Redefining Success And Thriving with Arianna Huffington

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The common lament in these post-modern times is that there is not enough time. We’re overly busy and are overworking. We allow our gadgets, such as smart phones and tablets, to absorb our attention. We jump down the rabbit hole of emails and texting, and engage in social media letting them take up more and more of our time so we spend less and less time connecting with ourselves and with one another in deep and meaningful ways. Many studies have shown all of these things prevent us from having the time to regenerate and recharge and to tap into our innate wisdom. After suffering a fall from over-exhaustion, Arianna Huffington asked herself this question: “What is success?” She points out, “by the conventional definition of success, I was successful. I had just been chosen for Time Magazine as one of a hundred most influential people…But by any sane definition of success, I was clearly not successful. I was collapsing and finding myself in a pool of my own blood. That was the beginning of this journey for me. It was really about redefining success, both for me and for all of us.” Success in Huffington’s terms is about the quality of our well-being. It is about the wisdom and the wonder that manifests in our lives as well as the contribution we make to others. She has many suggestions as to how we can live a life of well-being, wisdom and wonder. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)


Arianna Huffington is the chair, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of many books. In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. In 2012, the site won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics.

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Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • What is the third metric of true success beyond the accumulation of money and power
  • Why women are more vulnerable to health complications due to stress than men
  • Why “burn out” is a disease of post-modern civilization
  • What is “hyperconnectivity” and how can we disengage from it
  • Why sleep is the best medicine
  • Why wisdom is more than information and data
  • Why we must educate our inner voice to be kinder
  • How we can be more mindful and present in our lives
  • How our thoughts about death and dying can stimulate a sense of wonder
  • What an amazing and wise person her mother was

Host: Justine Willis Toms      Interview Date: 2/14/2014      Program Number: 3499

Music Playlist

From Album: American Acoustic
Artist: Nancy Rumbel and Eric Tingstad
1998 Narada #72438-45862-2-5

Opening Essay: Track 08 Secrets of the Big Sky
Music Break 1:Track 02 Alligator Alley
Music Break 2: Track 03 Give and Take
Music Break 3: Track 01 Sheenandoah