Thrive | Arianna Huffington

Summary of: Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder
By: Arianna Huffington

Introduction

Welcome to the summary of ‘Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder’ by Arianna Huffington, a compelling exploration of how we define success and happiness in contemporary society. In this summary, we’ll delve into Huffington’s personal journey to redefine success beyond money and power, her development of the concept of ‘thriving,’ and discuss the four crucial pillars of well-being, wisdom, wonder, and giving. With enlightening insights and practical advice, this summary aims to transform your perception of success and help you create a life filled with greater satisfaction and fulfillment.

Rethinking Success

The author, co-founder of The Huffington Post, learned the hard way that success defined as money and power can lead to self-destructive behavior. To achieve real fulfillment, one needs to redefine success by adding a crucial third metric – thriving. Thriving entails taking care of your well-being, tapping into life’s wisdom, feeling wonder and engaging in giving. Keep reading to discover what you may be missing if you solely focus on money and power.

Prioritizing Well-being for a Successful Life

Taking care of your well-being by disconnecting from technology, opting out of unhealthy work standards, and connecting with your inner self through meditation is essential to reduce stress and prevent health problems. Stress is a prevalent issue in the workplace, causing severe health issues, and disproportionately impacting women. However, supporting your well-being does not mean sacrificing success, as demonstrated by the author’s friend who launched a start-up, opened a preschool, and started a synagogue, all while prioritizing her well-being.

Tapping into Your Inner Wisdom

Wisdom is not connected to intelligence or knowledge. Rather, it’s a mindset, a way of looking at life with insight. In today’s information age, it’s challenging to find wisdom. The solution is to turn inward, take advantage of experiences and listen to intuition. Although wisdom inherently exists inside all of us, it’s formed and strengthened by experiences with the external world. We can learn something from every kind of experience by viewing life “as a classroom.” Adopting that kind of mindset will help you draw strength from experiences that might otherwise demoralize you.

Rediscovering Wonder

As we age in today’s tech-dominated world, we lose our connection to the magical essence of life. Our dependence on gadgets and personalized algorithms dulls our ability to experience the wonder of nature and art. Serendipitous moments that reveal the deeper logic of our lives are rare. However, surprise and wonder are integral to a fulfilling life, and we must actively seek them out. A chance discovery of a dollar bill with his girlfriend’s name on it led one man to contemplate the role of fate and destiny in his life. Rediscovering wonder requires a deliberate effort to step away from technology and embrace the unexpected.

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