Arianna Huffington addressed the 2013 graduating class of Smith College last month, advising them, “you don’t get to the top by marrying someone. A much simpler way is to sleep your way to the top.” The president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group was not exactly joking.
“I’m talking about sleep in the literal sense,” the 62-year old Greek-American explained. “I know of what I speak: In 2007, sleep deprived and exhausted, I fainted, hit my head on my desk, broke my cheekbone and got four stitches on my right eye. And even as it’s affecting our health, sleep deprivation will also profoundly affect your creativity, your productivity, and your decision-making.”
“The Exxon Valdez wreck,” Huffington said at the 142-year old all-women Massachusetts private college, “the explosion of the Challenger Space Shuttle, and the nuclear accidents at Chernobyl and Three Mile Island — all were at least partially the result of decisions made on too little sleep.”
Huffington’s charm, wit, and personal mission to fix “America’s workplace culture [that] is practically fueled by stress, sleep-deprivation, and burnout,” were big hits with the audience. Her speech, titled, “Redefining Success: The Third Metric,” instructed the women to focus on “well-being, wisdom, our ability to wonder, and to give back” as they leave Smith.
Watch Huffington’s entire speech here, and read it in its entirety at the Huffington Post.
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