Arianna Huffington: How to succeed? Get more sleep (TED talk)

Arianna’s big idea is a really small idea, and it can unlock billions of great ideas which lie inside of us, dormant. The idea is to sleep.

A few years ago Arianna learned the hard way. She fainted through exhaustion, smacked her head on the table and broke her cheekbone. From there she began a journey of rediscovering sleep.

The way to a more productive, more inspired, more joyful life, is simply to get enough sleep. Speaking to audience mostly of females (TED Women in Washington), she says women are going to sleep their way to top. Chuckle…

Those people who you ask to do a breakfast at 8am, and they say oh that’s a little late for me, but OK… I’ll get a game of tennis in first, take a few conference calls… see you at 8. They give the impression their super productive, but they’re not.

A high IQ does not make you a good leader, and we’ve had smart leaders who are sleep deprived, and have made terrible decisions. The essence of a leader is to see the problems before they arise – to see the iceberg before it hits the Titanic. Unfortunately we’ve had too many icebergs hitting us in recent times. If Lehman Brothers had been Lehman Brothers and Sisters, they might still be around.

OK – she’s actually pretty funny.

Truth: if you don’t get enough sleep, you don’t see the big picture clearly enough. Problems occur.

This is a short talk, about four minutes, but absolutely bang on. Nice work Arianna.

(Part of TED a day for June)

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