Thursday, April 16, 2015

Book Review: Thriving on Honesty - Thrive by Arianna Huffington

The back cover of “Thrive” does an immaculate job in summing up Arianna Huffington’s message of “What does success feel like?” There is far more to life than a bigger salary and capturing a corner office. She dives into her story which starts with a major pull of a full commitment of time and mental investment that I think a lot of America can relate with:
“Arianna Huffington’s personal wake-up call came in the form of a broken cheekbone and a nasty gash over her – eye. “
To help overcome this pressure from Corporate America, she talks about the third metric which includes four pillars: well-being, wisdom, wonder, and giving. 

We are taught to work hard and not settle for anything less because we ALWAYS can do more or earn more.The Corporate America in a generalized sense doesn't care about our well being and cares about profit and efficiency. There are always exceptions to this rule, but in another book of a similar strain I heard this repeated where not 24 hours had gone by but when an employee died he was immediately replaced without a second thought. She also talks about "empty spaces" in our schedules are a necessity and not a luxury. It's easy to look at lunch as the ability to get ahead in work and not realize that doing this too often can cause harm to our mental and physical well being.

I refrain from checking my work email when I’m at home or on vacation. I’m probably in the minority, but I don’t have my work email account synced to my phone, so checking it while I’m away from the office is a very deliberate process. Of course, rules are made to be broken, and sometimes I find myself logging into my account(s). I always try to keep it as brief as possible though.
You can read more about Thrive and order the book here, and learn more about the author, Arianna Huffington, on her bio page.

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