What I Learned from Arianna Huffington

arianna huffington.jpgWhat I Learned from Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington took as big a public Do-Over! as you can imagine. In 1996, she left the Republican party to become one of the country’s leading liberal voices.

After attending her studio interview with Texas Monthly Talks on Monday, I took another look at Huffington’s 2006 book, On Becoming Fearless.

Her life has been a series of Do-Overs!, beginning with her move from Greece to Cambridge University, where she succeeded in distinguishing herself in the school’s famed debating club, despite her her thick accent.

More recently, she was one of the first to envision the possibilities of blogging, switching from from a print platform to a virtual one. She was ridiculed when she launched the Huffington Post in 2005; in March 2010 the site had 13 million unique hits.

I aspire to keep reinventing myself, too, so I intend to steal some of Huffington’s best Do-Over! moves:

Follow the desire. Huffington wanted in so badly at the Cambridge debating club that she wouldn’t take “no” for an answer.

Take the risk. She ignored the industry insiders who naysayed her plans for the Huffington Post.

Make the course correction. When the Republican platform no longer fit her views, Huffington switched to the party that did.

Never say die. She may have lost the 2003 California gubernatorial race, but she didn’t let that slow her public ambitions a nanosecond.

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