At 63-years old, Arianna is taking it down a gear (or two) and urges everyone to do the same, before it’s too late! "Success is meaningless if you've destroyed your health, and success is pretty meaningless if you've destroyed your relationships." Best-known for launching The Huffington Post in 2005 the first online newsaper, Arianna is also a best-selling author of 12 books, and one of the world’s most influential and powerful women (sat at an impressive 56th in the Forbes list).
But today, the mother of two is focusing on the smaller blessings. "There's so much beauty around us, even in the most desolate urban areas, you know? You can see a flower growing, or a sunset, or a beautiful kitten going down the street - whatever it is that gives you a lift," she says. Erm. Yeah, we’re not sure that’s how she got to be the 56th most powerful woman in the world…
Once upon a time (well, 2007) work dominated Arianna's life, and it finally caught up with her when she collapsed through sheer exhaustion, smashing her face on her desk and breaking her cheekbone. She needed five stitches - and a serious rethink of how she was living her life. "It was a shock, a wake-up call," she says, and one which she, naturally, now counts as a blessing.
Thus began her lifestyle overhaul, and her new project - The Third Metric. In a nutshell, it's about redefining success to include personal wellbeing. She came up with the Third Metric moniker as, historically, the two key metrics of success were based on money and power. "It horrifies me when I hear of people who actually sleep with their phones next to them, and wake up and check their email when it blinks - that's insanity!" she says.
Around one in five UK adults suffer anxiety or depression, NHS spending on sleeping pills has been on the rise and stress accounted for over 10 million lost workdays last year, and 40% of all work-related illnesses.
Embracing the good life is all fine and dandy though, when you're a millionaire. But what about the regular folk, who are stretched and overworked - does the Third Metric apply to them? "Absolutely, I honestly think this is not just about high achievers, but about people from all walks of life”.
Her other "little joys" she says are "listening to the country music I love, having a great cheddar cheese, you know, looking at a gorgeous bouquet of flowers". But is the businesswoman ready to start thinking about the ultimate 'up yours' to work - retirement? "No!" she exclaims, laughing. "No, I love too much what I'm doing. I've never thought of retiring."