Well that’s quite a title, isn’t it? The first time I heard this question posed was by a keynote speaker on a stage while I was attending a conference in Las Vegas. The Howes Group had been nominated for an award (humble brag) and the orator was Arianna Huffington, Founder and CEO of The Huffington Post.
In the months prior to her speaking engagement, Arianna had a profound personal experience and from that, an entire book and tour followed.
She told the story something like this:
“While I was working fifty, sixty, seventy and eighty hours to launch the Huffington Post, one day I was in my office and I found myself on the floor, in a pool of blood. I had worked myself to exhaustion and passed out, and on the way down I hit my head on the corner of my desk. I woke up, alone, on the floor, bleeding. I had cracked my cheekbone and had a gash over my eye. Not long after I began to question my definition of what success looks like.”
Arianna made a dramatic shift in where she ranked the importance of sleep in her life. To be successful, she stressed, you must be awake, bright and alive. For Arianna, there is nothing worse than being seated beside a very tired dinner guest whose conversation is extremely dull.
On that same trip The Howes Group didn’t come home with the prize, having lost to the cosmetics empire, Estée Lauder. However, I came away with a much more valuable reminder to add self-care into the mix on a regular basis.
During this month of ‘love, caring and self-care’, take some time to get a good night’s rest. It is the best thing you can do to help you achieve your dreams.