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Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder Audible – Unabridged

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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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I chose this book after it was the subject of a panel discussion put on by my company's women's leadership network. I say this because I came into the book with a surface level understanding of the subject matter - redefining success beyond wealth and power. I very much appreciate and agree with the overall message of the book. As someone who is ambitious in her career, I tend to read a lot of books aimed at women and business, and found this to be a nice counterpoint to other books I have read lately like Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. So many books seem to define success in the same cookie cutter way that I found it refreshing to find a book that took a different stance. However, reading this, I couldn't help but wonder if it could have been a much shorter book or perhaps even an in-depth magazine article. I say this because initially when I was reading the book I found myself devouring it and excited to read the pages that followed. But as it wore on it started to feel repetitive and long winded and about 75% of the way through I found I had to skim it in order to finish it. I also found myself increasingly frustrated with how often the book quoted from other books. Don't get me wrong, I understand that in books of this nature it makes sense to leverage works that have come before you, but quickly it started to feel like most of the book came from somewhere else. It was especially annoying because many of the books are recent best sellers so I found her recounting things I had already had.

I also think it is worth caveating that it is unclear to me whether the advice in this book is really applicable to the masses.
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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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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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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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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.
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