Last night at The Jefferson, Constance Milstein, Gail MacKinnon and Rachel Pearson hosted Arianna Huffington in celebration of her new book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder.
Huffington wrote Thrive after a fall brought on by exhaustion and a lack of sleep sent her to the hospital.
“The motivation for writing the book was my own burnout, and then looking around and seeing how many millions are burned out. And then, asking the questions that we stop asking after college, ‘What is the good life? What is success?’ And if you think about it, we define success, in search of these two metrics of money and power, and in this town, especially power. And this is like trying to sit on a two legged stool. Sooner or later you fall off. Nothing wrong with these two metrics. It’s just that you need the third leg of the stool.”
Longtime friend of Huffington, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) introduced the author, and referenced a commencement address she offered Smith College and the typical speeches graduates hear.
“No one ever on their death bed ever said, ‘I wish I had spent more time at the office.’ But I don’t know if that’s true because I’m sure there’s someone on their death bed who said, ‘I wish I spent more time in the office…in my 30s. Cause then I might have made something of myself.’ Or, you hear sometimes that, ‘When one door closes, another door opens.’ But sometimes, that door is a trap door. Here’s another one thing, ‘It’s lonely at the top.’ It’s not lonely. It’s much, much lonelier at the bottom. And sometimes when that trap door opens, it is to that place at the bottom, that lonely, lonely place.”
In attendance: WaPo’s Helena Andrews and Jackie Kucinich, SKD’s Kelley McCormick, NBC’s Betsy Fisher Martin, TIME’s Jay Newton-Small, ABC’s Polson Kanneth, Capitol File’s Elizabeth Thorp, BuzzFeed’s Benny Johnson, Katelyn Rieley, CNN’s Matt Dornic and Erin McPike, HuffPost’s Steve Calabria, Sujata Mitra, Ryan Grim, Stephen Calabria, Amanda Tekrel, Arthur Delaney, Zach Carter, Ryan Reilly, Christina Wilkie Sumner, Jon Ward, and Herbie Ziskend, John Coale, Hollywood on the Potomac’s Janet Donovan, The Hill’s Judy Kurtz, Chicago Sun-Times Lynn Sweet, Catherine Reynolds, former Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States Said Tayeb Jawad and Shamim Jawad, Buffy Cafritz, and Marlene Hall.