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Arianna Huffington: “Sleep your way to the top…”

Arianna Huffington, the guest speaker at Tuesday’s Washington Women’s Leadership Initiative luncheon, talks  in aphorisms:

“If somebody works 24/7, there is a problem,” she tells the audience of about 150 (overworked) women (and a smattering of men).

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“Live life as if everything is weighted in your favor,” she says in her slightly mysterious Greek accent.”Your bedroom should be a device-free zone.”

“You can’t go fly fishing and check your iPhone at the same time.”

And so on.

It’s all part of a lean-back message that Huffington is taking on the road with Morning Joe’s Mika Brzezinski this spring with events planned in New York, Washington and Los Angeles. The focus will be on redefining women’s success to include well-being, wisdom, wonder, compassion and will feature several stratospherically successful women speakers like Katie Couric and Julianne Moore. The thrust of it? Women shouldn’t just survive in the workplace, they should thrive. (That, incidentally, is the title of Huffington’s new book: “Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom and Wonder.”)

Most memorably, Huffington urges the assembled luncheon group: “Sleep your way to the top. Four hours is not enough.” She is a big advocate of naps and of dreaming up ways to reshape the workplace that men have designed.

The multimillionaire’s message to those men? “You’re going to be so grateful when we change things.”

Frances Stead Sellers is senior writer at The Washington Post magazine. She joined the magazine in 2014 after spending two years as the editor of the daily Style section, with a focus on profiles, personalities, arts and ideas.



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