Nobody was making me do it, but I’d fallen into the habit of trying to achieve some higher state of success and recognition, without even knowing what that would look like when I got there. I was exhausted.
I finally took a step back, but it took me a good few years to start understanding how to balance my life – how to give myself a break, physically and mentally. This gem of a book is absolutely for anyone that’s in a similar position and looking for a reality check to guide them in a new direction.
Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post, knows a thing or two about a wake-up call; 2 years after founding the Pulitzer prize-winning news site, she collapsed from exhaustion. The realisation that she was successful in the traditional sense of money and power didn’t sit comfortably for her. Thus, her definition of the Third Metric was born – another way that we can measure a successful life – through well-being, wisdom, wonder and giving.
Huffington speaks with grace and sensitivity about instinct, gratitude, stoicism and the importance of sleep. She shares thoughts on ‘hurry sickness’ (our unhealthy need to get more done in less time) and how we should all take a little something from the Slow Thinking Movement.
A standout phrase I underlined was ‘Our attention is the fuel that drives our lives’. She encourages us to nurture, focus and share this generously, reaching out to others as a means of fulfillment.
It could be easy to dismiss a strong, powerful, supported woman giving us hints on a better way of thinking as being idealistic and out of touch, but she is none of these. Speaking from the heart, her guidance is intuitive and genuine. It speaks on a deeper level about listening to ourselves, being in the moment and taking time to understand what we really need to make us happy.
This book helps to water the seed that’s probably already planted deep down – that life’s purpose is more than just measuring ourselves against the standard success criteria. With even a little dose of the Third Metric themes, I am certain that we can all be a little happier, a little braver and a little more able to let ourselves truly thrive.