The 7 Most Meaningful Things You Can Learn From Oprah

Alison Rice

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What would you have said if someone offered you a ticket to see Oprah live at an arena show? When presenting partner Swisse emailed me, my reply read: “SHUT THE FRONT DOOR.” To which they took as a resounding yes.

I’ve been a die-hard Oprah fan since, well, forever. I’ve watched so many episodes of her show I think I’m on my second round for most. Even the really early ones. When I’m feeling a bit directionless, I Google things like “inspirational Oprah quotes”. Or: “the best Oprah interviews”. When I told my husband I was going the first thing he said was: “You get a car! And you get a car!” To which we laughed and felt like Oprah herself was hugging us. How good would that be though—an Oprah hug? That would be like your mum’s hug times a hundred.

So I guess I went in knowing she would be inspiring, but I left feeling something else entirely. Validated. Validated for always trying to be a good person. Validated for trying to be consistent—as a woman in a leadership role—with the energy I bring each day. Validated for always listening to what she calls our “whispers”.

Read on to find out the seven most important things Oprah said during her live Sydney show.

This was the one I found most impactful. We all have this responsibility in life but how many people do you know that actually adhere to it? How many bad moods have weighed heavy on your friendship circle, office or family gatherings? We can all be better at this. Show up fully. Be shiny. Become the person that radiates positivity even in the face of adversity. Often it takes just a few minutes of your time and a few deep breaths. 

Oprah spoke about the early days on her talk show and how they got it wrong more than they got it right. She exposed a cheating husband to his wife on live TV, gave the wrong people a platform to share hate. She said it wasn’t until she defined her show’s intention that ratings took off and she felt proud of what they were trying to do. I related to that. It’s amazing how defining your intention before attacking a task or to-do list can bring not only clarity, but efficiency. No more grey areas!

After defining her intention, she was led to the lesson about aligning your personality with your purpose. Oprah also covered this topic during her speech to Stanford Graduate School of Business. “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.” Cue goose bumps.

If you’re someone who believes in the power of positive energy, you’ll know that increasing the vibrational frequency of that energy will lead you to a more fulfilling life. Oprah told us to always operate at our highest vibration. Read her advice on how to get started.

Just one very powerful word that is easily misunderstood. Oprah explained it isn’t about giving up, it is about letting go of your attachment to the outcome. Give it everything you have, and then surrender. 

This point reminded me that it isn’t about having a career checklist and making your way through it, but having a valuable interaction with every person you come in contact with. Go home tonight and ask yourself: “How did I make people feel today?” Ah, the power of self-reflection. Scary but growing

Kind of cliché, but very rarely executed with consistency. Oprah says practicing gratitude has been the key driving force behind her success. She is also a huge believer in manifestation and credits it to her ongoing wealth and happiness.

I personally like to manifest in the shower or on planes—often the only moments of true solitude. Instead of singing in the shower, I vocalise what is important to me and what I truly want in life.

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