New details are emerging about the tragic death of former Zappo’s CEO Tony Hsieh on November 27 from injuries he received in a house fire.

Recent articles in Forbes and The Wall Street Journal detailed Hsieh’s disturbing behavior in 2020, including substance abuse, self-starvation and oxygen deprivation.

Hsieh’s death at age 46 is a shocking and sad end to his extraordinary life. Despite his vast wealth, friends quoted in both articles say Hsieh seemed lost.

One quote from his 2010 book really jumped out at me: “Happiness is really just about enjoying life.”

In my experience working with the ultra-wealthy, though, I found that happiness comes from having meaning and purpose in your life. It’s the end, not the means. I spoke to this in a recent article:

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