Corner Office Q&A With Arianna Huffington: Her Advice For Aspiring Media Moguls
1:00 pm, December 7th | by Amy Tennery
Arianna Huffington is a woman who needs no introduction (but here’s one anyway). The Editor-in-Chief of AOL Huffington Post Media Group, Huffington is one of the most powerful women in media today (and she’s the top ranked online editor on Mediaite’s Power Grid). Huffington took some time out this week to talk to us about her life behind-the-scenes — and to share the advice she’d give a woman who wants her job one day.
What advice would you give to a woman who wants your job one day?
First, know your core principles and follow your dreams, no matter what. And second, embrace failure. We sometimes think that successful people have succeeded at everything, that everything happened perfectly in their lives. But there is not a human being in the world who has not had failures. And most of the most successful people have had spectacular failures. Failure builds up resiliency, which is a key ingredient of success.
And one other thing: wait a few years at least before taking my job — I like it!
The one thing no one would guess about you is:
My iPod playlist is loaded with country music.
Before noon, you’ve already:
Spoken with our HuffPost editors and reporters about the day’s stories, had a couple of cappuccinos (always with a green straw), and texted my daughters.
What’s the worst business advice you’ve ever heard?
Prior to the Huffington Post’s launch in 2005, I was repeatedly told the Internet was a young person’s game.
If you were stuck on a desert island, what three items would you want with you?
The complete works of William Shakespeare, because I could read and reread them and never tire of them. My BlackBerry, so I could tweet about island life. And an alarm clock — just so I could enjoy not setting it and deciding to sleep in every day.