Book Giveaway Contest: Delivering Happiness

Being a “prominent blogger”, I have recently received two copies of Delivering Happiness, a business book written by Tony Hsieh, Zappos.com CEO, which was recently acquired by Amazon for $1B. I was asked by the author’s team to write a honest review of the book, and I am going to. But meanwhile, since I don’t really need two copies, I thought that it would be a good opportunity to set up my first ever giveaway contest 🙂

Since I get to set up the rules, here is what I came up with:

  1. Tell which my recent post you liked. Preferably link to it. Unrestrained praise is tolerated.
  2. Tell which is your favorite Moomins character and why you like it. This part can be written in Finnish.
  3. Since this is an exercise in social media, your response should be public, either as a comment, tweet, blog post, etc. Public toilets don’t count.
  4. The last submission date is on 24th of April in midnight.
  5. The lucky winner will be decided by fair dice roll.

That’s it, folks, the lines are now open. It’s your chance to take a historical part in breaking the record of 3 comments per post.

Update

After a tense contest week, full of surprises and twists, the results can be finally announced:

  1. This post generated a record number views (which means more than 100)
  2. Readers left 3 comments, 2 of each could be considered for the contest.
  3. Participant’s chances of winning were unbelievable 50%. This surely beats any lottery.
  4. And finally, the winner is….Gal (decided by toss of coin)

Thanks everyone for participating. Special greeting go to Boris for his surprising command of the Finnish language.

Gal, congratulations on winning. Please contact the administration (that’s me) to arrange prize delivery.

Thank you guys, and…. keep reading 🙂

szkolnik

19 Replies

  • Well well, given this is your first competition, I suggest we join hands and turn this into my first ever win. So lets roll up the sleeves and get down to it:

    So post wise, its the one about ShopJet http://mike.polischuk.net/2009/12/the-story-of-shopjet-so-far/ (Because its the kind of stuff I like reading – People summing up experiences for me)

    And I can finally put to use all those years of Finnish language study: Itse rakastan Muumi itse. Vastaava vielä hauskaa menossa. Hän on tarkka sellainen henkilö voittaa haasteen.

    PS. Before you start dice-rolling, give me a shout. I have a set of dice I have .. “prepared”.. for just such occasion.

  • Well well, given this is your first competition, I suggest we join hands and turn this into my first ever win. So lets roll up the sleeves and get down to it:

    So post wise, its the one about ShopJet http://mike.polischuk.net/2009/12/the-story-of-shopjet-so-far/ (Because its the kind of stuff I like reading – People summing up experiences for me)

    And I can finally put to use all those years of Finnish language study: Itse rakastan Muumi itse. Vastaava vielä hauskaa menossa. Hän on tarkka sellainen henkilö voittaa haasteen.

    PS. Before you start dice-rolling, give me a shout. I have a set of dice I have .. “prepared”.. for just such occasion.

  • 1 closer to getting towards your goal of three comments/post. I hope you enjoyed the book.

    I received my copy today but I also finished reading my advanced copy of “Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose” by Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh and it was truly inspirational while at the same time entertaining and “real” as Zappos may describe it.

    If any of your readers are interested after this giveaway ends, I am currently hosting a giveaway of one of my unread advanced copies of the book at http://thecliffgardner.com/?p=424. The giveaway ends May 15. So far, only four entries so you’re chances are pretty good. 😉

  • 1 closer to getting towards your goal of three comments/post. I hope you enjoyed the book.

    I received my copy today but I also finished reading my advanced copy of “Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose” by Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh and it was truly inspirational while at the same time entertaining and “real” as Zappos may describe it.

    If any of your readers are interested after this giveaway ends, I am currently hosting a giveaway of one of my unread advanced copies of the book at http://thecliffgardner.com/?p=424. The giveaway ends May 15. So far, only four entries so you’re chances are pretty good. 😉

  • Hi Mike,

    I’m glad to participate in your first giveaway contest, and I will also be very happy to win :-).

    Like Boris above I liked your coverage of ShopJet, it’s evolution at the startup weekend, the idea before, and the results at the end.

    But what I really like reading in your blog, is your personal take on the world, your expression of your own philosophy, and the dissection of the emotional and intellectual states you go through in the process of life.

    Of these I really liked Birthday Neurosis which, to my happiness, exposed you as an optimist, which was a huge transformation from your “earlier self”.

    But my current favorite is The-Transforming Power of Struggle which describes your take on the inner-processes of facing and taking on risk/struggle/danger/fear and what drives us there.

    I hope to keep reading your blog for a long time, and happy to see your writing evolve in quality and quantity.

    (Truthfully – I am envious of your persistence and endurance).

    Truly Yours
    Gal

    • Thank you for your kind words. My persistence is in part due to comments like yours. While I usually write about things that matter to me, and that might not interest other people, I am always immensely gratified when my words strike a chord with a reader.That makes the experience of writing so much more fulfilling.

      It seams that people are attracted much more to personal accounts and stories, than philosophical abstracts. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised 🙂

  • Hi Mike,

    I’m glad to participate in your first giveaway contest, and I will also be very happy to win :-).

    Like Boris above I liked your coverage of ShopJet, it’s evolution at the startup weekend, the idea before, and the results at the end.

    But what I really like reading in your blog, is your personal take on the world, your expression of your own philosophy, and the dissection of the emotional and intellectual states you go through in the process of life.

    Of these I really liked Birthday Neurosis which, to my happiness, exposed you as an optimist, which was a huge transformation from your “earlier self”.

    But my current favorite is The-Transforming Power of Struggle which describes your take on the inner-processes of facing and taking on risk/struggle/danger/fear and what drives us there.

    I hope to keep reading your blog for a long time, and happy to see your writing evolve in quality and quantity.

    (Truthfully – I am envious of your persistence and endurance).

    Truly Yours
    Gal

    • Thank you for your kind words. My persistence is in part due to comments like yours. While I usually write about things that matter to me, and that might not interest other people, I am always immensely gratified when my words strike a chord with a reader.That makes the experience of writing so much more fulfilling.

      It seams that people are attracted much more to personal accounts and stories, than philosophical abstracts. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised 🙂

  • Whooohooo!! YAYE I won! I won! I won!

    Ehm..

    But it’s not the winning that matters, it’s the “journey” you make to the wining spot that counts 🙂

    I wonder who drove more page hits, did you install Google Analytics? I’m just curious – maybe make a post of it.

    Anyway, I’ll call you later to meet up and claim my prize – I promise not to delay like the latest Israeli LOTO winner 🙂

    Thanks mate, it’s been a pleasure commenting.

    • I was careful not to reveal your full name when announcing the winner, so that you won’t face the threat of relatives, friends and strangers begging you to…lend them the book 🙂

  • Whooohooo!! YAYE I won! I won! I won!

    Ehm..

    But it’s not the winning that matters, it’s the “journey” you make to the wining spot that counts 🙂

    I wonder who drove more page hits, did you install Google Analytics? I’m just curious – maybe make a post of it.

    Anyway, I’ll call you later to meet up and claim my prize – I promise not to delay like the latest Israeli LOTO winner 🙂

    Thanks mate, it’s been a pleasure commenting.

    • I was careful not to reveal your full name when announcing the winner, so that you won’t face the threat of relatives, friends and strangers begging you to…lend them the book 🙂

  • I think Boris should have won. Even if he was the only true contender. Rules are rules.

    • Some rules are there to be bended 🙂
      I hope Boris will participate again in the future, and win. Your participation was missed, maybe next time?

  • I think Boris should have won. Even if he was the only true contender. Rules are rules.

    • Some rules are there to be bended 🙂
      I hope Boris will participate again in the future, and win. Your participation was missed, maybe next time?

  • Love this post!

    I will love to read your review bout the book 🙂

    Driving culture in organization (especially when it grows) is not trivial… Zappos does it amazingly, and we should learn from it.

  • Love this post!

    I will love to read your review bout the book 🙂

    Driving culture in organization (especially when it grows) is not trivial… Zappos does it amazingly, and we should learn from it.

  • Appreciate the sentiment. Sadly, I am the first to claim that rules are made to easily solve 90% of the common problems.

    And also, Mike is too big for me to take it away by force (original plan).

    Keep me posted about future competitions !

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