The mere mention of Arianna Huffington’s name conjures images of professionalism and perseverance. But in her latest book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder, Ms. Huffington encourages women (and men) to sleep their way to the top!
Ms. Huffington has written several books and spoken a lot about her success but Thrive is a different kind of blueprint, redefining the benchmarks of success to include well-being, wisdom, wonder and giving.
Thrive is a collection of ideas from western philosophy, eastern meditation, Greek wisdom and religious writings. And in this book, there are maybe hundreds of quotes from researchers, philosophers, even actors, people we look up to and who we consider to have gotten something right. Quotes, like this question from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: If you wanted to put the world to rights, who should you begin with – yourself or others?
What makes Thrive different from other Self-help books? The notion that success doesn’t come from pushing yourself past your limits every single day; rather, it is in respecting your limits, learning from the wisdom of others, taking time to enjoy every step of the ladder as you climb and when you’ve gotten to the top, helping someone else.
As a Sabbath keeper myself, I loved that this book spoke highly about rest, about meditation, about the benefits of praying (answered prayers notwithstanding). It is rare to find this in a secular book. I found page 69 to be especially meaningful and encourage every reader to bookmark that entire page!
Being Greek, Ms. Huffington calls on the Athena wisdom which incorporates soul and compassion into the traditionally masculine work environment. It is with this feminine understanding that she revisits well-known stories and the lessons resonate even better in this medium which doesn’t just focus on one school of thought but what she considers to be the best of all of them.
The book is in 4 distinct but interrelated parts and can be used like a modern encyclopedia of quotes and nuggets of wisdom, a toastmaster’s compendium for any situation. Feeling guilty for turning down an offer to work late? Revisit the section on Well-being and the dangers of burnout on page 28. Feeling a little selfish and need a little motivation to give back? Turn to the paragraph about Thomas Jefferson on page 251. Suffering from an attack of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)? Read the joy of silence on page 188, made that much powerful because its honest advice, coming from a media mogul.
Thrive is a modern day How-To for people who don’t just want to have it all, but want to be around to enjoy it all, to marvel at it all and feel the pleasure of sharing that blessing work someone else. Read it if you fall into any of those categories.
** I received a copy of Arianna Huffington’s Thrive
from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest review. All views expressed above are my own and are a true reflection of my thoughts – I would never recommend a book that I wouldn’t purchase myself.