to get ahead? Get more sleep, Huffington says
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[June 04, 2014]
By Nigel Stephenson
HAY-ON-WYE Wales (Reuters) - Money
and power are all well and good but if you really want to live a
successful life, get more sleep and turn the phone off.
That was the message from Arianna Huffington, founder of the
online Huffington Post and one of the world's most prominent -
and wired-in - businesswomen, to an audience at the Hay Festival
of literature and arts, which ended on Sunday.
Political and business leaders across the world, and the people
who work for them, are often living lives of sleep deprivation
and burnout in pursuit of the two traditional measures of
success - money and power, Huffington said.
But those who chase these two goals alone are likely to come
crashing down. "This is like trying to sit on a two-legged
stool. Sooner or later you fall off," she said.
Huffington should know. Seven years ago, she collapsed from
overwork and exhaustion, banging her head as she fell.
"By any sane definition, when you come to in a pool of your own
blood ... you are not successful," she said on Saturday at the
book festival in Wales.
The first result of what she calls her wake-up call was to get
more sleep. "It's like a miracle drug," she said.
The Huffington Post newsroom includes two "nap rooms" where
journalists can grab 40 winks.
Many in today's hectic working world wear their busy-ness like a
badge of honor, Huffington said. Instead, the weary make
mistakes and their creativity is blunted.
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Too many of us are glued to mobile devices in a bid to get ahead in
an increasingly interconnected world.
Huffington has captured her thoughts on how to live a better life in
a book "Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating
a Happier Life", which was published in March.
The book recommend four things: wellbeing, including a good night's
sleep, a capacity for wonder, wisdom and giving.
Apart from the nap rooms, the Huffington philosophy manifests itself
in the Huffpost newsroom in other ways: when employees are not
working, they are not expected to check their emails - the office
will call or text if necessary.
And, said Huffington, all Huffpost managers have specific hiring
instructions - "no brilliant jerks allowed".
(Editing by Michael Roddy and Robin Pomeroy)
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