When Jenn Lim presented her new book “Beyond Happiness” in early 2020, she thought she would be talking about her decade of work as CEO of Delivering Happiness, the business consultancy firm she co-founded to help. businesses to create happier, more sustainable workforce by using happiness science research.
No one, let alone her, could predict how the coronavirus pandemic would change everything in daily life and work in the months to come. As she took stock of how businesses from Starbucks to Airbnb were responding to the global downturn, she suffered her own life-changing loss when her co-founder and close personal friend Tony Hsieh, the CEO of more large-than-life known for his work as CEO of Zappos, passed away suddenly in November 2020.
As she went through her grief, Lim says that a book stands out to help her overcome her personal and professional challenges.
Lim tells CNBC Make It that she recommends everyone, especially those just starting out in their careers, to read “Inward,” a collection of poetry, quotes, and prose written by meditator, writer and speaker Diego. Perez who is called yung pueblo, which means “young”.
Published in 2017, the collection explores âthe shift from self-love to unconditional love, the power to let go and the wisdom that comes when we really try to know ourselves. It reminds the reader that healing, transformation and freedom are possible. “
Lim describes the text as concise and to the point and “opportune for you to be young, as literally young, or want to stay young in heart, mind and spirit”.
Over the past year, Lim says she has seen the power to connect through grief and healing both in her personal life and through her work as a Happiness Expert. âEver since the human reset hit the world, people wanted to understand what it means to be scientifically happy, but through the prism of grief and loss,â she says. “It was a reminder that it’s not just our ups in life that we learn, it’s also our downs.”
Lim is also linked to the themes of self-discovery and authenticity of yung pueblo, she says, in terms of how she aims to help individuals develop a sense of happiness in themselves and, through extension, through their work.
âWhere we are now, there’s no separation or even work-life balance – it’s work-life integration,â Lim explains. âIt’s great to see how this next generation sees it in a simple yet very ingrained spiritual way,â she said, referring to millennials and millennials.
âAt the end of the day,â she adds, âwhy else are we here if not to be genuine to who this spirit is in us? And to transcend that, not just understand our personal fulfillment, but also help others? “
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