Thrive Summary - Four Minute BooksArianna Huffington. Arianna Huffington, new-media pacesetter and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group, offers advice on physical and mental well being intertwined with tales from her glamorous life. Her premise is simple: Most people structure their lives —as Huffington says she did — around the pursuit of success. But the attendant stress led to a physical collapse that, Huffington reports, served as her wake-up call about the dangers of pushing herself too hard and also led her to write this book. As billionaires soak up so much of the available money and will only soak up more in the future, many people question the purpose of hour workweeks, damaged health, and neglected spouses and kids.
Arianna Huffington Talks 'Thrive'
Lesson 1: Add a third metric to your definition of success: thriving.
In Thrive, Arianna Huffington makes an impassioned and compelling case for the need to redefine what it means to be successful in today's world. 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 the cofounder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group--one of the fastest growing media companies in the world--celebrated as one of the world's most influential women, and 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 wondered is this really what success feels like? As more and more people 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. Our current definition of success is, as Thrive shows, literally killing us.