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Arianna Huffington, new-media pacesetter and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group, offers advice on physical and mental well being intertwined with tales from her glamorous life. Her premise is simple: Most people structure their lives –as Huffington says she did – around the pursuit of success. But the attendant stress led to a physical collapse that, Huffington reports, served as her wake-up call about the dangers of pushing herself too hard and also led her to write this book. Given that money and power are two metrics of success, Huffington proposes a third metric of a life well spent, and it stands on four “pillars”: “well-being, wisdom, wonder and giving.” getAbstract finds that with this humanized approach to living a well-rounded life while being rich, famous, powerful and fabulous – or not – Huffington once again embodies the zeitgeist.

About the Author

Arianna Huffington, founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group, is a best-selling author and one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People.”

 

Re-Examining the Price of Ambition

As billionaires soak up so much of the available money and will only soak up more in the future, many people question the purpose of 70-hour workweeks, damaged health, and neglected spouses and kids. A growing number have concluded that they prefer a rich life – that third metric – to a life of riches, and they have backed out of the rat race, or at least turned in their numbered bibs. For them – and for many of today’s self-help and business authors – Huffington’s four pillars make a great deal of sense and offer a humanized approach to living a well-rounded life. They inform much of the online conversation today, up and down the class-and-earnings ladder.

Huffington’s ideas are timeless, and she draws on timeless sources, such as the Sufi poet Rumi and the Roman emperor and philosopher Marcus Aurelius. One measure of her commercial genius is that she convincingly aligns these sages of the ages with many contemporary issues. Recommending the thinking and work of Rumi, Aurelius, Gertrude Stein, David Foster Wallace, Goethe, Wordsworth and Aristotle to the bestseller-buying public is not a small feat. Give Huffington kudos for that. She also cites her spiritual sister, Agapi, and her mother, Elia, as inspirations. She attributes her a sense of constant wonder and awe at every aspect of daily life to her mother, who discussed Greek philosophers with her daughters in the kitchen.

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