Oprah Winfrey At Stanford Graduate Business School

Normally when we think of Oprah we picture her interviewing someone right?

This is no surprise considering Oprah has interviewed over 30,000 people over the course of the Oprah Winfrey show spanning 25 years.

This interview is a little different in that Oprah is the one being interviewed, and it is student led taking place at Stanford Graduate School Of Business.

Hundreds of students filled the auditorium between classes to listen to one of the most influential women in the history of our time.

 

Oprah shares insightful moments of her career journey dating back to her first radio show appearance when she was 16 year sold.

Her news anchor appearances and her transition into talk show television, where she demonstrates the importance of  listening to your instincts.

 

There are many takeaways in this interview and one that really resonated with me was Oprah’s definition of luck:

“Preparation meeting the moment of opportunity.”

 

Oprah explains that connecting people with their higher consciousness is why she is here, her true purpose in life.

She explains:

“There is no real doing in the world without being first.

Your presence, your connection with yourself and that which is greater than yourself

is far more important than what you do but also is the thing that fuels what you do.”

 

Oprah dropped a powerful statement when she said:

“Align your personality with your purpose and no one can touch you.”

 

Every single person that came onto the Oprah Winfrey  Show and even currently her Oprah Winfrey Network always says “was that ok?” after the interview.

From the murderer to Beyonce it was always the same question.

These 30,000 people Oprah has interviewed over time had one thing in common:

They all wanted validation.

 

When asked by a student who her favorite person was to interview Oprah said that it was always the people who she watched step out of tragedies and define triumph for themselves, those were the people who shaped her and made her a better human being.

She speak of a powerful moment with Dr Phil and a woman who had lost her daughter 8 years ago who was planning to kill herself after the show.

Dr Phil said to her, “Why do you spend all your time, all of these years lamenting the death, instead of celebrating the life?”

“You’ve let the one day define your daughters entire life.”

She looked up at him and she said ‘You know I never thought about it that way before.

The most important moments were that of which when Oprah could literally see people make a shift in the way they see themselves and the world. “A Ha” moments she lives for!

 

This interview is of extreme significance for me as I too live to bring people shifts in the mind on the inside and give people those “A Ha” moments.

When you can guide people in a direction where they let go of their presuppositions about themselves and their life, showing them that they can live the life that they truly want to live nothing could warm my heart more.

 

Oprah also mentions in this interview, a quote from Maya Angelou “I come as one but I stand as 10,000”

 

I’ll leave you with Oprah’s most powerful message of all:

“Align your personality with your purpose and no one can touch you.”

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