ARI­ANNA HUFF­IN­G­TON

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on well­ness and the power of re­peat dress­ing

Ari­anna Huff­in­g­ton founded her name­sake site, The Huff­in­g­ton Post, in 2005. Less than two years later she col­lapsed, hit­ting her head and break­ing a cheek­bone. She’s since be­come fiercely pas­sion­ate about the im­por­tance of sleep and well­ness and, in 2016, launched Thrive Global to help cor­po­ra­tions and in­di­vid­u­als en­hance well­be­ing and per­for­mance. Hav­ing raised US$7 mil­lion in Se­ries A fund­ing, the com­pany, which spe­cialises in cor­po­rate pro­grams for clients in­clud­ing Un­der Ar­mour, Ac­cen­ture and Uber, has launched an e-com­merce site and even an app which deletes your work emails when you’re on hol­i­day. Thrive Global has also part­nered with Death Over Din­ner, to en­cour­age con­ver­sa­tions about death which in turn bring more mean­ing to ex­is­tence. And, on a lighter but still se­ri­ous note, Ari­anna’s lead­ing the charge for the new power dress­ing: celebrating re­peat wears as a means to free­dom and ca­reer suc­cess. Here, she shares her in­sights from her re­mark­able life pro­gres­sion…

THE SEEDS OF THRIVE GLOBAL GO BACK TO 2007,

when I col­lapsed from ex­haus­tion. Af­ter that I be­came more and more pas­sion­ate about the con­nec­tion be­tween well­be­ing and pro­duc­tiv­ity. That led me to write my two books, Thrive and The Sleep Revo­lu­tion. And as I went around the world speak­ing about them, and the is­sues of stress, burnout and sleep de­pri­va­tion, I saw how deeply peo­ple wanted to change their lives. I wanted to go be­yond just speak­ing out and rais­ing aware­ness – I felt the need to turn this pas­sion into some­thing real and tan­gi­ble that would be­gin to help peo­ple change their daily lives. It was a call to ac­tion I just couldn’t ig­nore, and so I founded Thrive Global.

I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE POS­SI­BLE TO BUILD A START-UP AND CON­TINUE ON

as edi­tor-inchief of The Huff­in­g­ton Post. But as Thrive Global moved from an idea to a re­al­ity, with in­vestors, staff and of­fices, it be­came clear that I couldn’t do jus­tice to both com­pa­nies. I re­alised I wanted to throw my­self 100 per­cent into build­ing Thrive and help­ing ac­cel­er­ate the cul­ture shift. And so I stepped down as ed­i­torin-chief. But it was eas­ier to do know­ing what a great team was in place to han­dle the tran­si­tion.

SUC­CESS IS MORE ABOUT QUAL­ITY OF WORK THAN QUAN­TITY.

En­trepreneurs should realise that tak­ing care of their hu­man cap­i­tal will be just as im­por­tant as what­ever prod­uct or ser­vice or com­pany they’re launch­ing. Lead­ing a sus­tain­able life, and mak­ing sure their em­ploy­ees do, too, is the best way for an en­tre­pre­neur to make sure their busi­ness will be sus­tain­able. It’s like what they say on air­planes – put on your own oxy­gen mask be­fore help­ing oth­ers.

and I’m not min­imis­ing the chal­lenge, but it’s re­ally all about pri­ori­ti­sa­tion – about fig­ur­ing out what ab­so­lutely has to be done, and then giv­ing your­self time, in­stead of try­ing to do it all. It’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that try­ing to do ev­ery­thing, mostly, means do­ing noth­ing very well. The most im­por­tant re­source to a new busi­ness – or any busi­ness – is the de­ci­sion-mak­ing of the owner. And that re­source has to be safe­guarded and nur­tured just like any other re­source.

With her new WELL­NESS START-UP, this se­rial CEO and en­tre­pre­neur is teach­ing oth­ers to live a THOUGHT­FUL life – POWER dress­ing in­cluded.

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