Oprah Winfrey on Career, Life and Leadership (Video Interview)
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I need to watch this for sure..
During a student-led interview at Stanford Graduate School of Business, Oprah Winfrey shares seminal moments of her career journey and the importance of listening to your instincts. Winfrey also offers advice to students on how to find their calling: "Align your personality with your purpose, and no one can touch you."
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Sometimes the seminal moments along the journey to the right career look much like failure. Winfrey’s path to talk-show diva came only after she was “demoted” from a television news anchor in Baltimore to work on a talk show at the TV station. “They wanted to fire me,” she says. A contract saved her job but not her prestigious anchor slot. “The moment I sat on the talk show interviewing the Carvel Ice Cream man and his multiple flavors, I knew that I had found a home for myself.”
Winfrey succeeded by putting her own spin on the genre: confessional TV with a big dose of self-help. In later years, having a book selected by Oprah’s Book Club would become synonymous with overnight success for authors.
“I always understood there really was no difference between me and the audience,” she says. “At times, I have had better shoes. But at the core — at the core of what really matters — we were the same. I mean, the secret of that show for 25 years is that people could see themselves in me.”
Knowing Nelson Mandela can also help. Winfrey spent 10 days as a guest in the home of South Africa’s first black president, and they often talked about how important education was to empowering people and raising them out of poverty. One day, as they sat reading the newspaper, Winfrey mentioned that she would like to build a school someday. Mandela stood up and phoned the education minister. “Get over here; Oprah wants to build a school.”
“Your real work is to figure out where your power base is and to work on that alignment of your personality, your gifts you have to give, with the real reason why you are here,’’ she said. “Align your personality with your purpose, and no one can touch you.”