Book: “Thrive” by Arianna Huffington

My wife persuaded me to take a holiday where we just relax in the sun for 10 days. Also, we didn’t have a honeymoon when we got married on 19th July 2006 – so this was a chance to put that right.

I’m not very good at doing nothing, so I purchased “Thrive” by Arianna Huffington to read whilst I was lying beside the pool – a book recommended to me by Dan Sullivan of The Strategic Coach®.

This was one of those rare serendipity moments for me.

I have no intentions of reviewing the book; I just wanted to highlight some of the things that struck me as important and that would be of interest to some of our clients who are busy building successful businesses and careers.

Money and power have unfortunately become synonymous with “success” but Arianna Huffington very elegantly points out that there is a Third Metric, which has four vital ingredients that really resonated with me:

Well-being

“Nothing succeeds like excess” is what we are told – working longer hours, constantly chasing deadlines, missing out on sleep, remaining connected to the digital world 24/7 and multitasking to get more done in less time.

Does that sound familiar to you

The book talks about making sure that you are in the best physical, emotional, mental and spiritual condition to ensure peak performance.

The thing that hit me was how important proper sleep is. Stanford University in California did a study on the effects of sleep (or the lack of) on the performance of athletes; and they discovered that 8-10 hours of quality sleep every night produced better performance. One of the reasons is that sleep helps the human body to produce the Human Growth Hormone (HGH) legally!

Bill Clinton said that he made the worst decisions as a result of sleep deprivation; I presume that he was referring to Monica Lewinsky when he made that statement!

Wisdom

Weaving together qualities such as strength, vulnerability, creativity, nurturing, passion, discipline, pragmatism, intuition, intellect, and imagination make up our wisdom.

This chapter made me realise that I had forgotten how to tap into that inner wisdom. Like many of you, I have been through some stuff in my life and I’ve learned many things that enable me to make better choices by using my “gut instinct” instead of always trying to apply logic.

Wonder

Einstein defined wonder as a “precondition of Life.”

My wife is always reminding me to live in the moment instead of thinking about the past and planning the future – Arianna agrees and suggests three things that we should all do every day to remain in the moment and experience wonder every day of our lives.

Giving

When I read this chapter, I thought well I’m always giving but it made me realise that I need to be a “go giver” instead of a “go getter!”

The book is well worth a read and I would commend it to you: http://thrive.huffingtonpost.com

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