The Huffington Post’s famous founder, Arianna Huffington, is off and running towards her next big adventure. She has stepped down from her position as Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning online publication to share a message of health and well-being with the world.
Arianna Huffington has worked to influence thought and culture for over four decades. She is the author of 15 books, many of which have challenged norms over the years. Most recently, her books Thrive and The Sleep Revolution have stood up to the American cultural norm of working ourselves to the point of exhaustion and (in her own case) physical collapse. As a busy mother whose career has spanned writing to politics and publishing to entrepreneurial ventures, she has seen the dark side of overwork and lived to tell about it.
Up until recently, her namesake online publication had been the jewel in her crown. The Huffington Post is famous for changing the way we consume and publish news. After its launch in 2005, it steadily grew in popularity, edging out long-standing publications to become one of the most popular news sites of our time. It also won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. But when she moved towards the next step in her journey—towards a business that promotes thriving in our lives and work—she found she had to quickly follow her own advice. According to the announcement on the new company site—Thrive Global—Huffington chose to step away from the HuffPost for a very good reason:
“Since publishing Thrive and then The Sleep Revolution, I’ve dreamt of taking the next big step to help transform the way we work and live,” Arianna Huffington said. “When I decided to create Thrive Global, I thought it would be possible to build a startup and continue as editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post. Today, it’s clear that was an illusion. As Thrive Global moved from an idea to a reality, with investors, staff, and offices, it became clear to me that I simply couldn’t do justice to both companies. Change is desperately needed if another generation is to avoid the burnout that all too often comes with success today. That’s why I’m filled with excitement at the prospect of devoting the rest of my life to accelerating the culture shift away from merely surviving and succeeding to thriving. Running both companies would have involved working around the clock, which would be a betrayal of the very principles of Thrive I’ve been writing and speaking about. To truly thrive means knowing when the time has come to close one chapter and start the next, and for me that time has arrived.”
Thrive Global, which is set to launch after the elections, is a platform dedicated to well-being and productivity. It is set to stem the tide of what the company is calling a global pandemic of stress and burnout. With trainings, seminars, courses and coaching they hope to change the way we live so that our work can be productive without costing us our health. The site intends to support its audience so that they can take micro-steps from learning to living and, of course, thriving.