Oprah on Career and Leadership

I love this interview of Oprah. Here are the highlights of the video:

-how being demoted led her to her calling in life–which was to do talk shows instead of news.

-when she stayed in a job even if there was a more lucrative offer for her. She realized that she needs to stay so that she can perfect her craft.

-when she left to take a job even if everyone told her she was going to fail.

-how she realized that interviewing the Ku Klux Klan was a wrong move. She was bent on getting them, but instead, them being on the show helped them recruit more people. They used the platform of her show to become more legitimate.

-She revealed that all her interviewees from the murderer to Beyonce asks her “Was I ok?”

-She says that everyone’s arguments are really about them asking: “Did you hear me? Did you see me? And did what I say mean anything to you?” Everyone wants validation.

-the interviews that were the most memorable were those with ordinary people who realized something about themselves. One was a woman who was about to kill herself but when she was invited to the show she changed her mind. She wanted to die because the murder of her daughter affected her so much. At the talk show, Dr. Phil told her that she was only concentrating on that one moment but there were so many happy moments in her daughter’s life. Hearing about this also helped me deal with my grandma’s death.

-when she asks people what advice they would give to their younger selves, it’s always: “Relax. It’s going to be ok.”

-when you are lost, ask “what is the next right move?”

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