I caught a segment of CBS’s popular daytime show, The Talk, recently and one of their guest was Arianna Huffington who is best known for her news website The Huffington Post.
In the segment, Huffington said that she strongly encourages women to “sleep your way to the top”. Had I not actually watched the segment, I would have been horrified to hear what she was saying but she was actually speaking literally. What she meant was that women should actually get more sleep and this could help them climb the imaginary ladder to the “top”.
Huffington shared a little bit of her own story about being constantly being overworked and exhausted and not getting the most out of her life.
America’s current model of of success, with its emphasis on money and power, encourages a burnout lifestyle that can drive even the most ambitious person into the ground. Looking beyond money and power to a third metric for success, whether it be well-being, wisdom or a willingness to give back, can lead to a more sustainable and rewarding life. Putting on the brakes and focusing on healthy living can be a vital ingredient for getting ahead, Arianna explained.
“The current definition of success is very male dominated,” she said. “It’s focused on burn out, sleep deprivation, and driving yourself into the ground.”
Emphasizing the importance of getting a full night’s rest, Arianna gave this essential piece of advice: “Sleep your way to the top!”