Book Review: Thrive, Arianna Huffington

The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well Being Wisdom, and Wonder. 
By Arianna Huffington

Redefining what it means to be Successful.

Arianna Huffington's personal wake-up 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. 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 wondered "Is this really what success feels like"? As so many of us are coming to realize, there is far more to living a truly successful life than just earning a bigger salary and capturing a corner office. Our relentless pursuit of the two traditional metrics of success - money and power - has led to an epidemic of burnout and stress related illnesses, and an erosion in the quality of our relationships, family life and ironically our careers. 

In a commencement address Arianna gave at Smith College in the spring of 2013, she likened our drive for money and power to two legs of a three-legged stool. They may hold us up temporarily, but sooner or later we're going to topple over.  We need a third leg - a Third Metric for defining success - in order to live a healthy balanced and meaningful life.  That Third Metric, she writes in Thrive, includes our well-being our ability to draw on our intuition and inner wisdom, our sense of wonder, and our capacity for compassion and giving. As Arianna points out, eulogies celebrate our lives very differently than our resumes. They don't commemorate our long hours in the office, our promotions, or our sterling Powerpoint presentations has we relentless race to climb the career ladder. Instead they celebrate cherished memories, shared adventures, small kindnesses and acts of generosity, lifelong passions and the things that made us laugh. Drawing on the latest research and since in the fields of psychology sports sleep and physiology that show profound and transformative effects of medication, mindfulness, unplugging and giving Arianna shows us the way to a revolution in our thinking, our culture our workplaces, and our lives. 

Arianna Huffington is the cofounder president and editor in chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, one of the world's most influential news information brands. She is author of fourteen books, including Third World America and On Becoming Fearless and the mother of two daughters, Christina and Isabella. 

I have to say I did know about Arianna Huffington, and she's quite a woman to look up to so of course I was interested in her book. A lot of what is said makes complete sense. The whole book is full of information by very knowledgeable people and it's a great read for people in their career, but also those looking to start theirs. If you like What Color is Your Parachute or Limitless this book is for you. 

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