For the July Virtual Book Club we decided to check out Thrive by Arianna Huffington. Given that we both work in the digital space, we were curious to read about what a successful business woman in our space thinks it takes to thrive in life.
Overall Pop Rating (1 to 5 stars, more stars the better we thought it popped!)
B: 3.25. Thrive is honest, real, and approachable. Arianna fills the pages with a combination of survey data, other research studies and personal stories from family and friends, which I found to be both good and bad. While it is always good to support your statements/opinions, sometimes you can over do it. In certain chapters I got lost in the facts and had trouble remembering what she was trying to prove.
T: 3. The key messages in this book were something that definitely resonated with me since she talks about meditation, need for sleep, addiction to devices, and importance of volunteering. While I didn’t think any of her points were original, I appreciated how she presented them with research to back them up.
Why were you drawn to read this book?
B: Giving all the credit to Tiffany for this one as I wasn’t initially drawn to read. In fact, I was skeptical and made the mistake of reading reviews, which kept me feeling skeptical. But, I decided to give it a shot and I am glad I did!
T: A coworker told me she read it and really enjoyed it. She mainly told me about how Arianna gave herself a sleep challenge to go to bed at a certain time every day and I was very interested in how someone like Arianna was able to achieve that.
What is one thing that you will take away from this book?
B: That no one has it all figured out. Given who she is, and the resources at her disposable, I felt Arianna opened up and was vulnerable with the reader, which in turn made me feel like I could relate to her. In one chapter, speaking as a career woman (her) to a career woman (me) I felt she was directly calling me out on some of my bad habits (like multitasking or trying to get by on too little sleep…), and giving me tangible suggestions to create new habits. I mean if she can put the phone down, why can’t I?!
T: Two things. First, she talks about how devices “make it hard to settle into serious conversations with ourselves and with other people because emotionally, we keep ourselves available to be taken away from everything.” This really resonated with me and I want to do a better job disconnecting from my devices and being present. Second, she pointed to how we focus on all the wrong things – more money, more things, better job, etc. in life and those are not the things that matter in the end of your life. Again, more food for thought for me on how to live this!
Who would you recommend this book to?
B: Women, for whether you work inside or outside the home, Arianna has an interesting perspective on what it takes to be a woman in today’s society.
T: Someone like me who’s interested in living their best life and looking for some practical tips to do so.