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139 of 165 people found the following review helpful
Format: Audible Audio Edition
Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington is a truly inspiring and refreshing book everyone should read. The deluge of books for reviews almost prevented me from having a look. I am glad I managed to squeeze in time to discover what this book is all about.

In the book, Huffington spells out how one can live a great and healthy life. Her insightful advice coupled with her wonderful writing style makes the book really enjoyable. Her sage and sane advice about getting enough sleep, meditations and shifting one's core values beyond the control of money and power is truly life-changing and thought-provoking. This, in essence, is "the third metric." It is an attempt to redefine success and create a vibrant life full of wisdom and wonder.

One important aspect of the book is its advice to unplug from technology and social media. In a world hooked to the social media such advice may seem ill-conceived but from Huffington's perspective it is badly needed. Though the book has its own shortcomings, I honestly believe that many readers will take some of the advice to heart and be inspired to redefine success, create a life of well-being, wisdom and wonder the Arianna Huffington-way.
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85 of 101 people found the following review helpful
on March 25, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This is a brilliant book full of practical wisdom for dramatically improving your life. So many of the facts and stories shared here remind you of things that just got away from you in all the stress and time famine we deal with today: you forgot to be intentional, to sleep, to linger in the moments that matter with full presence, to be more understanding and empathetic and giving with others, to have a full life of fun and wonder outside of your inbox, to say "no" so that you don't drive your life into the ground. These might sound like common sense takeaways, but we all know that common sense is not always common practice. Sanity on the path to success, it turns out, is a choice. With all its tips on mindfulness, self-control, productivity, forgiveness, and giving, this book is a great roadmap for that journey.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on April 28, 2014
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
I am not through reading the book. I ordered the book before it hit the market after watching her being interviewed about the book. I had to put the book down because it was too much storytelling for me. I wish it was more concise. I admire Ms. Huffington and she is very honest in the book. I do believe that we need to redefine how we measure success. I retired from a fortune 500 company after 30 years, putting in the long hours and unused weeks of vacation.The $$'s and benefits were great, but once you're gone, you realize that all that stress and time spent for the sake of a company's bottom line, is not the best way to live. A good career is admirable but our personal and family life deserve the best of us.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on May 15, 2014
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
Not at all what I expected. Really boring. All I got from this book is "sleep a lot" I basically skipped pages and pages of boring, boring, boring. Waste of money and time.
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226 of 289 people found the following review helpful
on May 2, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I will save you $15 by giving you a Cliff's notes synopsis of this book. A friend previewed this book for a possible selection for our book group, in the non-fiction category. She thought it was awful and I agreed.
Huffington fell and hit her head, and in a moment of clarity she decided to make her life more meaningful, write a book and make more money. She suggests:

1. Don't work so hard! Money is not all that important. (Although I do not see AH giving away all her money now that she has found peace ) This only applies to millionaires who do not suffer when their income drops from six million to only five or so. She does not have any practical tips for all of us out here who work way too hard just to make expenses. And if we take the luxury of working less, we will be out of a job.

2. Don't be so hard on your employees and make them work dreadful overtime. No comment.

3. Learn to meditate and develop natural peace. (Again, this is expensive and it helps to have full time housekeepers )

4. Enjoy the ride, don't stress out , learn to live in the moment, cut out activities that waste your time.

5. Oh, and THE THIRD METRIC! It sounds like AH has found the MEANING OF LIFE ! A gimmick to sell this awful book. This is all it is: When you are just out of college and are working so hard to get ahead, you will think of others as competition. Do not waste this time in your life by working all the time. Enjoy being poor! It is better than realizing later that money does not define success. That is all the THIRD METRIC is.

There are dozens of good books that have the same message with loads more practical tips and actually apply to everyone, not just mega-rich women who will still be mega-rich even though she has decided to slack off and enjoy her life more. One that is much better on practicalities is Dale Carnegie's "Enjoy Your Life and Job." A more philosophical one, and excellent is Frankl's "Man's Search for Meaning".
We are choosing another book for our group.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 2014
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
Other than the author's truly touching comments and anecdotes concerning her mother, this book reads like it was ghost written by a speech writer. Lots of well chosen and valuable quotations with the depth of a young-adult review of great thinkers. Recommended for high school sophomores.
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on June 16, 2014
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I really wanted to finish the book since I paid for it but I just could not do it. Half way through it and basically it's the same one paragraph rewritten 5,000 different ways. Each paragraph restates what the paragraph before that said... and the one before that.... and....you get the idea. Good grief! It was horrible.
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52 of 67 people found the following review helpful
on March 25, 2014
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This is a really wonderful book about rethinking our ideas of success! Arianna shares her life transforming vision of a world that focuses on compassion, happiness, and paying attention to the important things in life. It’s very well written and incredibly researched.

Some of the research you read in this book will have the potential to massively change the outcome of your life.

This book covers a tremendous amount of ground; it looks into compassion, happiness, stress, and the consequences of not using our attention correctly. The information on incorporating healthcare initiatives into corporations could save businesses a tremendous amount of money. She talks about how the Huffington Post is using meditation, yoga, and has nap rooms.

This book brilliantly addresses burnout, which seems to be one of the number one problems in the workplace. She covers some fascinating research on how much time we spend checking emails and what it’s doing to our well-being. She also offers solutions on dealing with the problem.

She discusses the importance of stepping away from technology, to reboot, and gives the research to why this is essential to our health.

This book will probably teach you things about life that you’ve never read in any other book.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on June 22, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Really? Now that you have all the money you will ever need and that your family will ever need and now that basically you will never have to work again for money, now you tell us that money is not important? Really?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2014
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
This book was. Good reminder regarding living a life that has balance. It was a little existential for my taste and could have been much shorter, while still conveying a powerful message.
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