The 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.