‘There is more to life than increasing its speed’ – Mohandas Ghandi
So I got to listen to Arianna Huffington speak last week. As one of the 100 most powerful people in the world, when she has something to say, its going to make waves. Hosted by the School of Life, she was interviewed about her new book ‘Thrive’ by the remarkable Tazeen Ahmed, the BAFTA nominated broadcaster.
What defines success in our modern society? Money and Power it seems. Arianna Huffington suggests there is a 3rd element often neglected. It might sound obvious to say, but what about mental and physical health and well-being? What good is money is you have no time to spend it because you are working 14 hours a day to earn it? What good is power if you’ve worked yourself into exhaustion and barely have the energy to get out of bed?
Arianna Huffington had both money and power but had a rude awakening when she came to in a pool of her own blood having collapsed from exhaustion. This is not a success. What are we willing to sacrifice to obtain money/power?
So she went back to the drawing board. Retreating into the ideas of the great philosophers and inspirational figures in her life, her inspiring mother for one.
The result of all this pondering was ‘Thrive’, for which she spoke passionately and convincingly. I’m sold, life is way too short to neglect your mind and body. Thrive is on my reading list, if its on yours let me know.
Her talk will be added to the School of Life’s youtube site soon:
In the mean time check out her TED talk on the effects of sleep!
Also take a look at all the other brilliant events hosted by the School of Life here: