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

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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. In being connected to the world 24/7, we're losing our connection to what truly matters. Our current definition of success is, as Thrive shows, literally killing us. We need a new way forward.

In a commencement address Arianna gave at Smith College in the spring of 2013, she likened our drive for money and power to two legs of a three-legged stool. They may hold us up temporarily, but sooner or later we're going to topple over. We need a third leg -- a third metric for defining success -- to truly thrive. That third metric, she writes in Thrive, includes our well-being, our ability to draw on our intuition and inner wisdom, our sense of wonder, and our capacity for compassion and giving. As Arianna points out, our eulogies celebrate our lives very differently from the way society defines success. They don't commemorate our long hours in the office, our promotions, or our sterling PowerPoint presentations as we relentlessly raced to climb up the career ladder. They are not about our resumes -- they are about cherished memories, shared adventures, small kindnesses and acts of generosity, lifelong passions, and the things that made us laugh.

In this deeply personal book, Arianna talks candidly about her own challenges with managing time and prioritizing the demands of a career and raising two daughters -- of juggling business deadlines and family crises, a harried dance that led to her collapse and to her "aha moment." Drawing on the latest groundbreaking research and scientific findings in the fields of psychology, sports, sleep, and physiology that show the profound and transformative effects of meditation, mindfulness, unplugging, and giving, Arianna shows us the way to a revolution in our culture, our thinking, our workplace, and our lives.

352 pages, Hardcover

First published May 15, 2014

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Arianna Huffington

62 books843 followers
Arianna Huffington is the chair, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of fourteen books.

In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. In 2012, the site won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.

She has been named to Time Magazine's list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union.

She serves on several boards, including HuffPost’s partners in Spain, the newspaper EL PAÍS and its parent company PRISA; Onex; The Center for Public Integrity; and The Committee to Protect Journalists.

Her 14th book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder was published by Crown in March 2014 and debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list.

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Profile Image for Amy.
4 reviews7 followers
March 22, 2014
To be honest, I couldn't bring myself to finish this book. It reads like a shitty Pinterest board
Profile Image for Mason.
7 reviews3 followers
April 15, 2014
When I looked over a couple of the harsh reviews for Thrive, I felt like they missed the point. One said that it read like a Pinterest board, but is that really a bad thing for a self-help book? That's the kind of world we live in today; ease of access, simple layouts. Would you rather it read like War and Peace or a doctoral dissertation? That wouldn't appeal to nearly as many people and a self-help book should, in essence, appeal to a lot of people. I think Thrive succeeds at doing that. Other reviews thought it was hypocritical that she recommends apps that can help you disconnect from technology, but again, look at the bigger picture. If you're already addicted to technology and obsessed with apps, why not use an app to get your foot in the door to disconnection? I think everybody can find something in Thrive that they connect with and can easily implement in their daily lives. And if you're sitting there saying you couldn't even bring yourself to finish the book then, ironically, you probably need self-help more than any of us.

(Disclaimer: I received a free, advance copy of this book for review.)
Profile Image for Miz Lizzie.
1,129 reviews
September 13, 2016
Arianna Huffington has achieved the two metrics that signal success in our society: money and power. But when she broke her cheekbone after collapsing from built-up exhaustion, stress, and lack of sleep, she reawakened to the idea that there needs to be a Third Metric for defining success. That third metric is made up of well-being, wisdom, wonder, and giving. Pairing bits of personal experience with the latest research, Huffington argues persuasively for a new paradigm of work and society. What she says is not new but it is perhaps notable for being addressed to high-powered executives in private enterprises, the already successful in the money and power metrics, in other words. There is still value here for those of us in the public sector, public service, and/or struggling to get by even if our workplaces are unlikely to allow us to take an afternoon nap, though some of the book pairings below might hit home more directly. It is certainly encouraging to see that there are some with money and power who are working to create a new paradigm for society.

Book Pairings:
Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project and Happier at Home.
Brene Brown's Daring Greatly.
Austin Kleon's Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work.
Profile Image for Melanie.
386 reviews34 followers
February 11, 2014
This book is a mishmash of pre- and re- digested advice about getting enough sleep, becoming mindful, meditating, and changing one's value system to honor "the third metric": a redefinition of success to include values beyond money and power.

Ms. Huffington spends many pages telling the reader to unplug from digital devices, and then spends as many pages listing and annotating apps to meditate by, unplug by, control one's multi-tasking by, or even do nothing by. **

She praises and damns social media, makes generalizations about what physicists believe about time, and makes enormous generalizations about being guided by one's intuition or inner sense of rightness. (Note: terrorists believe in their sense of rightness, too.) Other generalizations are more annoying. Sorry, I don't buy the idea that sleep is a feminist issue, and I disagree strongly that people do not bond over moments of shared mortality. Our national experience and personal experience belie that assumption.

Much of the book is not this annoying, but so much of it is that the reader almost misses some genuine insights - such as the observation that the algorithms that govern the user's "personalized" experience at sites such as amazon.com provide a very shallow interpretation of who the user is.

Note to Arianna's editor: Metaphors work better if they're not, dare I say, counter-intuitive, or downright wrong. The iceberg did not hit the Titanic. The Titanic hit the iceberg. Just saying.

I received this book as an ARC. This is my honest review.

**Literally. As in, watch this app for 2 minutes if you want to do nothing.
Profile Image for David Rubenstein.
804 reviews2,536 followers
October 25, 2015
Content: 4 stars
Audiobook: 2 stars

Arianna Huffington, the founder of the Huffington Post, has written a useful book about achieving a successful life. She recommends thinking about your life from the end, moving backwards. What do you want to be told in a eulogy at your funeral? People don't say, "he was rich, he was powerful, he had a corner office, he gave good PowerPoint presentations, he climbed the corporate ladder, he made lots of money." Instead, people talk about the values of that person, the good he did in the world, the lives he touched.

So, Huffington writes that success is not measured just in wealth and power, but in the sense of well being, the capacity to be compassionate and giving. The cumulative sharing of memories, experiences, and wisdom is what counts.

This is basically a self-help book. Huffington warns of the dangers of burnout. In order to avoid burnout, she recommends a host of actions for achieving a successful life, including getting enough sleep, meditating, turning off social media. She recommends helping yourself to achieve serenity and a sense of wonder, before launching out to help others.

I didn't read this book; I listened to Huffington narrate her audiobook. While her voice is pleasant, her heavy Greek accent makes it quite difficult to understand what she is saying at times. So, I do NOT recommend this as an audiobook, but to read the print version.
Profile Image for Debbie "DJ".
352 reviews397 followers
March 28, 2014
Won through Goodreads First Reads. Thank You!
I have always admired Arianna Huffington for her sheer tenacity in overcoming "the good old boys club" and helping women find their way to the top. In her latest book she recounts her breakdown after working 18 hours a day, seven days a week, focusing on money and power. After her breakdown she discovers a need to take a good hard look at her life. She is finally forced to ask the question, what is the true meaning of success?

She begins with describing three metrics in life: money, power, and a third metric which has four pillars. These pillars include well-being, wisdom, wonder, and giving. I felt that most of these ideas have been around for decades and were simply put into new formats. There just simply wasn't much new here, though it was interesting to see how she came to employ them in her life.

While I am probably not the target audience for such a book it may be helpful for those just entering the work force. There are a few gems to be taken away from this read, but for the most part it was not helpful for me.

Profile Image for Sarah O'Flaherty.
Author 3 books13 followers
April 14, 2014
Disappointing. I liked the sentiment, but was very underwhelmed by the content - a mish-mash of quotes and scientific references. The book felt like it was written by many authors - or perhaps no author at all - with all the snippets grabbed from other sources. The most useful element was the appendixes - contributed not by the author but by Carolyn Gregoire.

It is also important to note that over a third of the book is appendices, notes and an index. Unfortunately, something you can't tell when purchasing on a kindle.
Profile Image for Hope.
1,295 reviews89 followers
August 7, 2017
This is the third book in a row that I’ve read on secular soul care.

Arianna Huffington, co-founder of the news and opinion website The Huffington Post, writes of her journey to redefine success. “It is not always about doing more, but also doing better – and we do better when we are connected to our inner wisdom, strength and intuition.” She emphasizes the third metric of success (the first two are money and power) as personal well-being. “We cannot thrive and lead the lives we want without learning to go inward.” (p. 260)

She’s spot on when she says we take better care of our cell phones than of ourselves (always being careful to recharge them, but ignoring our bodies’ similar need). “Disease happens when the repair process is not keeping up with the damage process.”

The book’s best advice for de-stressing is common sense. Get plenty of sleep, take walks, own a pet. But Huffington goes further. The reader is encouraged to grow in wisdom by practicing mindfulness, gratitude, yoga, meditation, stoicism, and breath consciousness. Slow down, take happiness classes, listen to your inner voice.

This inward spiritual journey, however, is completely untethered from specific truth. This quote from David Foster Wallace explains, “Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And the compelling reason for choosing some sort of god or spiritual type thing to worship – be it JC or Allah, be it Yahweh or the Wiccan Mother Goddess, or the Four Nobel Truths, or some inviolable set of ethical principles – is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive.” (p. 259)

So as long as you don’t worship money or power, but some other supernatural being, you’re good to go. Sadly, what appears to be a call to spiritual depth is really a call to a religion of self-realization through personal effort, which is something that can never meet the deepest needs of the human heart.
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94 reviews
October 1, 2014
During a recent road trip, my wife and I listened to the audio version of Thrive, read by the author's sister, Agapi Stassinopoulos. I quickly overcame the heavy Greek accent and focused on the words and the message. But Stassinopoulos's phrasing, voice inflections, and heartless delivery made some words unintelligible and many important phrases downplayed. It's worth mentioning that I was only able to sit through a handful of chapters - I did not finish this book.

It's immediately obvious to the reader that a book will ramble when the title is one word and the subtitle is eleven words long. But that lengthy subtitle still doesn't offer any focus to Huffington's long-winded points. Metric #1 to defining success? Money. Metric #2? Power. Metric #3? Physical and Emotional Well-Being, Wisdom, Wonder, and Giving.

Thrive's biggest take aways are that in this world today, we need more sleep, less social media, a satisfaction in living, and an acceptance of death. But similar to the muddiness of the audio delivery, Huffington's message is mired down by quote after quote after quote. In one paragraph, she references Aristotle, Ovid, Benjamin Franklin, and a modern-day researcher. Don't get me wrong: Huffington has some excellent self-improvement tenets. But she doesn't make them.

Don't frustrate yourself with this book or torture yourself with the audio version. There are many other self-help books with similar messages that are conveyed better.
Profile Image for Lucy.
9 reviews
July 9, 2016
Best self-help/memoir/non-fiction book I've read in a long time. Not only inspiring but the book also provides plenty of small, practical changes, how to enact these changes without too much effort (including suggestions of good tools/apps to use) and how to make habits out of them. Arianna manages to balance religious beliefs, scientific findings, spiritual epiphanies and personal experience well and neither sounds too preachy nor too academic, combining well-told stories and anecdotes with modern science and psychology studies to back them up. Would highly recommend to anyone wanting to reduce their stress and/or looking for a happier, more meaningful life.
Profile Image for Sharon Profis.
Author 2 books99 followers
November 22, 2014
Arianna's advice is worth taking. The first two chapters are the strongest, especially the commentary about meditation and well-being. The catch is that if you don't have an interest in the most current research, and are perturbed by too many reference quotes, it will be hard to get through. (I enjoyed it, but will share this caveat with anyone I recommend it to.)

I found myself enjoying her personal anecdotes the most, even getting misty-eyed reading stories from her childhood. Especially those about her mother.

Solid advice. Worth reading. The appendixes are also great resources on their own.

225 reviews1 follower
May 29, 2014
In these times we seem to wear busyness and stress as a badge of honour. In Thrive Arianna Huffinton of the Huffington Post tells of the challenges she faced as a mother and business woman and the personal issues that drove her to find a better way to live. Sleep, mindfulness, meditation and unplugging are all covered. While the ideas are not new the book is well researched and the author uses data to back up her ideas. It made me take notice and has made me decide to make some big changes. I am taking a new direction in my health coaching practice as a result of reading this book.
Profile Image for Hà Khuất.
114 reviews3,394 followers
March 7, 2019
I'm very close to giving this a 5 star, but 5 means perfection, and yes, this book is not perfection by any means, but due to all the emotions and thoughts and insights this book offers me, I think it deserves a 4.5 ! Well, at this points, I truly believe that no self-help book can "invent" any kind of new or groundbreaking lessons or insights about how to lead a happy and meaningful life, so it is the writing style and story-telling method that matters, that can decide how convincing and inspirational a book can be! And Thrive truly has that. Arianna talks about Well-being, Wisdom and Wonder and Giving as the core elements of a truly meaningful life. All the things she mentioned, I already knew, but thanks to reading this, I HAVE NOW UNDERSTOOD, and even FELT IT: The importance of going inner, looking into your self, learn to cherish your intuition and wonder of your mind, and your surrounding, and so many amazing things.
To be honest, Well-being and Giving parts are only decent to me, but Wisdom and Wonder chapters are phenomenal! And most importantly, I CRIED while reading one of her stories in a chapter about "Death" Yes, a non-fiction book moved me to tears .... So you can guess how much I love it!!
Profile Image for Lori Cotton.
16 reviews7 followers
June 24, 2015
I love Arianna Huffington but found it to read more like a research paper filled with support, statistics and facts to back up theory and her suggestions for well-being, wisdom and wonder. I honestly would of preferred a workbook to track how I managed her concept opposed to an entire book filled with facts/data. I've read books with similar formats that flowed less like a research paper and more a nice mix of personal insight and support from others. This felt a little impersonal, which is surprising because I enjoy interviews by Arianna. It was a quick read but I was not very connected.
Profile Image for Shaimaa Hassan شيماء.
264 reviews165 followers
October 7, 2022
كتاب دافيء وحميمي، تكتبه المؤلفة كأنما تتحدث إلى اصدقائها، يختلف الكتاب عن غالبية كتب المساعدة الذاتية او التنمية البشرية كما يسمونها التي تتحدث بشكل مبالغ فيه عن الانجاز الشديد وعدم تضييع الوقت بصورة غير واقعية في معظم الأحيان، في هذا الكتاب تدعونا الكاتبة إلى التوقف عن اللهاث، والنظر إلى الداخل وتغيير مقاييس النجاح.

ماهو المقياس الثالث للنجاح في رأي الكاتبة؟؟؟

تقول أننا اعتدنا أن نرى النجاح بمقياس الثروة والنفوذ، ولقد حصلت على الكثير من المال والنفوذ، واختيرت ضمن اكثر مائة شخصية مؤثرة في العالم، ولكنها وجدت نفسها فجأة تقع مغشيا عليها من فرط الإجهاد وقلة النوم وكانت هذه بداية تفكيرها في المقياس الثالث للنجاح.

يتكون هذا المقياس من اربعة أعمدة هي السعادة والحكمة وحب المعرفة والعطاء وهي الأقسام الرئيسية للكتاب.

في مقياس السعادة تتحدث عن الإرهاق، التأمل، الاتصال الإلكتروني المفرط، إدمان الهواتف الذكية، أهمية النوم، ممارسة الرياضة، تمارين التنفس العميق، ورعاية الحيوانات الأليفة.

وفي مقياس الحكمة تتحدث عن الامتنان، قوة الحدس، مرض السرعة وندرة الوقت.

وفي مقياس التعجب تتحدث عن الصمت وتذكر الموت.

وفي مقياس العطاء تتحدث عن قوة العطاء المذهلة وتأثير الحب على تنمية القدرات واهمية التواصل الإنساني حتى من الغرباء.

استعانت الكاتبة بالكثير من الدراسات والأقوال المأثورة ومقتطفات الكتب، كما انها اوردت الكثير من مواقف حياتها الشخصية وتأثرها بأصلها اليوناني وشخصية امها المعطاءة التي تحب الناس والحياة.

يعيب الكتاب الإطالة في بعض الأحيان وبعض الفقرات التي لم يوفق المترجم في ايصال معناها.

الكتاب من إصدارات دار جرير الفخمة بغلاف مقوى وورق اصفر جميل ومريح.

"إننا عاقدو العزم بشدة على تسجيل الأحداث المهمة بحياة أبنائنا حتى إننا لم نعد نراهم هم انفسهم بالمرة. ان نقاوة صورة الطفل الحقيقية رائعة إن انت نظرت له فقط، انها صورة حقيقية بنظام HD فائق الجودة. لويس سي كيه".

"إن قيامك بغش جسدك بالتقليل من وقت الراحة الذي يحتاج إليه، من الممكن أن يجعلك عرضة للمرض والتوتر وحوادث النوم وكذا زيادة الوزن يقسم الدكتور بيروز ان من شأن النوم ان يساعد على خسارة الوزن أكثر مما تفعل التمارين الرياضية بكثير".

" إن فوائد النهوض والمشي تتعدى الفائدة الجسدية، في دراسة قامت بها جامعة إلينوي، أظهر الباحثون أن المشي ثلاث مرات أسبوعيا في كل مرة بوتيرة مشينا العادية، يساعد على مقاومة علامات تقدم العمر، ويزيد من نشاط المخ وأدائه الوظيفي".
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51 reviews18 followers
April 20, 2014
I bought this book at the airport and it's short enough to finish it before the end of your long-haul... Arianna gives us a valuable reminder that there is more to life than wealth and power, and provides practical tips on now to have a more meaningful life, how to be healthier, have a better balance, sleep more, meditate and give to others. Sounds obvious and I felt like skipping through some pages, but the reminder to thrive is exactly what I needed right now.
Profile Image for Cathy Patton.
169 reviews9 followers
September 12, 2018
This book may be good for people who are stuck in the corporate rat-race and haven't looked out the window in years, but for anyone who has actually tried meditation, gratitude journaling, or any other simple self-care practice, this book has no new information for you.
Profile Image for Elena.
143 reviews36 followers
February 10, 2019
To flourish. To grow vigorously. To gain wealth. To progress forward. To realize a goal. To come into fruition due to the best of circumstances. To thrive, not just succeed for the mere purpose of money and power. To become someone of well-rounded wealth: in well-being, wisdom, wonder and giving, as much as money and power. Ingeniously, Arianna Huffington has dared us to into a realm we don't speak of when it comes to success. Success has become a two dimensional platform. Our world has globalized, and as individuals we choose to still remain limited. Arianna Huffington illustrates a multi-dimentional world to success, that betters us as individuals, that betters our business world, and more so betters all of our interactions with one another.

I bought the audio version of this book on the day it was released. The arrival of this book is quite 'coincidental' for me personally, or possibly for many others due to the current and future status of our business and economic world. Before reading this book I had already been aware of three things. First, that for the most part our corporate world exploits its workers to the fullest, with the exception of a few companies that have begun to think in more elevated fashions to incorporate stress-free environments and wellness initiatives. Secondly, is that most of us, if not all of us, are saturated with the influence of technology in our daily relationships. Lastly, that a great majority of the work force is overworked, underpaid, and highly unappreciated or unrewarded.

"For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin - real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way. Something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life."- FR. ALFRED D'SOUZA

This quote greatly exemplifies the sentiment that accumulates from the three things mentioned above. It all just seems like one great big obstacle, your life. For me, as for many others, this book is breath of fresh air, telling the story of how you make your own story of sucess, rather than a story of obstacles, or even failure. "Darling, your change the channel. You are in control of the cliker. Don't replay the bad, scary movie."

Arianna Huffington, daringly, advocates for the following:
Quality versus Quantity - know how much time you're willing to spend on something and what you meaningfully want to do in that time.
Reconnecting the stressed and overworked self - create some rules to remain grounded and wise
More sleep - less social media - knowing when to put down the technological influence that you have created over your life
For corporations to put wellness initiatives place - seek out companies you know are aware and practical about the well-being of their employees
Creating a mindfulness of how we interact with one another and the impact we have on another on an internal and human connection.
Despite the popular belief among some reviews, that Thrive is simplistic in style, the beauty of the book is the interconnectedness of its content. The Third Metric comprises of four pillars: well-being, wisdom, wonder, and giving. Far from simplistic, it's a well-rounded and gracious context for living life. This book is meant to challenge our perspectives of sucess beyond money and power. It's mean to open our eyes to the quality of our lives. It's not just about what happens to us and the path that we take in life. More so, it's about quality of that path from an individual perspective to larger point of view of community, corporations, and global changes.

I have listened, and relisted to this book for a month now. I go back to certain chapters because this book is great reminder of how much more progress we have to make as individuals but also as a society. It's inspiring to listen to the knowledge, wisdom, and sources in this book.

We should no longer seek to succeed. We should seek to Thrive!
Profile Image for Morgan.
4 reviews4 followers
August 22, 2014
Honestly, the book was well written, organized and applicable. I found a lot of the life advice really helpful as I am starting my corporate career and attempting to find balance in my life. I appreciated the real world examples and the realistic descriptions. Huffington commands the reader and for a self help book it read easily, I finished it in under a week during my work lunch breaks. I recommend this for anyone that is burnt out or trying to find balance in their lives. However, this book is really only applicable to those who have a college degree and a cushy corporate career. If you are working in construction, agriculture, or manufacturing a lot of what is said in this book is unlikely to resonate for you, especially if your biggest stressor in your life is living paycheck to paycheck.
Profile Image for Claire.
109 reviews
May 18, 2015
I enjoyed this book as a reminder/gentle wake up call that I've of late become a little addicted to the "feel good/dopamine hit" of my digital device microcosm world. Was difficult to rate between a 3 or 4 so really it's a 3.5 for me. I enjoyed all the facts and personal anecdotes that supported Huffington's positions about what we should remind ourselves as being important in our lives. It prompted me to make a few life changes and to remember that social media and technology are most certainly valuable tools and that we should also be mindful they they can get a little more addictive than perhaps we like to admit to ourselves and to use them wisely and put some personal boundaries around how much we are digitally plugged in for our personal health and wellbeing.
Profile Image for Grace.
45 reviews
April 8, 2015
I read this book based on my dad's recommendation, and I actually got a lot out of it. No, nothing Huffington writes about is particularly groundbreaking, but the content is important (particularly in this day and age). I felt refreshed after reading this book. Her segments on wonder and wisdom particularly resonated with me. The book sort of forced me to take a look at my life and ask some tough questions of myself. I was not expecting this to happen. I also appreciate that she offered practical strategies and resources to help "create a life of well-being, wisdom, and wonder".
Profile Image for Kay Cardona.
72 reviews7 followers
March 21, 2019
I enjoyed Thrive. It's a practical book that will help anyone who wants to slow down in life, to live a less competitive lifestyle. She speaks about how we are so driven to work harder to earn more money to buy more stuff that we think will make us happy. However, all we get is more and more tired, and nothing seems to be enough. She mentions sleep deprivation due to us being in touch all the time. People who work so hard that they don't even have either the time or energy to enjoy their life. She got her wake up call because like many , her health was effected. She researched this topic and shares the results of her research with us readers. A VERY good book for anyone who needs to have a slower lifestyle.
Profile Image for Orgio Orgil.
41 reviews40 followers
April 15, 2019
Let’s thrive for better lives for ourselves, for our communities, for our countries and ultimately for the world. Really liked the fact that Arianna Huffington as successful and valuable as a person she is, here she is being raw and vulnerable. She revealed to the public some of the most intimate relationships she’s had in her life and life experiences, lessons and hardships. They all make this book a valuable experience to us.
Profile Image for Daniel.
602 reviews42 followers
February 28, 2016
Wo fange ich an? Nun ... ich kenne Fr. Huffington eigentlich kaum. Und ich meine jetzt nicht unbedingt, dass ich Ihr noch nie begegnet bin, obwohl das natürlich auch stimmt. Vielmehr wollte ich damit sagen, dass ich die "Huffington Post" noch nie gelesen hatte, bevor ich das Buch in die Hände bekam. Aber der Name ... der Name sagte mir etwas. Und deshalb habe ich es vielleicht ein paar Augenblicke länger in Händen gehalten, als das bei einem Ratgeber dieser Klasse sonst der Fall gewesen wäre.

Ich habe eine recht durchwachsene Karriere hinter mir. Und vor mir. Abwechslung ist eine Triebfeder für mich. Doch bevor mir ein Job anfängt langweilig zu werden (eine Phase, die erfahrungsgemäß etwa 3 Jahre anhält), gebe ich gerne alles. Danach übermannt mich die Langeweile - oder die Erschöpfung. Schon einmal hat mich ein Job so sehr in Anspruch genommen, dass ich regelmäßig weit über Mitternacht hinaus gearbeitet, oder am türkischen Strand den Club-Urlaub für Kundengespräche zumindest unterbrochen habe. Ein Burnout war die Folge.

Wenn Arianna Huffington also schreibt, dass die Idee zu diesem Buch nach ihrem eigenen Zusammenbruch entstand, dann weiß ich genau wovon sie spricht - auch, wenn mir die Millionen fehlen, die ihr scheinbar auch nicht gegen die Erschöpfungsdepression geholfen haben. Für sie war es der Zeitpunkt zurückzusehen und sich zu fragen, was sie in Zukunft ändern konnte, um nicht noch einmal die scheußlichen Folgen erdulden zu müssen, die ein Leben am oberen Limit mit sich brachten. Vielleicht war es das, was mich so interessierte. Vielleicht war das der Grund dafür, dass ich das Buch nicht einfach in sein Regal gestellt und weiter ignoriert habe. Für jemanden, der soetwas einmal durchgemacht hat, ist diese Frage nicht einfach nur philosophischer, sondern vielmehr praktischer Natur: Man schwört sich, einen solchen Niedergang nicht noch einmal durchstehen zu müssen.

Diese Verbundenheit mit Huffington ließ mich jedenfalls 'Die Neuerfindung des Erfolgs' lesen. Und ich kann nur sagen, dass ich es nicht bereut habe.

Huffingtons Antworten sind manchmal ein wenig ... begeistert von den eigenen Ideen. Aber kann man es ihr verdenken? Sie hat viel erreicht. Die Huffington-Post ist das deutlichste Monument ihres Erfolgs - und doch scheint es ihre eigene Definition von 'Erfolg' zu sein, die höher zu bewerten ist. Für sie ist der Erfolg nicht ausschließlich in Geld zu bemessen - auch wenn das zweifelsfrei hilft. Vielmehr versucht sie zu zeigen, welche anderen Kernelemente Erfolg haben kann (und sollte). Im Grunde genommen nimmt sie weniger eine Neudefinition als eine Umdeutung vor: 'Erfolg' hat bei ihr mehr damit zu tun glücklich zu sein, als Geld zu scheffeln. Und tatsächlich kann ich dem eine Menge abgewinnen (auch, wenn ich natürlich durchaus gerne Geld scheffle...).

Das Buch ist geradezu durchsetzt mit Studien und Querverweisen, die jede einzelne ihrer Behauptungen belegen sollen. Das gelingt mal mehr und mal weniger gut - in der Mehrheit aller Fälle ist es allerdings eine willkommene Möglichkeit die eigene innere Stimme, deren Unkenrufe man während der Lektüre tunlichst ignorieren sollte, argumentativ überrollen zu können.

Ich bin wirklich nicht der Mensch, der Ratgeber aller Art (und dabei stets den zuletzt gelesenen) als Heilsbringer darstellt oder darstellen möchte. Auch in diesem Fall werde ich also nicht so tun, als vermittelte er Ex-Burnout-Patienten ein neues Lebensgefühl. Aber er könnte es durchaus.

Und die Tatsache, dass ich versuchen werde einiges davon umzusetzen sagt schon jede Menge aus. Finde ich zumindest. Ich möchte das Buch also jenen ans Herz legen, die nach einem (mit Arbeit - egal ob bezahlt oder nicht - in Verbindung stehenden) Zusammenbruch nach Orientierung suchen. Ich glaube dass Huffingtons Erfahrungen (und ihre Schlüsse) wirklich hilfreich sein können.
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641 reviews
June 16, 2015
6 stars!! Every once in a while a book resonates with you to such a degree that you find it brilliant. Arianna's book "Thrive" is just such a book. Her basic premise is that the modern metrics of success - power and money - are shortsighted, insufficient, and destructive. Arianna advocates we must develop new metrics - well-being, wisdom, wonder, and giving - to truly define meaningful and enduring success. If that sounds too mushy or humanistic, then this book is definitely for you! Turning to classic philosophy, her own family upbringing and Greek culture, her undergraduate studies in world religions, and her personal life experiences as a child / mother / leader, Ariana constructs a "third metric" actually composed of several metrics. Arianna's third metric(s) are 1) well-being (health, rest & meditation, and I would add good nutrition), 2) wisdom (through seeking knowledge, trusting intuition, prioritizing what really matters, cultivating creativity and an attitude of gratitude), 3) wonder (inner reflection, experiencing / reflecting on the wonders of creation, life, nature, the world in the micro and macro sense) and finally, 4) giving (giving of oneself, volunteering, donating or sharing of one's riches and time with others). Arianna's stories and examples are powerful and evoking. If this doesn't motivate you to reflect on how you define your own success, then nothing will.
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649 reviews104 followers
January 6, 2019
Some self-help books are amazing. This one wasn't bad, but it didn't necessarily open my eyes to anything revolutionary.

Arianna Huffington is an impressive woman, and she writes well. She also has a lot of interesting stories and snippets of knowledge that keep this book engaging. She does a good job of using data and real-world information to make her case, and you walk away from the book convinced by her arguments. However, it doesn't exactly take a lot to convince me that meditating, asserting my right to work-life balance, and giving my time and money to worthy causes will improve my life. Perhaps I read this book at the wrong time—perhaps when it was new, it made points that were also new. But in 2017, I could have used more advice around how to actually execute her recommendations rather than more arguments that I should.
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Author 1 book16 followers
March 4, 2015
Arianna Huffington's Thrive starts out Really strong, and I loved this book immediately. On a similar path as Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In (In face, Ms. Huffington quotes her), Thrive discusses what success means and the need to adjust work life so that people can enjoy their lives. Unlike Lean In, Thrive takes a stronger Wellness path overall, and this fits right into the very messages that I put out on my blog and in my speaking.

After awhile, though, the book did drag on. There are lots of great references and lots of research to back up her writing, but after awhile, I felt like I got it.

This is still a great read, I still strongly recommend it to others who are feeling the Path to Success is not working for them in some way.
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December 31, 2016
One of the best business books I've read in a long time. There might be nothing new to learn here, but the case studies of companies that have made the conscious effort of being more than just profit-driven are inspiring. I was surprised by Huffington's ability to both walk the walk, and talk the talk. There are plenty of suggestions for how to practically apply her ideas in spite of rational arguments against what, she admittedly acknowledges, many might feel are "new agey, hocus pocus". I've gained a deep respect for Ms. Huffington as a business leader, and encourage anyone who wants to truly thrive in life and business to give her a chance to explain why, and how.
58 reviews
January 11, 2018
Read for a work book group. Pretty tiresome, but some good quotes. And who doesn't need a reminder of the importance of getting a good night's sleep. And disengaging from technology. And being nice to people. And being mindful. Interesting that I finished reading this just when the NYTimes magazine had a piece about her that suggested that she perhaps doesn't really live what she preaches. Imagine that.
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75 reviews
April 24, 2014
I was at a conference recently and heard Arianna Huffington speak. I was very excited to read the book. I thought the book is a worthwhile read. I enjoyed the different quotes best that were sprinkled within the book. However, she had some sound suggestions and made me think more about my life and what I could do to have better well-being, be more in "wonder" etc.
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