Arianna Huffington and Wonder

As a Smith College grad I was curious to listen to Arianna Huffington’s Commencement Speech at Smith this year. She noted that at the gving backmoment, our society’s notion of success is largely composed of two parts: money and power.

In fact, success, money and power have practically become synonymous. But it’s time for a third metric, beyond money and power — one founded on well-being, wisdom, our ability to wonder, and to give back.

Money and power by themselves are a two-legged stool — you can balance on them for a while, but eventually you’re going to topple over. And more and more people, very successful people, are toppling over.

Basically, success the way we’ve defined it is no longer sustainable. It’s no longer sustainable for human beings or for societies. To live the lives we want, and not just the ones we settle for, the ones society defines as successful, we need to include the third metric.

Reading this it struck me that this message is important not only for the recent graduates but for those of us who have been out for a while and have been working and working and building a career and raising a family- her message is one I think we can all stop and reflect on.


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