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San Francisco Noob Goes Park Hopping and Tries to Deliver Happiness

June 7th, 2010 · 11 Comments · San Francisco · By: Casi

What is my goal in life?

Experience as many things as possible in my lifetime.

Why?

So I can say “I did that.”

Why?

HAPPINESS

As many of you know I moved here from Los Angeles almost a year ago. What you might not know is why. I moved to San Francisco in the pursuit of happiness. This city is so open to a variety of people, all in the FREE pursuit of THEIR happiness. Whether it be to start their own business, get a great job, find a girlfriend/boyfriend, write peotry, sing music, dance, run marathons, play sports, or just be as different as possible. Some may argue that Los Angeles can offer the same things, but to me it just didn’t have the same freedom as I feel I have and I think everyone has here in SF. I love this city because it has encouraged me to have more EXPERIENCES in less than one year than I have had in the past. Well, that’s probably not true since this one year of experiences is battling with 24 years that I have not been in SF. But I feel the ones I have had here are more meaningful to me.

This whole pursuit of happiness post sprouted from a new book I read this month, Delivering Happiness – A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh CEO of Zappos. He is a business entreprenuer in the pursuit of happiness. “Ultimatly, he shows how using happiness as a framework can produce profits, pasion, and purpose in both business and life.” As someone very interested in business and technology I did enjoy this book for his story on how he made Zappos what it is today: one of Fortune magazine’s top 25 companies to work for. But I also enjoyed it because of the personal story he tells about his pursuit for happiness. In his case it is to spread the word of HAPPINESS, which he does through his company, his friendships, and now this book. I learned some valuable lessons from Tony’s, and many of his friends, words in this book.

I highly suggest you purchase Delivering Happiness through Amazon, and for $13 how can you not?! But, just in case you don’t believe me when I express how good this book is I have an extra copy to give away to one of you lucky SFNoob readers. All you have to do is leave a comment here answering this question: What is your goal in life? I will anounce the winner on my twitter account on Friday June 11th at 4p.m. PST so make sure you are following me! And if you STILL can’t find a way to purchase this book, I am more than willing to let you borrow my personal copy if you leave a comment here telling me what your goal in life is. Also, find more inspiring stories about Tony and Zappos at the Delivering Happiness website.

So, lets get back to my happiness. Like I said my goal in life is to have as many experiences as possible. To help me get a little bit closer to reaching this I love to explore our beautiful city, San Francisco. In honor of the great book I got for free from Tony Hsieh and the rest of the Delivering Happiness team, I took the book with me on a park hopping adventure throughought SF. As you may remember I asked all of you which were your favorite parks in San Francisco. I put on my walking shoes, grabbed my book and I was off! Here is a bit of my happiness with the Delivering Happiness book.

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Now get your comment on and win that free book I have for you! Remember to follow me on Twitter where I’ll announce the winner Friday at 4p.m. PST. GO!

Casi

Disclosure: Although I was given this book for free to review on my blog, all words are my own and VERY VERY TRUE! Thanks Tony for opening up my mind even more.


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  • http://www.brainbackup.net Greg_Gerber

    Awesome post. You went everywhere!

    My goal in life is to have as much fun as possible and to help other people do the same. If you consider fun a verb for happiness, it seems to fit in pretty well with the theme of the book.

  • al9000

    Q: What is my goal in life?
    A: “Live the Dream!”…If I don't win can i borrow your copy Casi…pleazzze!

  • http://theoffbeatreport.com Lauren

    So much fun visiting some of these parks with you! Ironically enough, my goal in life is to be happy – happy with my career, my relationships, my family, my friends, everything that I'm doing, no matter WHAT I'm doing, I want to be happy!

  • http://sanfrancisconoobs.com/ casandrakc

    Being happy is definitely the ultimate goal!

  • http://sanfrancisconoobs.com/ casandrakc

    Sure! Make sure you're following me on Twitter (@SFNoobs)! What's your twitter handle al9000?

  • http://www.bafman.com/ Brad Friedman

    Great post! Who took those great photos of you in the parks? Though I believe I was put on this earth to bring happiness to others, my goal in life is to always keep the Fun Meter on 10!

  • http://sanfrancisconoobs.com/ casandrakc

    your awesome photographer daughter did as a matter of fact! Gotta give my boyfriend some credit too for some of those great pics.

    I definitely agree with the fun factor!

  • Nikki

    I am going to have to do a park hopping of my own with the map you gave me … even maybe create a perfect duplicate of your trip if I win the book!

    My goal in life is to, when I'm old and gray, be able to look back on my life an feel a overwhelming sense of satisfaction and joy. Leave no stone unturned, have no regrets. I want to live fearlessly, love and appreciate my friends and family fully, and always be present in the now.

  • http://sanfrancisconoobs.com/ casandrakc

    ooooo! that's a good one! no regrets!

  • http://superduperfantastic.net/ suki

    I'll have to agree with Lauren. :) Being happy. Of course, figuring out all the bits and pieces that lead up to full blown happiness.

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