Summary: Arianna Huffington’s personal wakeup call came in the form of a broken cheekbone and a nasty gash over her eye – the result of a fall brought on by exhaustion and lack of sleep. The co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post, one of the fastest growing media companies in the world, celebrated as one of the world’s most influential women, gracing the covers of magazines, she was, by any traditional measure, extraordinarily successful. Yet as she found herself going from brain MRI to CAT scan to echocardiogram, to find out if there was any underlying medical problem beyond exhaustion, she found herself wondering, is this really what success feels like…Read more.
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Arianna Huffington: Thrive – The Third Metric for Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder Audio Book Summary
In Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder, Huffington Post founder and executive Arianna Huffington lays out her views on what it means to be successful.
As the founder and CEO of one of the world’s fastest-growing media companies, no one can doubt that Huffington has achieved immense success, yet she found herself questioning the nature of that success after she nearly collapsed from exhaustion and suffered numerous medical complications as a result.
As she searched for the medical diagnosis underlying her issue, Huffington was confronted with a greater reality — the idea the money and power, the most-often cited metrics of success, are, by themselves, insufficient. She used the now infamous analogy of money and power as two legs of a three-legged stool. The missing leg (and the missing metric, according to the book title) is well-being.
With money and power alone, individuals might achieve success, but they will never truly thrive. That’s what this book is about. It’s not just about balance, but about finding the reasons behind the long hours and grueling work it often takes to achieve the money and fame. It’s about finding personal assessments that match the reasons you go to work, so that you find that you are pursuing a passion, not just a job or career.
Individuals who focus to narrow-mindedly on the “traditional” definition of success as money and power, will inevitably be placed on a track leading to burn-out, which can have disastrous consequences, whether it comes as a nervous breakdown, a major personal failure, broken relationships, or a medical condition that crops up “out of nowhere” and needs to be addressed immediately, as was her case.
Finding well-being through your pursuits is absolutely essential for success, and Thrive is an excellent combination of business savvy mixed with personal experience to express this sentiment. Thrive provides a much needed philosophy from one of the leaders of our times. This book should be a must-read for anyone who works to achieve work-life balance, or who aspires in the professional world. Sage advice must a seasoned leader and entrepreneur, these words of wisdom are pieces of advice that no reader should take lightly.