“When you redefine success from meaning wealth or position to health, wisdom and giving back, you get ahead of everyone else and can truly lead, not be behind.”
– Arianna Huffington, President & Editor-In-Chief of the Huffington Post
Last week, Momentum’s marketing team headed to Boston for 3 days of keynotes and presentations from the industry’s greatest minds at Hubspot’s annual Inbound conference. Many of the topics throughout the event focused on business trends, the future of marketing, booting sales and improving customer service.
On Wednesday morning Arianna Huffington, the President and Editor-in-Chief of the Huffington Post, gave the most refreshing, insightful presentation of the entire week. Rather than focus on how to be more aggressive in business, Huffington emphasized the importance of redefining success according to what’s important to you.
“Business has become so aggressive today.” said Huffington. “With common phrases like ‘killed it,’ or ‘knocked it out,’ it’s no wonder that all we’re doing is trying to fight our way to to the top.”
Instead, Huffington suggested that we redefine success. Instead of making wealth or a high position what defines us, we should invest in our own health, wisdom and giving back. If we can do that, we will be able to get ahead and truly be a leader, not get behind because you’re run down and overworked.
Here were a few of Huffington’s suggestions for redefining success and focusing on happiness:
1. Focus primarily on your wellness. If we don’t take care of our health and human capital, nothing else really matters. Huffington made the point that when we die, no one is going to remember how much money we were worth or emphasize that we climbed our way to Senior Vice President of the company. People are going to remember your character traits, and what you did to live a complete, fulfilling life.
2. Prevent burnout and find time to rest. Burn out is the disease of our civilization. We need to make our own personal lives more “inbound” and focus on our own wellness and happiness by choosing moments to rest and relax throughout the day. As Huffington put it: It’s time to start sleeping our way to the top.
3. Decide where to invest your time. When people are asked what they wish they had more of, they most often respond with “time.” Decide that you’re going to put energy into and what you won’t. Don’t leave incomplete projects that are going to hang over your head. If you keep telling yourself that you’re going to read a book, but know you never will, take it off of your to-do list. Don’t leave incomplete tasks that are only going to make you stressed.
4. Live like life is rigged in your favor. Most people get hung up when things don’t go their way in life or at work. Huffington recalled that early on in her career, her longtime boyfriend wouldn’t marry her, and that’s why she decided to move to New York and ended up being so successful. The biggest heartbreaks and hardships open doors, and life will only make sense when you look back later. It’s important that you live as though life is rigged in your favor, and not let setbacks ruin your life and your career.
5. Accept failure as part of the process. See failure as a stepping stone to success. You can’t be successful without attempting new things — which inevitably will produce outcomes that don’t work. Huffington says life is all about how we incorporate our values into the way we live and work. If we can do that, we can change the world.
By: Victoria Fields