Arianna Huffington’s tip for success: ‘Women should sleep their way to the top’

Jeff Poor Media Reporter
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If you were an early trailblazer for political media on the Internet and managed to take something you founded and sell it for $315 million, one might define you as successful. And although it probably helps that you won a few hearts and minds along the way for switching sides on the political spectrum midway through your career, Huffington Post founder and editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington has her own ideas about success.

On Friday’s “Morning Joe” on MSNBC, co-panelist Donny Deutsch asked Huffington if women should embrace some of the old-school stereotypes. However, Huffington took it one step further and shared one of her tenets of success with viewers – one that might come off as a bit controversial, even if you’re joking about it as far as being a woman in “a man’s world.”

I actually have a more controversial view, which is women should sleep their way to the top,” Huffington said. “Let me explain – let me explain what I mean by that. What I mean by that — I mean literally sleep. I think women need to redefine success. We need to stop feeling that success is driving ourselves into the ground, working around the clock, never having time for yourself, never having any balance in your life and having a heart attack in your 50s.”

According to Huffington, part of that “redefining” is getting away from what conventional wisdom defines as success.

“I think it’s going to be a major, major role that women have to play,” she said. “And literally sleeping, recharging – we talk about it all the time, taking time for ourselves, making sure we do what we need to do for our families. I think we’re going to be more effective, more creative, more productive. It’s the exact opposite of the main way we’ve done things and look it’s gotten us.”