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05/05/2015 11:26 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Arianna Reveals The Best Pieces Of Advice She's Ever Received

Arianna Huffington often has people asking her for advice, especially when it comes to how to thrive both personally and professionally. (She's even teaching a six-week eCourse on the subject.) But what are the words of wisdom that Arianna herself has turned to on her journey to success? In the above video, she tells #OWNSHOW about the unforgettable pieces of advice that have helped her pave her own path, as well as shares some of her own philosophies about how we can lead less stressful and more fulfilling lives.

How to Get Through Difficult Times

Life's difficulties, large and small, can cause many people to get "stuck," give up or lose hope -- but not Arianna. She credits her mother, Elli, for teaching her the notion that even in life's most difficult moments, there is something wonderful waiting around the corner. One particular quote from the poet Rumi was among Elli's favorites, and it has stuck with Arianna for years:

"Live life as though everything is rigged in your favor."

When Arianna finds herself facing challenges or heartbreak, she uses this advice to help find the strength to continue moving forward. "I kept remembering that there's a hidden blessing somewhere," she says. "Even when things are darkest, I know there will be light."

How to View Failure

On her own path to success, Arianna has experienced her share of failures, which she has spoken about candidly in the past. For example, when she was shopping around her second book, it was rejected 36 times. Even one failure has the possibility of derailing one's dream, never mind 36, but Arianna has an interesting way of looking at "failure" so that it keeps her focused.

"See failure as not the opposite of success, but as a stepping stone to success," she says, again quoting her mother. "That way, when we fail, when we are rejected, we don't see this as the end."

How to Integrate Work and Life

Work-life balance is a hot topic these days, but Arianna believes that in order to achieve this, we have to rethink what it actually means. For starters, she says, "work-life integration" is a much better description.

"'Balance' makes us think that it's going to be 50/50, [like] we'll be able to spend equal time at work or at home," she explains. "The truth is life isn't like that... The important thing is your life and your work [are] integrated, by which I mean, are you consistently exhausted and burned out, or are you taking enough time to sleep, to meditate or renew yourself in whatever way works for you?"

How to Recognize When You're Burnt Out

Arianna says the key is to recognize when you've spread yourself too thin. To do this, she emphasizes the importance of listening to your body's cues when you are too tired.

"We've all gotten so used to being perpetually tired that we consider it the new normal," she says. "We are much more aware of how much battery remains in our smartphones than how much battery we have left.

"Once we become aware of the signs," she continues, "we can learn to course-correct much faster, so that stress and exhaustion don't become cumulative."

More advice: Join Arianna's eCourse to learn how to truly thrive. "Every week, we focus on two steps -- it's a total of 12 steps -- that can take us from where we are now to thriving. We make them very simple," she says. "And we have great guest teachers. Week 1 is Kobe Bryant."

Registration for Arianna's eCourse ends Sunday, May 10, so sign up now.

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BEFORE YOU GO

  • 1 Get 30 minutes more sleep than you're getting now.
    Unless you are one of the wise few who already gets all the rest you need, you have an opportunity to immediately improve you
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    Unless you are one of the wise few who already gets all the rest you need, you have an opportunity to immediately improve your health, creativity, productivity and sense of well-being. Start by getting just thirty minutes more sleep than you are getting now. The easiest way is to go to bed earlier, but you could also take a short nap during the day -- or a combination of both.
  • 2 Move your body.
    Walk, run, stretch, do yoga, dance. Just move. Anytime.
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    Walk, run, stretch, do yoga, dance. Just move. Anytime.
  • 3 Introduce five minutes of meditation into your day.
    Eventually, you can build up to fifteen or twenty minutes a day (or more), but even just a few minutes will open the door to
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    Eventually, you can build up to fifteen or twenty minutes a day (or more), but even just a few minutes will open the door to creating a new habit -- and all the many proven benefits it brings.
  • 4 Listen to your inner wisdom.
    Listening to your inner wisdom, let go of something today that you no longer need -- something that is draining your energy w
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    Listening to your inner wisdom, let go of something today that you no longer need -- something that is draining your energy without benefiting you or anyone you love. It could be resentments, negative self-talk or a project you know you are not really going to complete.
  • 5 Start a gratitude list.
    Start a gratitude list that you share with two or more friends who send theirs to you.
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    Start a gratitude list that you share with two or more friends who send theirs to you.
  • 6 Disconnect from your devices.
    Have a specific time at night when you regularly turn off your devices -- and gently escort them out of your bedroom. Disconn
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    Have a specific time at night when you regularly turn off your devices -- and gently escort them out of your bedroom. Disconnecting from the digital world will help you reconnect to your wisdom, intuition and creativity. And when you wake up in the morning, don't start your day by looking at your smartphone. Take one minute -- trust me, you do have one minute -- to breathe deeply, or be grateful or set your intention for the day.
  • 7 Focus on your breath.
    Focus on the rising and falling of your breath for ten seconds whenever you feel tense, rushed or distracted. This allows you
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    Focus on the rising and falling of your breath for ten seconds whenever you feel tense, rushed or distracted. This allows you to become fully present in your life.
  • 8 Pick an image that brings you joy.
    Pick an image that ignites the joy in you. It can be of your child, a pet, the ocean, a painting you love -- something that i
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    Pick an image that ignites the joy in you. It can be of your child, a pet, the ocean, a painting you love -- something that inspires a sense of wonder. And any time you feel contracted, go to it to help you expand.
  • 9 Forgive yourself and let go of judgments.
    Forgive yourself for any judgments you are holding against yourself and then forgive your judgments of others. (If Nelson Man
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    Forgive yourself for any judgments you are holding against yourself and then forgive your judgments of others. (If Nelson Mandela can do it, you can, too.) Then look at your life and the day ahead with newness and wonder.
  • 10 Indulge in small acts of kindness.
    Make small gestures of kindness and giving a habit, and pay attention to how this affects your mind, your emotions and your b
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    Make small gestures of kindness and giving a habit, and pay attention to how this affects your mind, your emotions and your body.
  • 11 Allow and embrace random personal connections.
    During your day make a personal connection with people you might normally tend to pass by and take for granted: the checkout
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    During your day make a personal connection with people you might normally tend to pass by and take for granted: the checkout clerk, the cleaning crew at your office or your hotel, the barista in the coffee shop. See how this helps you feel more alive and reconnected to the moment.
  • 12 Put a skill or talent to good use.
    Use a skill or talent you have -- cooking, accounting, decorating -- to help someone who could benefit from it. It'll jumpsta
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    Use a skill or talent you have -- cooking, accounting, decorating -- to help someone who could benefit from it. It'll jumpstart your transition from a go-getter to a go-giver, and reconnect you to the world and to the natural abundance in your own life.
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