Arianna recently sat down for a discussion with Amy Chua, a professor at Yale Law School and author of the books "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" and "The Triple Package." The two came together for an event at Yale entitled Strive Meets Thrive and spoke about Arianna's new book "Thrive: The Third Metric To Redefining Success And Creating A Life Of Well-Being, Wisdom, And Wonder."
"I am really excited that this has been called Strive Meets Thrive, rather than Strive vs. Thrive, because I really profoundly believe that there is no contradiction. Thrive is not against hard work or striving or big dreams or big accomplishments. It's about nurturing our human capital, so that actually we're even more effective at accomplishing all our dreams," said Arianna.
She went on to explain, "I feel this is an amazing moment for this conversation, because of two kind of mega-trends colliding. One is a growing recognition that the world the way it has been designed is unsustainable. That it's not working for women, it's not working for men, it's certainly not working for polar bears. And that we need to redesign workplaces, redesign the way we approach work, redefine what success is. And the second trend is that now for the first time we have an amazing amount of scientific findings validating ancient wisdom. So while, even two, three years ago, things like meditation and sleep and pauses were seen as new-agey, flakey California, you know, now we see them as performance enhancement tools."
Arianna recalled a story from seven years ago in which she woke up in a pool of blood in her office after collapsing from exhaustion. She described the incident as a "wake-up call."
"And that's what started me to redefine success, to go beyond the first two metrics that our culture basically has reduced success to: money and power slash recognition, fame, etc... to include a third metric which includes well-being, wisdom, wonder and giving."
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