I HATE Oprah. When her talk show ended, I celebrated. The only thing that brought me down was the fact that they wouldn’t stop airing repeats, and that other little thing, what was it? Oh yeah, her OWN network. Point – Oprah.
Because I like to keep things positive, I won’t dwell on my distaste for O. You should know me…I’d never blog just to say that I dislike someone. What inspired me to write today was actually the things that I’ve learned from the one-time daytime diva.
1. Money isn’t everything.
We’re not talking the cliché bs that many doesn’t buy happiness, but Oprah’s weight struggles over the years are proof positive that money doesn’t fix problems. I’ve often said that I’d be skinny too (if I had a maid, a trainer, a chef…) but that’s not really what’s holding me back. Of course, this doesn’t just apply to losing weight. Don’t let money be your excuse for anything!
2. Know what you don’t know and surround yourself with people who do.
This is something that I have always felt strongly about, and something that even I’ll admit Oprah does well (think Dr. Oz). If you’ve visited her website or picked up a copy of her magazine (not to mention watched her show), you’ve sees experts on everything from organizing and home decor to finances and health and wellness…you name it. There’s no need to be in expert in everything, you just need to surround yourself with them.
3. Don’t forget your girlfriends.
No, we’re not talking about the tabloid rumors here, but something did spark them, right? I think it’s fantastic that Oprah and Gayle have maintained their close friendship throughout the years, and Oprah has certainly made sure to share the bounty of her success. Never underestimate the power of having your best girlfriends by your side. It’s so important to have someone you can trust and someone who will tell you what you need, not want to, hear.
4. You are a brand.
I know there are people who disagree with this, but I think it is helpful to look at yourself as a brand. You brand may not be a first name only or encompass an empire that makes millions of dollars, but you have one. You should have a personal mission statement and values just like any organization. Your reputation, image, message and style should be consistent and clear.
5. Live your best life.
If she stopped putting herself on every single cover, I might buy her magazine more often. I can’t argue with its tagline – live your best life. It’s what I strive to do every day, and what I hope you are inspired to do when you read my blog.
Hmm, is it possible I’ve got more in common with Oprah than I might like to think?