Huffington adds that it’s a “complete delusion” that if you get little sleep and take poor care of yourself, you are going to be more productive.

“I’m not saying that you can’t succeed by burning out. But you can succeed much more effectively, and much more sustainably, and with much less damage to your health and your relationships,” says Huffington. “That’s why they tell you on airplanes, put your own oxygen mask on first.”

Prior to finding balance in her life, says Huffington, she made bad decisions. Though the businesswoman would not specify what those were, she notes that other successful people have alluded to the importance of a full night’s rest.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, for example, prioritizes getting at least eight hours of sleep. Real rest “makes a big difference for me, and I try hard to make that a priority,” he told Thrive Global in 2016. “For me, that’s the needed amount to feel energized and excited.”

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates also admitted that he can’t think creatively if he isn’t well rested.

“I used to work all night in the office, but it’s been quite a while since I lived on catnap,” says Gates in a Microsoft FAQ. “I like to get seven hours of sleep a night because that’s what I need to stay sharp and creative and upbeat.”

The more fully recharged and connected you are, Huffington contends, the more clearly you can look ahead. And “for me [looking ahead] was making sure that Huffington Post was a global company,” she says.

Looking ahead also meant knowing when the time had come for her to leave the media company, which she did in 2016.

“I see some people stay in one place because it’s convenient or it’s comfortable. But they’re missing out on their passion,” says Huffington. “My passion is to help people live lives with less stress … so thinking I could take that risk, and do it, and follow my new dream was something I wouldn’t have done if I was simply operating on survival.”

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