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Top 7 Reads From Female Founder & CEO, Arianna Huffington

Forbes called Arianna Huffington one of the world’s most powerful women. Here are the books that helped her get to where she is today.
by Vanessa Gibbs | Dec 3 2021

As the founder of the Huffington Post, the founder and CEO of Thrive Global, and an author of 15 books, Arianna Huffington has achieved a lot. But she’s also an advocate for not overworking, avoiding burn out and never skipping sleep—all while still achieving big things. How does she do it? These seven books may be her secret.

Want to learn from the same books that have inspired Huffington, but don’t have the time? There’s an app for that. As Huffington said herself:

“We think, mistakenly, that success is the result of the amount of the time we put in at work, instead of the quality of the time we put in.”

You can apply the same idea to learning. Instead of spending more time with books—time that many of us just don’t have—you can instead make the most of your learning time with Blinkist.

Blinkist gathers key insights from non-fiction books and shares them in 15-minute reads and listens. The app has over 5,000 titles to choose from across 27 categories like productivity, health and entrepreneurship.

With these bite-sized explainers, you can get all the information you need from a book in a fraction of the time it takes to read it cover to cover. Then if you want to learn more, you know which books are worth reading in full.

As well as Hufftington’s favorite titles, you can access the recommended reading lists of other thought leaders like Tim Ferriss, Oprah Winfrey, and Elon Musk. Plus, you’ll get tailored recommendations based on your own reading history, so finding your next read is quick and easy.

Discover the top books of your favorite thought leaders.

The Secret Life of Sleep by Kat Duff

Huffington is such a massive advocate of a good night’s rest she even did an interview with Oprah on it. For this reason, she recommends Duff’s book which dives into what actually happens during those—ideally—eight hours we spend in bed each night. Learn all about how biology, culture, and our unhealthy habits can affect our sleep.

Dangerously Sleepy by Alan Derickson

Did we mention she thinks sleep is important? Another recommendation from Huffington includes Dangerously Sleepy, which looks at the belief that you can’t be successful and get enough sleep each night. By exploring influential figures throughout history—from Benjamin Franklin to Thomas Edison—this title looks at the link between working too much and sleeping too little.

Mindful Work by David Gelles

Mindful Work is another meditation title, but this time it looks at the practice through the lens of work. Gelles’s book dives into mindfulness in the workplace, including the companies doing it and how it can help everyone in the office.

Reclaiming Conversation by Sherry Turkle

From unanswered emails to neverending instant messages, conversations look very different in our digital age. Turkle’s book covers how relationships with everyone from colleagues to friends to our very own children have changed because of the technology we use—and how we can make sure we’re not neglecting them.

10% Happier by Dan Harris

After having a panic attack live on air, television anchor Dan Harris found meditation helped to relieve his stress and calm his anxiety. In his book, he gives practical advice for getting into meditation and reveals the science behind why it’s so beneficial.
As Huffington herself said: “If you take care of your mind, you take care of the world.”

The Mindful Athlete by George Mumford

Sports coach George Mumford has shared his secret to high performance—mindfulness—with athletes ranging from NBA teams and basketball players. But The Mindful Athlete isn’t just for sports lovers. This title promises to teach readers how mindfulness can help their performance on the court and in the office.

The Lucky Years by Dr. David B. Agus

The Lucky Years is for anyone who wants an insight into the latest medical research and scientific advancements when it comes to our health—not to mention hacks to add years to your life. Medical doctor and bestselling author Dr. David B. Agus shares what you can do at home and what doctors can do for their patients to improve health.

Ready to tap into the same inspiration as Huffington? Here’s how you can learn from the same books even with a busy schedule.

A Book Explained in 15 Minutes

From leadership principles to marketing techniques, you can learn almost anything from books. But reading a book cover to cover takes time. Blinkist shares only the most important messages of a book, so you can access all of the key points in an easy-to-digest 15-minute explainer.

With bite-sized explainers, it’s easy to fit learning into your day—so you can make it a daily habit.

“The difference between failure and success is perseverance.”
– Arianna Huffington

As well as key insights, you’ll get interesting anecdotes, real-life case studies and actionable advice from every explainer.

Learning on the Go

Some of us learn by listening. Some of us simply don’t have 15 minutes to sit and read. To help, every explainer on the app is available in audio form. This way, you can learn from nonfiction books while commuting to work, doing chores around the house or walking the dog.

What’s more, Blinkist’s Shortcasts give you the key messages from leading podcasts, so you can learn from these in less time, too.

Apple Considers Blinkist a Top App for Lifelong Learning

Apple named Blinkist one of the top 20 apps for lifelong learning. Even Apple CEO, Tim Cook, is a fan.

And it’s not just Apple who loves the app. Blinkist has already helped millions of users — over 20 million to be exact — fit learning into their lives. It’s won awards from the likes of Google and the UN, and it’s praised by everyone from The New York Times to Forbes.

“With Blinkist you can boost your knowledge and gain new perspectives so that you can be a better professional, a better partner, or a better you.”
– The United Nations

Thousands of Titles to Choose From

Arianna Huffington’s top seven books are just the start. Blinkist has a library of more than 5000 titles to choose from. Brush up on skills you need for work—like management or entrepreneurship—or work on your personal development instead with categories like mindfulness, nutrition and relationships.

The Blinkist team adds 40 new titles each month, so even the most dedicated of learners always have something new to explore.

Want to access the knowledge in Huffington’s favorite books—and beyond? Download Blinkist to get started.

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