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  • My big idea

  • is a very, very small idea

  • that can unlock

  • billions of big ideas

  • that are at the moment dormant inside us.

  • And my little idea that will do that

  • is sleep.

  • (Laughter)

  • (Applause)

  • This is a room of type-A women.

  • This is a room

  • of sleep-deprived women.

  • And I learned the hard way,

  • the value of sleep.

  • Two-and-a-half years ago,

  • I fainted from exhaustion.

  • I hit my head on my desk. I broke my cheekbone,

  • I got five stitches on my right eye.

  • And I began the journey

  • of rediscovering the value of sleep.

  • And in the course of that,

  • I studied,

  • I met with medical doctors, scientists,

  • and I'm here to tell you

  • that the way to a more productive,

  • more inspired, more joyful life

  • is getting enough sleep.

  • (Applause)

  • And we women are going to lead the way

  • in this new revolution, this new feminist issue.

  • We are literally going to sleep our way to the top, literally.

  • (Laughter)

  • (Applause)

  • Because unfortunately

  • for men,

  • sleep deprivation has become a virility symbol.

  • I was recently having dinner with a guy

  • who bragged that he had only gotten

  • four hours sleep the night before.

  • And I felt like saying to him -- but I didn't say it --

  • I felt like saying, "You know what?

  • If you had gotten five,

  • this dinner would have been a lot more interesting."

  • (Laughter)

  • There is now a kind of sleep deprivation

  • one-upmanship.

  • Especially here in Washington, if you try to make a breakfast date,

  • and you say, "How about eight o'clock?"

  • they're likely to tell you, "Eight o'clock is too late for me,

  • but that's okay, I can get a game of tennis in

  • and do a few conference calls and meet you at eight."

  • And they think that means

  • that they are so incredibly busy and productive,

  • but the truth is they're not,

  • because we, at the moment,

  • have had brilliant leaders

  • in business, in finance, in politics,

  • making terrible decisions.

  • So a high I.Q.

  • does not mean that you're a good leader,

  • because the essence of leadership

  • is being able to see the iceberg

  • before it hits the Titanic.

  • And we've had far too many icebergs

  • hitting our Titanics.

  • In fact, I have a feeling

  • that if Lehman Brothers

  • was Lehman Brothers and Sisters,

  • they might still be around.

  • (Applause)

  • While all the brothers were busy

  • just being hyper-connected 24/7,

  • maybe a sister would have noticed the iceberg,

  • because she would have woken up from a seven-and-a-half- or eight-hour sleep

  • and have been able to see

  • the big picture.

  • So as we are facing

  • all the multiple crises

  • in our world at the moment,

  • what is good for us on a personal level,

  • what's going to bring more joy, gratitude,

  • effectiveness in our lives

  • and be the best for our own careers

  • is also what is best for the world.

  • So I urge you

  • to shut your eyes

  • and discover the great ideas

  • that lie inside us,

  • to shut your engines and discover the power of sleep.

  • Thank you.

  • (Applause)

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