Arianna Huffington's personal wakeup 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. The co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post, one of the fastest growing media companies in the world, celebrated as one of the world's most influential women, 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 found herself wondering, is this really what success feels like?
In Thrive, she has written a passionate call to arms, looking to redefine what it means to be successful in today's world. In a commencement address she gave at Smith College in the spring of 2013, Arianna likened our drive for money and power to two legs of a three-legged stool. It 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. In this deeply personal book, Arianna talks candidly about her own challenges with managing time and prioritizing the demands of a career and 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 workplaces, and our lives.
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Anecdotal Content, Distracting Accent
Those who view Ms. Huffington as a role model and simply want to learn about her life and personal experiences would enjoy this book. I was hoping for more grounded principles that I could apply to my own life, not just stories from a successful entrepreneur.
With the word "Metric" in the title, I was hoping for substantive wisdom based in studies, psychology, or something concrete or principled. Instead, it was mostly anecdotal advice based on one person's experience.
The selected narrator has a slightly distracting accent, and may not be a native English speaker. The sample audio serves as a good example. It became a little bothersome after several hours. I wanted a poised, articulate narrator. (I pre-ordered the book and was unaware that the narrator would struggle with some of the language.)
I would have chosen a narrator with a less obtrusive accent, perhaps even a native English speaker with a more pleasant tone, cadence, and articulation.
This book fell short of my expectations. It's not a well-written book by a soon-to-be-discovered luminary; this is an underwhelming book from an already-famous personality who is selling a somewhat-unrefined, anecdotal book under the auspices of her fame and reputation.
Pleasantly Surprised - HIGHLY RECOMMEND! Highly.
Absolutely. The truths shared were so vast and varied, there is simply no way to take it all in one time through.
The multiple personal shares from the author's own experiences and "aha!" moments that lead her to write this.
The tone and sound of the author's native tongue.
I am not a liberal in political terms - and because of this, I believe I had a predisposition to pass over this book, had I not heard wonderful things about it from multiple sources. I was thoroughly shamed in that I would have missed such a treasure had I held to this rigid mindset.
- D Scott