BLOG – GIFT DAY 139 :: 30 days of love: Arianna Huffington’s secret to success, sleep your way to the top

19 May

It’s DAY 9 over here of the 30 Days of Love. We’ve already had two yummy recipes and a week-long Giveaway, some treats, a sneeze, and now, some very wise words.Today, my love to share with you is the wise words of Arianna Huffington spoken at the graduation ceremony today of my alma mater, Smith College.

Listening to Arianna today brought me back to my own graduation. As she called out to the Class of 2013 to “Redefine Success” I was reminded of my graduation day and the Class of 1996.

Back then, our commencement speaker was Anna Quindlen and she rallied the crowd by saying, “Men and women need to meet in the middle.”

Spoken like a true wise woman. And such a sign of the times — sixteen years later women and men are literally meeting in the middle, sharing work and home duties as never before. My own home life is proof of this evolution – we share the cooking, laundry, bills and business duties.

But it doesn’t mean “we are there” yet as a society.

Today, Arianna broke it down for the women of Smith in a new way. 

“What I urge you to do is to lead the third women’s revolution.” 

She was referring to our current cultural definition of success — the fixed equation of money + power. Arianna’s call was for a third metric, one founded on: 

  • Wellbeing
  • Wonder
  • Wisdom
  • Empathy
“Money and power by themselves are a two-legged stool — you can balance on them for a while but eventually you’re going to topple over. And more and more people, very successful people, are toppling over.”As she described our female plight, Arianna highlighted the fact that “success the way we have defined it is no longer sustainable, for human beings or the planet,” citing that:- women have had a 40% increased risk in heart disease
– self reported stress rates have gone up by 18%

Then, she unleashed the showstopper. 

“You don’t get to the top by marrying someone, a much simpler way is to sleep your way to the top.”

Arianna was talking about the literal “SLEEP” to prevent deprivation and burnout. It was her call to action for these young women – and it should be for all of us. 

Her message and challenge for the graduating class of 2013 is to find room for WELLBEING in the definition of success. 

“So find your place to stand, you place of wisdom and strength. And from that place lead the women’s third revolution and remake the world in your own image, according to your definition of success, so that all of us, women and men, can live our lives with more grace, more joy, more empathy, more gratitude and yes, more love. So Class of 2013, congratulations. Onward, upward and inward!”

Well said, Ms. Huffington. I couldn’t agree more.  LOVE more.

More tomorrow,
Lovemore (fearless),

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4 Responses to “BLOG – GIFT DAY 139 :: 30 days of love: Arianna Huffington’s secret to success, sleep your way to the top”

  1. Diane Neal Emmons May 19, 2013 at 10:13 PM #

    Possibly dangerous headline trumpeted over good advice. Too often cramming the professions, the family and other life are traded for sleep. Can we, ‘all of us, women and men, … live our lives with more grace, more joy, more empathy, more gratitude and yes, more love’. without a revolution?
    Revolution sounds violent.
    Thanks, Jamie

    • Jamie May 20, 2013 at 7:21 AM #

      Yes, such a good point about revolutions. I suppose it takes all kinds to make progress happen, but I would opt for a happy, joyful transition too!

  2. Anonymous May 20, 2013 at 5:13 AM #

    Love these words by Arianna. An didn’t WOF have her SISTER “talk” to us just this year?

  3. MaryB May 20, 2013 at 1:25 PM #

    Loved the speech!! Thank you for sharing!!!

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