Then I remembered I had received a copy of “Thrive” as my first book for blogging for books! First of all, Arianna Huffington’s career speaks for itself. She has accomplished so much I was totally excited to hear her advice on becoming more successful…especially at this juncture in my life. I was intrigued when I figured early on in the text that she was introducing a new approach. I mean c’mon it’s Arianna Huffington! She can’t unplug…or can she? As I continued to read, I found that my initial thoughts were way off base. Ms. Huffington wasn’t going to share techniques for doing more, she was going to share how I can actually THRIVE in life by doing less stressful work for the sake of working hard and instead focus more on what was important in my life.
Ms. Huffington shares how her endless pursuit of “success” landed her on the floor unable to more. During her healing, she found and further goes on to introduce readers to the third metric: well being, wisdom, wonder and giving. She gives insight on bringing these qualities to the workplace and thus redefining our culture’s beliefs about success. My favorite parts of the book are when she presents stories about her mother and how she valued family dinner. Could you imagine a world that values family over money and power?!?
All in all, the book was very inspiring. Huffington shared a view of the world in which I would like to live. I’m not sure we as a society can get there anytime soon but I’m very much looking forward to when we do! I for one am ready to slip into the third metric and experience a life beyond “just living”. I’m ready to THRIVE!