known customer service, and creating happy culture.

Creating culture in business is not a new concept. As the book, Good to Great, mentioned, people are the keys to bring your business from being good to be great. That’s why good companies care about company culture and try to make it better. We are not only talking about creating fun culture like #happyfridayhours, pingpong table, beers, breakfast bar, unlimited vacation (we all love that!) but more than just recreational, think about fundamental needs and fullfil the needs.

It’s inspiring what delivering happiness creates and tries to achieve.

1. Creating a concept ‘Happy working culture’ and more

As one research said, more than 85% people in the US go to work because they have to. We spend most of productive hours at work but if we have to spend it in vain… It’s a big loss for ourselves and company. Creating happy culture makes employees are happy to do their work so that influences on work productivity, all pluses for business side.

DHB Framework

2. Global Movement : building inspiring communities, providing education, resources, campaigns, speaking events, etc

Delivering happiness is a separate business, a startup that tries to make a global movement not only for Zappos but also for other companies to build inspiring communities, educate why happiness matters, speaking events all over the world. Whether it’s started as a profitable business model or from a pure purpose of delivering hapiness not, it’s a win-win business model.

3. Fun factor : las vegas project, festival, party bus, #lifeisbeautiful, #happyhunt

Art, music, food, inspirational speakers, happy people, what can be better than this?!! They are building an envious group of community and culture!

 

Conclusion : It’s a movement for creating happy work culture and inspiration. I admire the purpose and initiation and Look forward to seeing the progress and changes.

16 creative ways to make ramen

Per capita, South Koreans consume the greatest amount of instant noodles, ramen, 69 servings per year. -from wikipedia-

How many instant noodle, ramen do you eat every year? 69 serving means you are eating ramen at least once a week for a year and sometimes two times a week. When you eat ramen often, you better to be creative or you will easily get bored with the same ramen everyday.

I want to share secret recipe ’16 creative ways to make ramen’ from serious korean ramen eater.

He or She analyzed this for long time and post the ramen recipe.

1. Add sugar (1/2 spoon) per ramen

Believe it or not, this is big secret recipe from the ramen lover’s favorite local store’s owner

2. Add black pepper or (chopped) red pepper

I tried this and recommend it!

3. Add tofu 

Of course, you will feel good about having protein in your ramen and also the taste should be good but make sure to cook the tofu enough in the soup till it’s tender

4. Add perilla leaf (5-7 piece) or sea weed 

Some people get addicted to this perilla leaf! I personally love it too

5. Add a little vinegar

It suppose to add the ramen flavor

6. Add *seasoned egg

Whisk egg, salt, sesame oil, pepper and add the egg on the edge of ramen pot so that the egg will spread out throughly when the ramen is almost done. Don’t add the egg too early that makes it too hard or too late that makes the egg too raw.

7. Add garlic

Like garlic pasta, add minced garlic in the beginning of cooking.

8. Add cheese on the top of ramen when it’s almost cooked. It’s better to eat it with noodle like pizza than make cheese flavor soup (so, don’t whirl it with soup).

9. Use different soup

If you have left over soup (not a creamy one, hmm maybe creamy one would work too), add it to your ramen soup.

10. Add coffee a little if there’s fishy smell

I never had fishy smell in my ramen before but if you have one, add a little coffee powder. It removes the fishy smell from ramen.

11.Add tabasco sauce

Yeah, it add some delicious flavor

12. Use anchovy soup

In Korea, Anchovy commonly is used when they make soup or small dishes. It’s simple to make it. In boiling water, add dried anchovy (5-6 pieces) and boil it for 10 min. Afterward, take the anchovy out and use the soup as your ramen soup instead of water

13. Don’t whirl egg in the soup

This makes your soup messy. You can’t taste the clean ramen soup taste but somewhat eggy and it’s not delicious.

14. Milk or soy milk

You can add milk when the ramen is almost done or cook the ramen with milk instead of water. It sounds weird and can’t really picture it but surprisingly, this one tastes good. If you like, you can add soy milk as well.

15. ssamjang (*it’s Korean miso based paste mixed with red pepper paste and other spices)

This got the highest rate from one Korean tv show!

16. Make it chewy

When the ramen noodle is not completely cooked, cover the lid and put the fire out for 1 min. and it’s ready to serve!

Lots of thanks to the korean ramen lover who share the precious recipe! 🙂

2014 Lessons Learned

2015 starts tomorrow. Looking back now at some of 2014 lessons learned I begin to see where i’m headed.

2014 has been the year for big life changes and exploring the possiblilities ahead of me. Just some big events include moving to Brooklyn and getting married in Maui. Wow. I like big life events – milestones that occur only once. I am hoping, whatever happens in the future, every year I will achieve as many of these milestones as I have in 2014.

Every year around this time, I have been somewhere different. Last year, I was in Del Ray, Florida. In 2012 I was in Shanghai, China. I found I like the change. I like todo something different. I like to be somewhere different. And, I like the moments I take to reflect, like right now writing this on the last day of 2014.

Thinking about my 2015 resolutions, I realize I am passionate about innovation – getting inspired by people, work, and seeig it in the end result, the product. That’s sth I need to keep in mind..

So many lessons learned in 2014 such as :

  1. Action should be taken when I have any idea (Just do it!)
  2. Open myself to others and get connected with good people
  3. Meditation and know myself more ‘what do I want in my life’, ‘what’s my mission’
  4. Strong belief in myself and stay positive
  5. If you have a problem, think about whether it’s right problem to figure out or wrong problem that dig a hole to deadend.

Towards to the end of this year, I really did what I learned and my life is already changing. I am connecting with good people, opening myself up to interesting opportunities, sharing with others the challenges I have, and asking for help when I need it.

I like what I’m doing; I’m going to do more in 2015. One more thing I learned is my goals can change shape, but the vision – what I stand for – won’t. It is very important I keep reminding myself to strive, to struggle, and close in on where I want to go.

without action, the world would still be an idea

2015, I’m going to live with this reflection in mind.

 

Feeling good.. 🙂

 

 

 

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