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Oprah sits down with entrepreneur and media mogul Arianna Huffington, founder of "The Huffington Post," in an all-new episode of "Super Soul Sunday" airing this Sunday, May 11 at 11 a.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.
In the episode, Oprah and Arianna discuss the surprising spiritual wake-up call that shifted Arianna's Perception of success. They will also talk about why it's critical to redefine what it means to be successful in today's world in order to thrive, as well as Arianna's new book, "Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating A Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder."
EXCERPT: The Moment That Changed Arianna Huffington's Life
ARIANNA: I actually collapsed from exhaustion on April 6, 2007, two years after I had founded the Huffington Post. I hit my head on my desk, broke my cheek bone, got four stitches on my right eye. I was very lucky I didn't lose my eye.
OPRAH: Didn't you sort of -- you went unconscious and then woke up and you were in your own pool of blood?
ARIANNA: My own pool of blood, yes.
ARIANNA: And then in a way what is worse is I had to go from doctor to doctor, from MRI to echocardiogram to find out what was wrong with me, you know. Did I have a brain tumor? They didn't know what was wrong.
ARIANNA: And they discovered there was nothing medically wrong with me, but just about everything wrong with the way I was leading my life and what I was prioritizing. And waiting -- you know, doctors' waiting rooms are great places to ask life's big questions.
OPRAH: Whoa, you had some time there.
ARIANNA: It was Super Soul Sunday questions.
OPRAH: Yeah. Yes. The big questions, yes.
ARIANNA: So I was asking myself. Is this success? You know. By conventional definitions of success, I was successful.
ARIANNA: By any sane definition of success, if you are lying in your own pool of blood on your office floor, you're not successful.
OPRAH: Because you were so exhausted.
ARIANNA: Because you're so exhausted that you collapsed.
EXCERPT: How to Know When It's Time to Shut Off the Smartphone
ARIANNA: The other thing that people do, which I stopped doing after my fall, was to sleep with a smartphone next to their bed.
OPRAH: I know. You told me that you not only don't sleep with it next to your bed. You, Arianna Huffington, have a time where you shut off all the devices.
OPRAH: And you remove it from your bedroom.