Those were among the tidbits of advice offered by celebrity chef Ming Tsai and author/blogger/businesswoman Arianna Huffington offered to a sold-out crowd of about 600 women at Women’s Day Thursday at the Travelers Championship at the TPC River Highlands in Cromwell.
Tsai, a James Beard award winner who owns renowned Massachusetts restaurants, Blue Dragon and Blue Ginger and who hosts his award winning PBS show”Simple Ming,” got the party going before 9 a.m. as he whipped up a sake sangria.
“It’s cocktail time somewhere he said,” as he stirred up a fruit-spiked concoction of sake, peach liquor and rose wine followed by wonton sweet potato ravioli and salmon.
“I shot an 85 and that’s good for me,” he said, happily accommodating fans who wanted selfies and autographs with the author of “Simply Ming: One-Pot Meals.”
But it was the other author in the room, Huffington Post editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington who stood out a bit not only for her message but because of her business appropriate beige sheath in a crowd of golf-casual clad women.
“I don’t golf,” explained Huffington, getting right down to business as she encouraged the audience filled with many over-achievers to start taking control of a life that should not be all about doing business.
“You don’t have to burn out to succeed,” said Huffington whose new book “Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom and Wonder” debuted on The New York Times best-seller list. “Go home and shut the phone, turn the laptop off,” she said. “You need that break for your own health and taking it doesn’t mean you won’t climb the ladder or be successful.”
But what about those bosses who expect 24/7 when it comes to “being available.”
“There is a gradual shift in attitude in the smart companies and they are realizing there is a need to change that mindset that employees should be working all the time,” said the famous columnist who explained the idea for the new book came after nearly working herself to exhaustion several years ago . “There is a benefit to a balanced life, and employers are starting to get the idea.”