Yoga, adrenaline sports, education, networking, training.
Yes, all of these will undoubtedly help you in life, but here’s another tool that is so often overlooked: sleep.
My life has changed a lot over the last few years, and I’ve become increasingly aware of the importance of sleep. Nights out, work demands, sports, pregnancy, and a restless toddler all conspire against a quiet night’s rest. When I was younger I could make do with four or five hours of sleep, leaning on my coffee mug when required. Now, irritability and blandness creeps in where my creativity and sense of humour used to be. And now I realize:
Sleep brings more joy, effectiveness and productivity into our lives. It is vital to every type of success.
Arianna Huffington’s funny TED Talk about the importance of balance and getting your Z’s really hit home. A successful entrepreneur in her own right, she points out that having a high IQ or a busy schedule doesn’t translate into successful business or good leadership. Even the most brilliant leaders require time for reflection and rest to make the most of their abilities.
Ms. Huffington seems to be on to something! Years ago, she badly injured herself after falling due to exhaustion. She then re-engineered her entire life to incorporate more sleep. Last week she sold her 5+ year old company, the Huffington Post, for USD $315 million. Not a bad return on investment.