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When hearing the name Arianna Huffington, sleep is probably the last word that comes to mind. However, Arianna encourages women who have created new paths of influence through technology to redefine success and commit to living a more balanced life. Arianna's experiences as a successful businesswoman provide inspiration and insight for any entrepreneur looking to grow her business.

The following is an excerpt from a Q&A with Arianna conducted by Moira Forbes, president and publisher of ForbesWomen, at the 2011 Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

MF: As an entrepreneur and someone in the technology space, what are the new ways in which women are able to achieve power and influence through paths that no longer require running a corporation or holding political power?

My experience is that we are living in a world where what is important, connections, women have a tradition of success. The social element of life is now at the forefront of everything we’re doing. This is why we see that women have more Facebook friends.

Ariana Huffington
Women are more involved in everything we’re doing socially online and all that can be translated into enterprises, businesses and other opportunities where we can be both successful and change the world. Women have always wanted to achieve things for ourselves, our own communities, our own country.

MF: How can women have a new voice of impact and influence, something that you have exemplified, particularly over the last five years?

AH: Women need to define success differently. Men have defined it a certain way which normally includes working around the clock, working yourself into the ground, and having a heart attack in your 50s. We need to define success differently, with more balance, more joy, more gratitude and less stress and exhaustion. That’s why I’m obsessed with sleep. Here in the newsroom at the AOL Huffington Post Media Group offices, we’ve installed two nap rooms where our reporters and editors can have breaks and return to their jobs more productive and less stressed.

MF: You mentioned earlier that the power of community and the ability to connect and engage in unprecedented ways has a huge impact for all businesses. But, the digital world is incredibly cluttered, there’s a lot of white noise. How do you use platforms in a way to build an authentic voice and discover experts, mentors and peers around the world to help empower your success?

AH: Well, this is really where we are facing a paradox. We live in a world where there is less trust in our leaders, less trust in the ability of political and business leaders to do the right thing. As a result, people trust their peers and online voices more. If as online entrepreneurs we prioritize trust, we are provided with great opportunity. At Huffington Post, we make sure all our comments are pre-moderated to eliminate the worst aspects of the internet. We’ve developed the most advanced technology to moderate comments and added a layer of dozens of human moderators, something I see as a totally worthwhile investment. Increasingly, self-expression for people is becoming the new entertainment, a new source of fulfillment. A lot of people are willing to spend a lot of time online expressing themselves, especially women. That combination of multiple voices and ensuring that conversation takes place in a civil, trusted environment is a key to the future.

MF: As someone who has achieved extraordinary success and often gets to speak with so many different entrepreneurs around the world, what is the one piece of advice that you would give female entrepreneurs to empower and fuel their success?

AH: I think that the one piece of advice I’d give, which is what I give to my two daughters in college and wrote in my book on becoming fearless is not to be afraid of failure. Failure is not the opposite of success but a stepping stone to success. Every successful life has included failures along the way.

Interested in hearing more from this interview? Check out the links below to hear Arianna’s answers to questions asked by the audience.

 Arianna HuffingtonArianna Huffington, President and Editor-in-Chief, AOL Huffington Post Media Group
Arianna Huffington is the president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of thirteen books. She is also co-host of “Left, Right & Center,” public radio’s popular political roundtable program. In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. In 2006, she was named to the Time 100, Time Magazine's list of the world’s 100 most influential people.
Moira Forbes Moira Forbes, President and Publisher, ForbesWoman
Moira Forbes is the President and Publisher of ForbesWoman, a multimedia platform dedicated to successful women in business and leadership. She is also the host of “Success with Moira Forbes,” a weekly video series on the Forbes Video Network featuring candid, one-on-one interviews with today’s top women leaders.