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Arianna Huffington Urges Looking Beyond Money, Power in ‘Thrive’

Apr 25, 2014 12:59 PM EDT
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(Photo : REUTERS/CHARLES PLATIAU) Huffington Post editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington is pushing for living a life beyond money and power.

It took a collapse before Arianna Huffington decided to reorganize her life, but with a new found resolve, she is now urging everyone else to wake up in her new book, "Thrive," the Huffington Post reported.

The president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, told the audience at the Thrive conference in New York City on Thursday that it's time to start defining success beyond money and power.

"If we define success by money and power, it's like sitting on a two-legged stool - you'll topple over," Huffington said, according to news reports. "And more and more people are toppling over."

The conference, which Huffington hosted with Mika Brzezinski, co-host of Morning Joe on MSNBC, is composed of discussions about how one should think of success. Huffington said success now should include a third metric that is based on the pillars of well-being, wisdom, wonder and giving.

Huffington's own wake-up call was her collapse in 2007 due to lack of sleep and exhaustion. The fall left the media mogul with a broken cheekbone, an eye injury and a resolve to reevaluate her priorities in life, according to the Windsor Star.

"That was the beginning of my re-evaluating my life," Huffington said. "By any sane definition of success, if you're lying in a pool of blood in your office..."

Huffington said there were other incidents that should have made her put her "burnt out-fuelled existence into perspective." There was the loss of her first child, a breast cancer scare and her divorce, according to news reports. However, her collapse was the last straw.

Brzezinski's story involves relying on pills to catch moments of sleep, but she said she then realized how unsustainable her life had become.

"It was lonely, and it wasn't a healthy way to live," Brzezinski said, the Huffington Post reported. "It was beginning to impact my health on the outside as well. I was trying to be all things to all people, but I was burning out fast. And Arianna told me, in her accent, that it was time to pause. So we paused."

Huffington's new book, "Thrive," talks more about redefining success into one that is beyond money and power. She discussed the importance of self-care in the book, dedicated to Huffington's late mother, Elli, who she said is a true embodiment of the Third Metric.

"My mother was somebody who always lived life with an open heart, making connections with people, not multi-tasking, all of the things that dominate our lives now were things that she realized were not going to lead to a life of meaning and purpose," Huffington said, according to the Windsor Star. 

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