Rita Wilson: “Thoughts Are Things and Mean Something”

The actor, producer, and singer/songwriter on the lesson she learned from the book that changed her life.

When you have the opportunity to ask some of the most interesting people in the world about their lives, sometimes the most fascinating answers come from the simplest questions. The Thrive Questionnaire is an ongoing series that gives an intimate look inside the lives of some of the world’s most successful people.

Thrive Global: What’s the first thing you do when you get out of bed?
Rita Wilson: I say a prayer of gratitude.

TG: What gives you energy?
RW: Music, napping and exercising.

TG: What’s your secret life hack?
RW: Saying “no” to things that aren’t necessary.

TG: Name a book that changed your life.
RW: An old little book called As A Man Thinketh, which taught me that thoughts are things and mean something.

TG: Tell us about your relationship with your phone. Does it sleep with you?RW: NO! It is in a galaxy far, far, away.

TG: How do you deal with email?
RW: I go through phases of returning emails rapidly, or holding and then returning at one time when I have 20 minutes.

TG: You unexpectedly find 15 minutes in your day, what do you do with it?RW: Listen to music.

TG: When was the last time you felt burned out and why?
RW: Last night! I had a long day of meetings and my brain ceased to function later that night. LOL. I went to bed.

TG: When was the last time you felt you failed and how did you overcome it?
RW: It was a few years ago. I grieved for awhile and then got stronger because of it.

TG: Share a quote that you love and that gives you strength or peace.
RW: “To thine own self be true.” Polonius speaks it to Hamlet.

Rita Wilson is an actor/producer/singer-songwriter. Listen to her self-titled new album in iTunes.