Arianna Huffington’s journey from the right to the left
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You could say Thrive Global started when its founder, Arianna Huffington broke her jaw 10 years ago. After taking her daughter around college campuses all day, she was working at her desk when she felt a chill. She got up to grab a sweater and collapsed, hitting her head on the desk.
Doctors told her she was burned out. At the time, Arianna was juggling the joint stresses of an infant Huffington Post and trying to be the perfect mother.
This incident started Arianna on a journey that would be realised when eight years later she authored her 14th book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder. The book was the precursor to her latest enterprise, Thrive Global, a corporate and consumer wellbeing and productivity platform.
Her latest book, The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time, has built on this latest obsession of finding a work-life balance that she found so difficult to strike early in her career.
In 1974 Huffington embarked on a career as a writer. Her first book, published with Random House, The Female Woman (1974), looks at and critiques certain trends in women’s liberation movements.
Having also tackled Greek mythology, biographies of Picasso and opera legend Maria Callas, it was her politics that saw her career blossom. In 1980, she started to write occasionally for conservative magazine, National Review.
In the mid 1990’s, Arianna rose to prominence as her then husband and one term congressman, Michael Huffington unsuccessfully ran for Senate. As she assisted his campaign she became a regular on talk shows and was a of voice of conservatism in Comedy Central’s coverage of the 1996 U.S. Presidential Election.
Then, while working on Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher in 1997, she and the writing team were nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program at the Emmy Awards.
With TV and writing covered, Arianna co-hosted a weekly radio program where she again offered a conservative perspective.
But, by the time the Huffington Post had emerged in 2005, her conservative stance on political issues began leaning to the left, particularly on issues of ecology and corporate reform.
Her books titles over this period speak to this change: How to Overthrow the Government (April 2001), New York Times best seller Pigs at the Trough: How Corporate Greed and Political Corruption Are Undermining America (2004) and Third World America: How Our Politicians Are Abandoning the Middle Class and Betraying the American Dream (2011).
After selling the Huffington Post to AOL for US$315 million, in 2011 she became its president and Editor-in-Chief. She led the site to a Pulitzer Prize and expansion into 17 editions around the world, and it all started as a blog with liberal punditry and news aggregation.
Huffington has been recognised by Forbes on several of their famous lists, including Power Women (2016) and the first-ever list of the Most Influential Women in Media, (2009). Time Magazine included her on their list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women, in 2014.
Now, Huffington has left the Huffington Post she is an advocate of reducing stress to boost productivity, getting beyond money and power, better time management and business culture.