Book Review: Thrive by Arianna Huffington

9780804140843Disclosure: This book was provided free of charge by Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Just how far are you willing to go to achieve success? Painting a vivid picture of herself lying in a pool of her own blood after collapsing from exhaustion, this is just one of many questions Arianna Huffington had to ask herself.

Thrive: The third metric of redefining and creating a life of well-being, wisdom, and wonder is about not conforming to society’s ideology that money and power are the true measures of success. Armed with experiences, tips, and published scientific studies, Arianna Huffington challenges you to define what success means to you.

In Arianna’s quest to define what success means to her, she realized success isn’t complete with just money and power alone–it requires the Third Metric: Well-being, wisdom, wonder, and giving.

The Third Metric is all about self-care. Throughout the book, there are numerous examples of how in order to be successful, we tend to neglect ourselves and our relationships by being stressed and overworked. The Third Metric challenges that idea by saying you can find that balance of success and a happy life if we take care of ourselves–body, mind, and soul–and discover our values and what is important to us and start living our lives accordingly.

The two most significant things I took away from the book is that working myself into the ground does not help me be more productive, and it hinders my health if anything. The effects of the research and studies about how work related stress and burnout have serious consequences to your health–some even deadly–were mind-blowing because we’re so caught in status aspect of success that we don’t even consider the damage we’re doing to ourselves and our relationships. Thus, setting ourselves up for material rewards and accolades, but bankrupting our values and the really important things that humans value and need that no price tag can ever match.

I must admit while watching Arianna Huffington on her tour, I assumed from some of her conversations the book was an autobiography. However, I was just as pleased with what I read, and loved the tips included at the end of each chapter which are to help implement the Third Metric.