We could all use some inspiration. Whether you’re looking to get ahead or succeed in a certain career, to find something to reach for in life or just to move forward, sometimes the words of others can be more effective than anything else in pushing us to go the distance. In this, we are not alone.
A Little Background on Arianna Huffington
How does this need have anything to do with Arianna Huffington? If what you know about her starts and ends with her last name and the news you occasionally find online from the Huffington Post, the answer may be a simple “nothing.”
But if you dig a little deeper, past the news her site dishes out around the clock, there’s an intrinsic connection between Huffington and the idea of motivating others to reach for their goals.
Huffington is the best-selling author of titles including:
- Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being
- Wisdom and Wonder
- On Becoming Fearless…in Love, Work and Life
- The Fourth Instinct: The Call of the Soul
Some of Huffington’s best work comes in the form of published works meant to encourage others.
Born in Greece and educated at Cambridge, Huffington eventually made a move to the United States to pursue bigger opportunities. Initially known as a conservative politician who embraced some left-leaning platforms including ecological activism and corporate reform, in 2003, Huffington ran as an independent against Arnold Schwarzenegger, eventually withdrawing her ticket for the position of Governor of California.
In 2005, she went on to launch The Huffington Post online, serving as editor-in-chief. By 2008, the site known for liberal blogging along with politics, sports and business, grew to be ranked as the most powerful blog in the world by The Observer.
Huffington sold the site to AOL in 2011 for over $300 million and became president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group. Huffington has been recognized by Time magazine’s 100 list and Forbes’ ”The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.”
Huffington has proved herself more than a name behind a news organization. As a recognized politician, leader, businesswoman and author, her words speak volumes.
Below are some of the most inspirational quotes from Arianna Huffington:
“We think, mistakenly, that success is the result of the amount of time we put in at work, instead of the quality of time we put in.” Thrive
“We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes — understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.”
“We are not on this earth to accumulate victories, things, and experiences, but to be whittled and sandpapered until what’s left is who we truly are.”
“It matters, it matters very much, what each of us chooses to do. The journey toward self-discovery and self-knowledge is not only life’s highest adventure, but also the only way to transform society from one based on self-centeredness and compulsory compassion to one based on service and mutual responsibility.” Fourth Instinct
“Moving ourselves to the background and others to the foreground is evidence that the (spiritual) search is achieving its purpose.” Fourth Instinct
“Angels fly because they take themselves lightly.” Thrive
“Turn off all notifications; you should control when you want information, not the reverse.” Thrive
“Everything is connected to everything else: every rock, every living form, is infused by the same force. To say this is to put the lie to a million false dualities, to all the forced separations between spirit and mind, soul and body, God and man.” Fourth Instinct
“I can change nearly everything about myself. I can run from my children and trade in my spouse, move to another country and raise green rabbits for a living, but unless I care for my soul, I will not have changed who I am.” Fourth Instinct
“Live fuller, more complete lives, aligned with what matters: A life that isn’t defined by our salaries and résumés.” Thrive
“Like airlines, we routinely overbook ourselves, fearful of any unused capacity, confident that we can fit everything in. We fear that if we don’t cram as much as possible into our day, we might miss out on something fabulous, important, special, or career advancing. But there are no rollover minutes in life. We don’t get to keep all that time we “save.” It’s actually a very costly way to live.” Thrive
“In our daily lives, moving from struggle to grace requires practice and commitment.” Thrive
If you’re looking for a few words to help you move toward something greater, or just need a little inspiration to start your day, consider the words of Huffington listed above.
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