Arianna Huffington didn’t become a household name overnight. The Huffington Post and Thrive Global, both of which she founded, didn’t become successful overnight. Neither did she make it to Forbes' List of Most Powerful Women and Time’s List of Most Influential People overnight.
But here’s the catch: She accomplished each of these things and more, all with her hard work and perseverance. She’s one of the most well-known and successful women icons out there, and an inspiration and a motivation to countless women, and men. And her life’s work proves that success isn’t limited to a few lucky people: it’s there for all, only if you know and play the rules right. Read on, to find out what Arianna Huffington’s rules of success are.
10 Don't Be Afraid Of Failure
For a society that demands everyone to be successful, we tend to penalize failure a lot. And that’s unfortunate, as most great leaders will tell you, that failure is indeed a stepping stone to success. That you can’t be successful, unless you’ve failed plenty of times.
Even Arianna Huffington swears by it. She says, “Failure is not the opposite of success; it’s part of success.” So whatever your game plan is, remember it’s okay to make mistakes and start afresh. Plans can go haywire, but that doesn’t mean you’ll give up. Try, and try again, till you get there.
9 It Is The Quality Of Work That Matters, Not The Quantity
Many of us are under the delusion that if we work hard every day, eventually success will find us. But that’s only the part of the truth. Working hard does pay off yes, but there’s a quicker and easier shortcut: work smart.
As Arianna Huffington so wisely said, “We think mistakenly, that success is the result of the amount of the time we put in at work, instead of the quality of the time we put in.” You can still be successful if you work 5 hours a day, instead of a 9-5 but the trick is to use those 5 hours as wisely and as productively as you can.
8 Take Risks
Playing it safe won’t take you far. If you’re striving for greatness, you really have to believe that that’s what you are capable of and take risks to get there. In the game of life, you win by playing your cards right and that means you have to take risks here and there, without being afraid.
In fact, instead of dwelling on the negatives, pretend for once that you’re really lucky and destined for greatness. Remember Arianna Huffington’s words “live your life as if everything is rigged in your favor” and swear by it and believe it.
7 Make Your Own Definition Of Success
It’s an open secret that we all want to be successful. But we don’t all want the same things. Not all of us want to be millionaires with a dozen mansions and a collection of fancy cars. We all have our own definitions of success, of what makes us well and truly happy.
Take some time out to separate your own goals from what society expects of you. Remember what Arianna Huffington said: “Don’t buy society’s definition of success because it’s not working for anyone.” Find your own definition of success and strive towards it.
6 Remember What Truly Matters
Often, in our desperate journey to be successful, we tend to forget the people and the values and the things that truly matter to us. Sacrificing one’s mental peace and happiness for a six-figure salary or giving up the things that you care about for some distant goal isn’t worth it.
As Arianna Huffington succinctly puts it, “To live the lives we truly want and deserve, and not just the lives we settle for, we need a third measure of success that goes beyond money and power, and consists of four pillars: well-being, wisdom, wonder, and giving.”
5 Always Have A Plan
The way to success is a relatively simple path. Decide what you want. Make a step-by-step plan on how to achieve it, the more detailed the better. Go about it, and make adjustments wherever necessary.
In short, you can’t be successful without knowing what exactly you are chasing after. And the corollary is: you need a plan of action to fulfill your dreams. As per Arianna Huffington’s maxim: “Vision without execution is hallucination.” Need inspiration to get started? Go ahead and make a vision board of how you’d like your life to be like in the next five years!
4 Don't Be A Perfectionist
Arianna Huffington once said, “The fastest way to break the cycle of perfectionism and become fearless is to give up the idea of doing it perfectly – indeed to embrace uncertainty and imperfection.” At the end of the day, we’re all human. We all have our share of making bad choices, taking the wrong decisions, messing up big time and so on. And you know what? That’s okay.
Arianna Huffington didn’t get to where she is, without a few stumbling blocks her way. Perfection is a worthy goal to strive for, but don’t always expect to reach it. Be realistic and celebrate how far you’ve come.
3 Self-Care Is Very Important
Don’t let your desire for money and materialism make you neglect the most important thing there is: yourself. Don’t fall into bad eating habits, neglect your hygiene or cut down on your mental satisfaction in your quest to fulfill your ambitions.
Your mental and physical health is of the utmost importance, because without it, you won’t be able to enjoy the fruits of labor. And guess what? Taking time-outs to recharge and relax will actually boost your productivity. If it works for Arianna Huffington, it will also work for you: “I find that I am much more creative when I’ve actually taken care of myself.”
2 Give Back To Society
Remember that you’re a part of a society, a society that fostered you and nurtured you and provided the tools to get to where you are. Neither you nor your success can be isolated from it. So don’t just take from it: make sure you give something back.
You’ll notice that successful people are the most humble and giving: that’s because they are grateful and they know that it wouldn’t have been possible without the support of so many other people. So don’t be blinded by your privileges. As Arianna Huffington puts it: “The happiest people are the most giving.”
1 Conquer Your Fears
Many of us don’t get to where we want, because we’re too afraid of getting started, of taking the first step outside our comfort zone. If we really want to make a change in our lives, we have to face our fears.
In fact, we have to be brave and go at it, even as we are afraid, for only then can we conquer our demons. As Arianna Huffington puts it, “Fearlessness is not the absence of fear. It’s the mastery of fear. It’s about getting up one more time than we fall down.” If you’re ever in doubt, just remember her words: “You have to do what you dream of doing even while you’re afraid.”