Arianna Huffington Talks Business in Las Vegas
July 22, 2013 Leave a comment
Arianna Huffington is an author, entrepreneur, and co-founder and editor in chief of The Huffington Post. She spoke at the PBA Beauty Forum held during Cosmoprof at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on July 14th.
Huffington learned a lot from her mother. “She used to say, ‘Failure is not the opposite of success—it’s the stepping stone to success.” When she first launched The Huffington Post, it was called ‘an unequivocal failure’ in a review. While that may seem like a stepping stone towards failure, just a year later the writer apologized. They even asked her for an chance to write for her site. “I said yes, because I think the worst thing you can do in business is hold grudges,” she said.
“Now we define success by money and power, but we should be defining it by wellbeing and health,” she says. “There are some very smart leaders who are making terrible decision.” Some of these bad decisions she blames on stress and lack of sleep, but believes that there are shifts occurring in the corporate world.
She has advocated for the past couple years the importance of getting enough sleep. “Since I pushed myself to get 7-8 hours of sleep, I’ve found I’m more productive, effective and joyful,” she says. At her corporate offices, she created two napping rooms. At first people laughed, but now they are constantly being used.
“What we want from employees is their attention, not just their time,” says Huffington. “Wouldn’t you rather have someone whose giving you 100 percent?”