Arianna Huffington brings her message of how to 'Thrive' to North San Diego Business Chamber

Sense of wonder called key to success

SAN DIEGO - Arianna Huffington's talk to the North San Diego Business Chamber luncheon was based on her 14th book "Thrive," which debuted at No. 1 on the "New York Times" bestseller list.

Several hundred turned out at Sony headquarters in Rancho Bernardo on Wednesday to hear the media mogul.

Huffington is one of the richest women in the world and the editor-in-chief of the online Huffington Post. She is proud of the new media.  

"For the first time, technology has allowed millions of people who would otherwise not have a voice to find a voice," she said.

Huffington talked about four pillars of success: well-being, wisdom, wonder and giving. She warned, "We are much better at taking care of our smartphones than we are in taking care of ourselves."

She told of collapsing from exhaustion seven years ago and that she had been too driven to succeed. A former congressional wife, she made an unsuccessful bid for California governor in 2003.

Huffington decided that she needed to spend more time sleeping, hiking and walking; in short, to make time for herself and recharge her own batteries.

"When I collapsed from exhaustion, I must have been below zero percent battery remaining and I didn't even know it," she said.

Career women were particularly attentive, with many taking cellphone photos. She is viewed as a role model.

Veronica Yepez is an investment executive. 

"Coming from a powerful woman who has been there, she's going beyond money and success, which is the constant message we get and redefining success," Yepez said.

Former NFL head coach and motivational speaker Dennis Green liked her thoughts about well-being. 

"Arianna's been through a lot in her lifetime," he said. "She's shared a lot of experience with her readers. For her to find that special place, I think everyone can relate to."

Many certainly did on this occasion.

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