Ignacio Escobedo

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5 Ways to Never Be Stressed Again

Everybody feels stress and knows it intimately, but very few of us think about what stress actually is.<p>Stress is a thought. That's it. No more, no less. If that's true, then we have complete control over stress, because it's not something that happens <i>to us</i> but something that happens <i>in us</i>.<p>The …

Mindfulness

Perfection Is Overrated

Perfection is overrated. Success is not. For years, I spent too much energy on the former, both at work and at home, in pursuit of the latter.<p>That imperfect-yet-successful compendium, Wikipedia, says: "Perfectionism, in psychology, is a personality trait characterized by a person's striving for …

Work-life Balance

What Money and Power Can't Buy

We get so caught up building our career, become so busy chasing success, that we neglect to take time to follow up with friends. We don't make it home in time to have dinner with our loved ones, we never say "thank you" to an employee for a job well done and we are far too busy for a family …

Mentoring

Success is About Getting to the Center, Not the Top

I am looking forward to joining a panel at the Huffington Post's women's conference, "The Third Metric: Redefining Success Beyond Money & Power" on June 6th in New York City.<p>I have been thinking about this topic for a while as I reflect on the imperative to get more women into impactful roles of …

New York City

Success for the Stay-at-Home Parent

I used to know how to define success. Receiving an "A" in class. Being promoted to the next grade. Receiving a raise, a year-end bonus or a glowing review. It was pretty simple to identify success when I worked for pay, because in the working world, everyone receives feedback -- the minimum wage …

Parenting

Beyond Money and Power (and Stress and Burnout): In Search of a New Definition of Success

I'm happy to announce that next week, on June 6th, Mika Brzezinski and I will be co-hosting the Huffington Post's first-ever women's conference, "The Third Metric: Redefining Success Beyond Money & Power." As the title makes clear, the purpose is to discuss ways to come up with a new definition of …

Human Rights

Restoring Balance Through Mindful Eating

Women contend with societal pressures that men simply do not. To say that women are judged by their appearance profoundly understates the case. While both genders are subjected to weight bias, women's plight in this regard is far more intense than men's.<p>Yet, we women do this to ourselves. Numerous …

Self-esteem

Sharing Knowledge and Resources to Create Meaningful Successes

As an entrepreneur, I'm used to taking risks. In fact, I know that being successful means stepping out of the box and taking a chance on something others may not agree with or understand.<p>I also know that I would have been very reluctant to try something new or different if I didn't have a strong …

Mentoring

How Should We Measure Happiness?

One of my all-time favorite movies is <i>The Peaceful Warrior</i>, inspired by the true events in the life of Dan Millman. The story centers on his protégé-mentor relationship with a mystical service station attendant whom he names Socrates. Shortly after their initial encounter, Dan decides to prove …

Happiness

How Do We Measure a Good Life?

How do we measure a good life? Do we judge it by the quality of an individual's relationships and sense of meaning and purpose? Or, do we judge it according to an individual's wealth, status and power? These external measures of success seem to count for a lot and yet, they clearly don't buy …

Happiness

Lessons On Love, Life And Lipstick

Activist, writer and <i>Ms. Magazine</i> co-founder Letty Cottin Pogrebin recently said to me, "Feminism makes for the happiest of marriages."<p>I heartily agree.<p>When I was 25 years old, I relocated to the UK for a fellowship to study feminism at Oxford's International Gender Studies Center (IGS). Only a few …

High Heels

Redefining Success: How a Friend of Mine Found True Happiness

A friend of mine, an attorney named Jocelyn, was highly successful and extremely well compensated, specializing in trusts and estates. She didn't mind helping people with the disposition of their funds, was not facing a moral quandary in terms of her deeper values and did not dislike the people she …

Happiness

Danny Penman, Ph.D.: Self-Acceptance: The Key to Success

Shortly after the British mountaineer George Mallory disappeared while attempting to climb Everest in 1924, a journalist asked why the team had continued with their assault on the summit on that fateful day.<p>"The price of life is death," replied one of the survivors.<p>That single sentence sums up the …

Mindfulness

The Most Precious Gift: Cultivating the Ability to Lead and Live With Excellence

<i>This post is part of a series on Cultivating Leadership Presence through Mindfulness. The series will culminate in a four-day mindful leadership retreat in New York in October 2013. While the October Mindful Leadership Retreat is now filled, we are happy to announce the opening of registration for</i> …

Mindfulness

Success Is Sequential

I have suffered whiplash over the decades, having changed so sharply my definition of success. But, if I know anything, I know that success -- along with life -- is sequential.<p>In my 20's, so consumed with ambition and possibility, success, to me, meant a salary. It meant not relying on my …

Luxury Lifestyle

How 'Busy' Became A Toxic Word

There is one four-letter word I have permanently banned from my own vocabulary and from that of anyone speaking to me because it is so profoundly toxic to personal and professional growth.<p>The word? "Busy."<p>I live in Washington, where perhaps more than any other city in the world, busy-ness is a more …

Finally, Proof That You Can 'Do Well By Doing Good'

The phrase "doing well by doing good" has been used, at my last unscientific count, roughly 38 trillion times. Yet despite the buzz, there's surprisingly little rigorous evidence demonstrating that companies really can make money by doing more good -- by being, for lack of a better word, nicer.<p>It's …

Employment

We Need to Reframe Success -- Here's How

"If you lie to me and tell me you're sick and can't come to work when it's really your child that is sick, I will fire you." That's what we told our employees, and we meant it. We wanted their truth so we could always trust them. We wanted them to say, "I'm staying at home so I can focus on what is …

App Store

We Have to Take Care of Ourselves or We Will Not Be Able to Take Care of Others

As I prepare to participate in the Third Metric conference this week, I have talked to some of my girlfriends, many of whom are working mothers of several children who have been very successful at their jobs. We all wonder at how we have managed it all, particularly when our kids were young.<p>I …

Are Mothers Less Than?

I am a mother of three and have worked pretty much all my life. I enjoyed working and being creative. Yet, with my little ones, it was often a struggle. As they grew older, it became easier, and at the same time I felt guilty for not being there for them as much as I would have liked.<p>My husband and …

Motivation

Anyone Can Be Wise

<i>The following post was written as a reflection on the deeper meaning of "The Third Metric: Redefining Success Beyond Money & Power," which is the name of a conference hosted by Arianna Huffington and Mika Brzezinski that will take place in New York on June 6. The conference will explore themes</i> …

Mindfulness

The 8 Qualities of a Successful Life

Years ago, after my first book came out and I had made a few television appearances, I was nearly accosted on the street by a very animated woman who kept pointing at me and then exclaimed "I know who you are... you are the... Money Lady!" I've adopted that as a nickname of sorts. I am indeed the …

App Store

Is Your Stress Response Stuck in the 'On' Position?

Most of us live in a world with so much comfort compared to our ancestors.<p>Want that double latte with 2 percent milk? Skim? How about almond milk? Maybe soy?<p>Can't remember who was the 16th president of the United States? Don't waste time trying to jog your memory or discuss with friends. You can …

How to Handle Stress (Hint: Don't Ignore It!)

"Hollywood Unplugged," a new series on HuffPost Entertainment, shows our culture's most influential figures in a new light. Instead of focusing on their accomplishments, it examines how they continue to thrive despite the inevitable stress. In this installment, Adrian Grenier, producer of the …

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