Jenn Lim, CEO of Delivering Happiness, book recommendation
When Jenn Lim pitched her new book “Beyond HappinessShe thought that she would talk about her decade-long tenure as CEO at Delivering Happiness. This business consulting company she founded to support companies in building happier and more sustainable employees based on science-backed happiness research.
Nobody, not even she, could have predicted the impact the coronavirus epidemic would have on daily life, work, and personal lives in the coming months. While she was updating companies like Airbnb to address the global crisis, her close friend and cofounder Tony Hsieh died unexpectedly in November 2020. Tony Hsieh is a larger-than life leader who was best known as the CEO of Zappos.
Lim said that one book helped her get through the grief and she is grateful for it.
Lim tells CNBC Make ItShe recommends that everyone read “The Beginning of Your Career”, especially for those in the early stages of their careers.Inward,” a collection of poetry, quotes, and proseWritten by Diego Perez, a writer, speaker, and meditator who went by the name “yung pueblo” which roughly translates to “young people”.
This collection, published 2017 by the University of California Press, explores “the transition from self-love into unconditional love and the power to let go. It also includes wisdom about the journey to understanding ourselves. The book serves to remind the reader that freedom, healing and transformation are possible.
Lim says the text is concise and simple and that it “timely” for anyone who’s young (literally young) or wants to be young forever in their minds and hearts.
Lim has witnessed the healing power of grief and loss in her own life, as well as her professional work as a happiness specialist. According to Lim, the global reset of humanity has made it clear that people want to see scientifically happy through the eyes of their grief and loss. “It was a reminder of the fact that not only are our highs important, but so is our lowest points.”
Lim was also able to connect with yung peblo’s themes on discovering self and authenticity. This is because of how her work aims at helping individuals find happiness in themselves and their work.
“Where we are now, there’s no longer work-life separation or even balance — it’s work-life integration,” Lim says. She refers to the millennials as well as gen Z. “It’s amazing seeing how this next-generation is looking at everything in simple, yet very grounded and spiritual ways.”
“Ultimately at night,” she says, “what other purpose are we here for than to be authentic and to the spirit within us?” That is to be authentic to ourselves and to assist others.
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