Whether or not you're a fan of The Huffington Post, there's one thing for sure--founder Arianna Huffington is a wildly successful entrepreneur, businessperson, and author. In 2011, The Huffington Post was acquired by AOL for the tidy sum of $315 million, and in 2014, Forbes named her the 52nd most powerful woman in the world.

So, to what does Arianna attribute her success? In a recent column, she explained that there are 4 pillars of success that she relies on to help guide her.

1. Well-being

Huffington writes that when we integrate more of "the things we truly value" into our lives, we establish our well-being. Often, it seems that people forget the essentials that keep them happy, like "sleep, renewal time, and meditation."

2. Wisdom

We all make bad decisions, but they usually are not a cause of true incompetence or malicious intent. In fact, Huffington highlights the fact that "the most impactful mistakes are made when people are tired" because "That's when we miss the red flags...That's when we're not operating at our best." Instead, she recommends taking "the time to center yourself and make space for the true wisdom and power you are capable of."

3. Giving

In this tip, Huffington criticizes our very "go-getter" way of life, calling to attention the fact that "we are addicted to our current way of living, of burning out, of stressing over everything." While having motivation is truly an important step to success for ourselves, we also need to make time to give back to a world that's given us so much. Huffington invites us to "be inspired by all those following happiness and seeking happiness for others as well."

4. Connection

While multitasking seems to be important, Huffington makes the point that "these days' people try to do so many things in a day." This perceived efficiency actually hurts us, rather than helps, since "it deprives us of the chance to be really present within our lives." Detaching a little from technology in order to leave space for real connection is not such a bad thing--it can actually be the step we're missing in forming real, meaningful connection and allowing us to "reconnect with ourselves."

Published on: Apr 21, 2016
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