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Arianna Huffington's Strong Life and Leadership Advice

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author image Jess Barron
Jess Barron is head of editorial at LIVESTRONG.COM.She has appeared on MSNBC's "The Most," ABC News Now, and XM satellite radio. Barron's writing has appeared on Wired.com, Yahoo! and Poprocks.com.
Arianna Huffington's Strong Life and Leadership Advice
LIVESTRONG recently met with Arianna Huffington to get her advice for anyone who wants to be a strong leader or simply to live a successful life of balance. Photo Credit Adam Valencia/LIVESTRONG.COM

Huffington Post founder and Thrive Global founder and CEO Arianna Huffington has published 15 books including 2016's "The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time." On Thursday, September 28 Huffington will deliver the keynote at the BOLD Mindbody Conference in San Diego.

Huffington is clearly on a healthy living crusade, and there is no question that she is the ultimate STRONGER Woman.

LIVESTRONG recently met with Huffington to get her advice for anyone who wants to be a strong leader or simply to live a successful life of balance.

Watch the interview to find out why she says adults could increase our creativity and productivity if we treat ourselves more like babies:

As a wildly successful and outspoken woman, Huffington has faced some intense scrutiny and criticism over the years. How does she handle it and how does she recommend other leaders deal with this?

"One of the greatest skills of leadership is being unflappable," Huffington says. "Any time you do anything in the world, there's going to be criticism."

Huffington says she doesn't believe in growing a thick skin, instead she believes in listening to criticism and seeing if there is something valuable there that you can learn from. And, if not, she recommends staying on your course and moving forward for what your vision is for what you want to achieve.

LIVESTRONG GM Jess Barron met with Thrive Global CEO and founder Arianna Huffington in the NYC Thrive Global office.
LIVESTRONG GM Jess Barron met with Thrive Global CEO and founder Arianna Huffington in the NYC Thrive Global office. Photo Credit Adam Valencia/LIVESTRONG.COM

The number one piece of career advice Huffington has for female leaders is what they tell us on airplanes: "Put your own oxygen mask on first." Huffington says she thinks what women often do is put everything else first, and then put themselves last.

"If you are running on empty, you are going to be less creative and less successful at everything you are doing," she says. "If you take the time to refuel yourself, then you'd be able to help everyone around you - whether at work or at home - from your abundance rather than from your emptiness."

"I find that if I have enough sleep (which for me is 8 hours a night), and if I have taken time to meditate and to work out, I find this sets me up for the conditions for maximum creativity." Huffington explains. "If I'm running on empty and I'm just getting through my to-do list for the day, I find that I am much more transactional."

Huffington says she sees the amount of suffering that is taking place in the world around the idea of being "always on," and she has created Thrive Global to try to change this.

What advice would she offer to people who are younger, perhaps starting off in their careers?

"Take care of yourself." Huffington says. "When you prioritize your own well-being, you will be more successful at everything you want to do." She also shares her favorite quote from Rumi: "Live life as though everything is rigged in your favor."

See more of LIVESTRONG's STRONGER Women interviews.

JESS BARRON is VP & GM for LIVESTRONG.COM, a leading healthy lifestyle website with over 29 million unique monthly viewers. In addition to LIVESTRONG, her writing has appeared in Entrepreneur, Fortune and MyDomaine. Jess has appeared on MSNBC and ABC News and has been a keynote speaker at Health Further and a panelist at Create & Cultivate and Digital Hollywood. Follow Jess on Instagram at @jessbeegood and Twitter too!

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