Over the last several decades, American success has been defined by how much money you make, as well as the things you are able to accumulate. With inflation causing increased food, fuel, education and healthcare costs, it’s no wonder why it is so challenging keeping up with the big earners. Furthermore, landing a decent-earning job makes the situation much more difficult. When the average family is facing difficulties simply making ends meet, one has to wonder how financial success can ever be fully achieved. Lack of success creates more stress, wrecking health and personal relationships.
Herein lies the problem: in a culture that relies on money for success, it is statistically impossible for everyone to achieve the millionaire dream. Still, even workers who make enough to “live comfortably” are still not regarded as highly as those who make millions. With such high expectations, few are ever really regarded as successful.
But here is the real million-dollar question: Does success really depend on money? Arianna Huffington, the renowned writer and editor-in-chief of the “Huffington Post” has certainly had her share of monetary success. However, after she suffered a falling accident attributed to exhaustion, Huffington pursued to rethink the American norm of success. In writer’s fashion, the already-published author decided to write another book to make readers question everything they know about American definitions of success. In “Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom and Wonder”, the author evaluates money and power as the downfalls to individual wellness.
“Thrive” is a personal story about Huffington’s struggles with time-management and the impacts of conventional success on her health. However, the lessons she takes from her accident and the wake-up call she received thereafter can teach all workers about the downsides of American success. Furthermore, readers can learn to redefine success for themselves. Money continues to be the ultimate goal for many people in the American culture, when other aspects matter more: namely, health, personal relationships, enlightenment and giving.