Personal Development

5 Things I Learned From Arianna Huffington

Written by: Brittany Grace

No, I didn’t meet Arianna Huffington, but after reading Thrive, I’ve never wanted to meet anyone more.

In Thrive, Arianna Huffington redefines success as a woman, and she reiterates the fact we don’t have to run ourselves into the ground to be successful. So remember:

Sleep more.

I’m just a fan of the hustle as the next person, but you should never compromise your sleep for anything. When you don’t sleep, your body and brain shut down. And when you shut down, you’re useless. What kind of hustle will you pulling then? Not a very productive one.

Arianna says we should be getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night. How much are you getting?

Have “walking meetings” when you can.

Arianna Huffington really stressed the importance of walking and talking throughout the book. She says it eliminates the tension of sitting in a boardroom when discussing controversial or problematic topics. People are calmer when they walk.

When you have walking meetings, you’re able to be more proactive versus reactive. You also listen more to what the other person is saying instead of just focusing on what you’re going to say next, (which we’re all guilty of doing at some point in our lives).

Keep technology away at night.

This seems like a lame no brainer, yet our last image before we fall asleep is that little rainbow Instagram icon. Arianna Huffington warns us against the damage technology can cause.


When you watch TV or play on your phone right before bed, you’re wired… literally. The bright light and information overload stimulates your mind, thus making it harder to disconnect and fall into a natural state of relaxation (aka sleep).

Give more than you get.

Arianna Huffington grew up in poverty. Her mother made her and her sister clothing to wear and they only dreamt of “the finer things”.

In Thrive, Arianna talks about how a woman complimented her mother’s brand new necklace and instead of saying thank you, Arianna’s mother took off the necklace and gave it to the woman! Can you imagine?!

Nowadays, it’s easy to get caught up in the “what’s in it for me” mentality. We’re all struggling for a spot at the top in the rat race that we often forget that giving is what life is all about.

Here’s a little secret: when you give with pure intent (no ulterior motives), you always get it back tenfold.

Arianna may have grown up in poverty, but that didn’t stop her from giving and now she’s worth $50 million.

Use social media for good.

From working in media for many years, Arianna quickly learned how influential social media was. She saw a problem with current media coverage so she used the zig zag method and climbed her way to the top by bringing awareness to issues that needed to be addressed and also sharing the awesome stuff people in the world are doing (“What’s Working”).

Psst: If you’re a blogger, I highly suggest you do this. You don’t have to make it your mission, but find a cause you’re passionate about and then blog, Tweet, Snap, or post an Instagram about it once in a while. You never know what kind of an impact it could have. 

Biggest takeaway? Overworking is not cute.

People are not going to remember how many followers you had or how many sales you made, they’re going to remember the type of person you were…

so make your legacy worth remembering.

How do you want to be remembered? Tell us below.

xx Brittany

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