Arianna Huffington and Jeff Bezos Agree on the Key to Success
“We need to declare an artificial end to the day, because our day never ends.”
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Which health hazard accounts for 75% of health care problems
Why you shouldn’t pay much attention to your competitors
Why Arianna Huffington (literally) tucks her phone into bed at night
Arianna Huffington is the founder of the health and wellness startup Thrive Global. She is also the co-founder and former president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group. High performance psychologist Michael Gervais recently hosted her on the Finding Mastery podcast to discuss the stress epidemic gripping the world, and how we can take better care of ourselves to live more productive, fulfilling lives.
Michael: It’s an honor to have this discussion with you, because you’ve made a real dent in the world of well-being. Your focus on sleep has been significant.
Arianna: Well thank you so much. For decades we’ve thought of performance and well-being as being in opposition to each other—even “work-life balance” suggests that you have to balance the two. But the truth is that they rise and fall in tandem, and we now have the data to show that. Of course the world of elite sport has the stats to prove the impact of having a good night’s sleep, of getting to the field fully recharged.
Michael: You bring up a good point, because most people in elite sport work really hard. [But] it’s an assumption that you need to work that hard day in and day out, so we talk more about recovery than we do about training.
Arianna: The idea of rest and recovery has been so alien in the world of sports, in the world of business, in the world of achievement. We need to keep reinforcing it before we can make a real dent.
“75 percent of health care costs and health care problems are stress-related and preventable. Think of how much suffering we can alleviate.”
Human beings learn by a combination of data and stories, so we try to bring together role models who are succeeding but also taking care of themselves. For example, Jeff Bezos wrote a piece for us titled, Why Getting 8 Hours of Sleep Is Good for Amazon Shareholders. He made the connection between the amount of sleep he gets and the quality of his decisions.