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Huffington: Failure Can Lead to Success

Off the Cuff

Arianna Huffington has four — count 'em — four Blackberries.

That may not be so surprising. After all as the president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group she runs one of the largest Web companies in the world. It includes such notable news and opinion web sites as The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Endgadget, Mapquest, and Patch to name a few.

But what may surprise you is that when Huffington wakes up, she doesn't immediately check her e-mails. Rather, she does yoga and meditates. "I really feel it makes a big difference when I start the day in a centered place," she said on "Off the Cuff."

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And then at night, before bedtime, Huffington keeps an even keel by turning off her mobile devices. "I find the darker the room the deeper my sleep and the better I'm going to be the next day," says Huffington. Her perfect vacation? Staying put and just "completely, completely relax" she said.

Interestingly, if it weren't for Arnold Schwarzenegger, there may be no such thing as The Huffington Post. After terminating her 2003 bid against Schwarzenegger to become Governor of California, Arianna Huffington — sticking to her belief that failure is not the opposite of success, but a stepping stone to success --- said she'll be back. Two years later she co-founded the website that still bears her name.

"If we accept failure as part of life rather than something we try to avoid all the time, it can make a big difference in the way we choose to live our lives," adds Huffington.

But the modern-day mogul admits that, like everyone else, she sometimes struggles to be at her best.

"We all know that great place inside us from which we are strong and centered and feel we can tackle anything, and we know that most of the time we are not that. So for me, the challenge and the joy really is how quickly we can get back on track," Huffington says.

Huffington has no shortage of challenges these days. Since AOL bought The Huffington Post in 2011, its stock is up 75 percent. But the marriage has not been without bumps. Huffington has weathered criticisms of her editorial hiring at AOL, and the company did battle this past year with activist shareholder Starboard Value over CEO Tim Armstrong's investment in online content.

During trying times, Huffington says she relies on wisdom passed down from her late mother, who encouraged her to have a sense of humor. "She used to say that angels fly because they take themselves lightly."

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