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.