Like many women in today’s success-focused society, I was raised to view professional achievements as the ultimate goal. Now one of the world’s most successful women, Arianna Huffington, is challenging that assumption in a ground-breaking book: “Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder” (click for details). Her own turn-around to redefining the importance of professional success wasn’t very pretty: She suffered a broken cheekbone and a bad gash over her eye that resulted from a fall due to exhaustion and lack of sleep. And ironically, that wake-up call came at the height of her achievements: Cofounder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, heralded for her influence.
But as she underwent multiple tests, Arianna took time out to evaluate not just her medical status. She reflected on how she had defined success. Money? Power? An enormous office with coffee served by someone else?
And thus the concept for this book was born. It is at once a very personal tale of how one woman transformed herself physically, emotionally and spiritually and a very meaningful lesson for everyone on how the drive to pursue success can blind us to what really counts in life.
What does the “third metric” mean in the title of the book? It’s related to a commencement address Arianna once gave in which she compared the push for fame and fortune to two legs of a three-legged stool. That chair might balance initially – but without a third leg (in this case, a third metric for defining success), it cannot balance. And in turn, we cannot thrive.
If you’ve ever wondered “is this all that there is to my life” as you drive hurriedly to work, rush from meeting to meeting, and hunker down over your computer late at night, Arianna’s book answers your question. You’ll learn how to achieve true well-being, the meaning of compassion (and that includes compassion to yourself), and how to find joy. Find out more about “Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder” by clicking here.