Arianna Huffington announced today she is to step down as editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post, the hugely successful online newspaper she created back in 2005. She leaves to run a new venture, Thrive Global,a project designed to combat workplace “burnout”.In her own words : “A corporate and consumer well-being and productivity platform”. “When I decided to create Thrive Global, I thought it would be possible to build a start-up and continue as editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post. Today, it’s clear that was an illusion.As Thrive Global moved from an idea to a reality, with investors, staff, and offices, it became clear to me that I simply couldn’t do justice to both companies. Change is desperately needed if another generation is to avoid the burnout that all too often comes with success today.”

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I’m forever thankful to Arianna because back in 2013 she invited me to be part of a team of writers contributing to the Huffington Post USA. That meant the world to me. First of all, English is not my first language. Even though I have a degree in English Philology, one thing is to write University essays and another to write for an English speaking online newspaper with millions of readers. I’m thankful that such a busy woman took the time to see my work and write back to me to say thank you and why don’t you join us. I was used to rejection by people far less important or busy than her. It is now clear to me than when someone doesn’t get back, they are simply not interested. However, I’ve learned that I’m no longer interested in working with people who can the bothered to even reply and say no but thanks.

These two short films below were the reason she invited me to join the Huffington Post as a writer and blogger:

She is a Greek woman from a humble family who once had a dream and she made it a reality with the help of her intelligence, talent, determination and her force of nature mum. She was a student at Cambridge University where her accent was mocked. Having lived in the Uk for more than ten years Im very aware of how this is an impediment when you want to progress in your  professional career. People think you cant either understand them, you are ignorant or you don’t speak English. The reality is very different but it takes a few lines of initial conversation to teach people to leave their prejudice aside. I can talk English literature and history and challenge every connoisseur and nothing I love more than seeing their faces go red after their initial judgement of me is making them uncomfortable. Arianna challenged and overcame every single prejudice in the book. In fact, she embraced them all and became the inspirational figure she is today for many people around the world. Her wisdom, her kindness and her humorous insights will be much missed in the Huffington Post. I wish her the best with Thrive and Im sure she will thrive as she always does.

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Arianna and with her pride and joy: Her two daughters

You can follow me on the Huffington Post here http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/amancay-films-600

 

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