Media mogul Arianna Huffington has written an inspirational new book titled, “THRIVE: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-being, Wisdom, and Wonder.”
In her words, this “third metric” for success calls into question the fact that,
Over time our society’s notion of success has been reduced to money and power… This idea of success can work — or at least appear to work — in the short term. But over the long term, money and power by themselves are like a two-legged stool — you can balance on them for a while, but eventually you’re going to topple over.
So this third metric that Arianna suggests we need consists of four pillars: well-being, wisdom, wonder and giving.
That’s why Arianna had nap rooms put into her Huffington Post offices. I can relate when she talks about how tempting it is for editors, reporters and engineers to try to match the non-stop news cycle that never sleeps, and risk serious burnout in the process. I’ve experienced this first hand myself with my day job at Money & Tech.
But the far more important thing than keeping up 24/7 is making sure we take breaks to rest and recharge, instead of forcing ourselves to drone on exhausted and drained, burning the candle at all ends. Because if we don’t take care of ourselves, then who will?
Part of being a Tough Cookie is taking responsibility for your own life, your own health and well-being, and making sure you balance your heart and mind, so that they are both able to weather the long, hard journey to success and self-worth.
It’s also about redefining our idea of success, so that we can quiet that annoying inner critic – or obnoxious roommate living in our head, as Arianna likes to call it – when it starts to get down on us. I’m sure as hell guilty of having a very loud and disruptive one myself. So I’m taking this lesson to heart, and I hope you will too!
Let’s cultivate a giving, heartful spirit within ourselves and our endeavors, and make an effort to embrace curiosity and empathy. That way, we can still embody sweet and soft, even while we are kicking ass and achieving our version of success. That’s so important to being a thriving, dynamic woman.
And coincidentally, that’s precisely what it means to be a Tough Cookie.