I had the pleasure of responding to some interview questions from one of my introverted leader role models. Arianna Huffington. She has created a movement called ThriveGlobal and the site has SO many resources to help us learn ways of unplugging, recharging and getting back to a healthy way of living. We can learn how to thrive.
Arianna ‘s questions helped me reflect on the flow of my day. I think that it is so helpful to examine our daily habits and adjust them towards more balance. I promote continual self-assessment with my clients and colleagues and it is important to practice what I preach. By sharing our own struggles and small wins we can achieve what Arianna promotes “More than living. Thriving.”
Here is an excerpt from the interview:
Thrive Global: What’s the first thing you do when you get out of bed?
Jennifer Kahnweiler: I grew up with the NY Times so I open my IPAD and read the paper in order to connect to the outside world. This routine also brings back comforting images of my parents and their morning ritual.
TG: What gives you energy?
JK: I am an extrovert, so connecting with people is my high. I especially like a good dose of conversation after thinking and writing.
TG: What is your secret life hack?
JK: Keeping perspective. Asking myself “How important is it?” or “Will I remember this a year from now?”
TG: Name a book that changed your life.
JK: When I was 10 years old I read a book about the pioneering social worker, Jane Addams who founded the settlement house Hull House in Chicago. I loved reading about the power one woman could have. I knew then that I wanted to make helping people the focus of my work.
TG: Tell us about your relationship with your phone. Does it sleep with you?
JK: I often have to remember that I have the power in the relationship! I can turn it off, turn it on, use the “Do Not Disturb” function or move it to the next room. I am constantly looking for ways to manage this relationship. I admit that I do often keep it in the bedroom because I like the alarm options.