What Does Success Truly Look Like? (“Thrive” Book Give Away)

by Rebecca on June 1, 2014

thriveThe name Arianna Huffington may not ring any bells with you but Huffington Post probably does.  As the women behind the hugely successful Huffington Post she is someone who seemingly had it all- money, power and a lot of resources yet as she found those are not what make for a fulfilling life.

After a medical scare, she started questioning the crazy life she was leading.  By the usual measures of success, Huffington was hugely successful, but was this even sane or sustainable?

In her book, “Thrive” she challenges us to redefine success beyond money and power-what she calls the Third Metric.  It is a great reminder that having “it all” and defining success the way the world wants you to may not actually be the key to having a fulfilling, purposeful life.

I think we all realize there is way more to life than our careers, having a bigger house or more and more “stuff,” but we all need a reminder every once in awhile- or in my case a lot of reminders!

“Thrive” is centered on 4 pillars– Well-being, Wisdom, Wonder and Giving.

Well-being– According the Huffington, Women in stressful jobs have a nearly 40% increased risk of heart disease, and a 60% greater risk of diabetes.  Here in the United States most people are chronically sleep deprived-not only us but also our kids.  To quote Huffington “ According to a study from the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, sleep deprivation reduces our emotional intelligence, self-regard, assertiveness, sense of independence, empathy towards others, the quality of our interpersonal relationships, positive thinking and impulse control”.

The bottom line is if you are not taking care of yourself, it does not matter how successful your business is!

Wisdom– this is something that is sorely lacking in out world today. How many times have we seen seemingly smart people make the craziest decisions?  These people may be intelligent but being intelligent does not make someone wise. Wisdom is taking advice from trusted sources and learning from our past experiences.

Wonder-This may sound kind of hokey but wonder is all around us.  How often do we take time out to appreciate it though?  I know I am way guilty of having too many things on my to-do list to take time out of my day to enjoy the world around me.

Giving– Again, in our busy world giving of our time and energy may seem impossible but what all people who do serve others know is that they are the ones that benefit as much if not more that the people they are helping.  Huffington references numerous studies that clearly show the benefits the “givers” receive including one that “found that volunteering was connected to lower rates of depression, higher reports of well-being and a significant reduction in mortality risk.”

“Thrive” reinforced many beliefs I already had and has served as an inspiration to keep me doing some of the things I am already doing but it also made me try some new things- like making getting enough sleep every night a non-negotiable.

I really enjoyed this inspiring book and bet you will to.  If you would you like to win a free copy of “Thrive” just leave a comment below and we will pick a winner on June 14th.

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Danielle N. Rastetter, DVM June 1, 2014 at 6:21 am

would be interesting in reading this.


Billy Richardson June 1, 2014 at 10:02 am

It is a constant battle not to be defined by the world’s measure of success….thanks for the reminder.


Jessica Taylor June 1, 2014 at 11:40 am

As working moms, this balance is so hard. The giving part I think has made the most difference for me. We are already on a giving profession, but I found that giving time in a completely different capacity gives me perspective and helps inspire me for all the other things.


Chasity Irby June 1, 2014 at 11:53 am

I think well-being is the one that is left out the most. We take care of our kids, our business, our spouse, and everything else. We rarely take care ourselves. What an inspirational lady!


Lynn Tudor June 1, 2014 at 12:33 pm

I really think this book is really important for a balance and fulfilling life. It is so easy to fall into the trap of taking care of everyone else and putting our else’s last which then short changes everything else in our lives. It sounds wonderful and I can’t wait to read it.


Judy Stout June 1, 2014 at 1:39 pm

This sounds like an interesting read. I like how wisdom and wonder are the first on the list. I know when we look for balance they should all have equal footing, but i think as humans, we tend to list what we prioritize first.


Cynthia Courtney June 1, 2014 at 8:22 pm

This book is definitely on my list and will be even higher on my list after hearing the good things you had to say about it. The road to veterinary medicine is often a very driven, unbalanced one. Once we find ourselves in practice it’s so important to take care of ourselves so we have the resources to take care of our patients. Sounds like this book discusses the balance that allows us to be successful and happy.


Shana June 1, 2014 at 11:47 pm

I think that getting enough sleep can be so under-rated when we are younger…and older. As I write this close to midnight 🙂 But I know that when I am tired I am, if nothing else, less patient and tolerant of everyone around me, and most of all those that are closest to me. And vice versa – as evidenced by post-sleepover meltdowns at our house!


Danielle June 2, 2014 at 8:32 am

I think we get so lost in society’s expectations that many times the root of WHY we do things can be easy to get lost. In my opinion, next to sleep and making sure that your own well being is taken care of (if we can’t help ourselves how can we help others?!) I really feel wonder is important. Its always interesting to hear a child’s point of view on more serious issues, because they’re able to see things so much more simple than we make it many times. This sounds like a great read!


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