If not, you need to be.
Teaching is part of Oprah’s new gig on OWN. She set the groundwork for sharing life lessons in her last talk show appearance. Masters is on OWN and features all sorts of famous people, who talk about their lives to the camera, without an audience and without Oprah.
Masters is in its second season and I would urge you to go back and catch all of the first season, if you can find it as it doesn’t seem to be on line at the moment. Jay-Z, Condoleezza Rice, Diane Sawyer, Maya Angelou were just a few of the first guests. Their ‘lessons’ were relatable, inspirational and plenty to take away and use in your own life or help you find perspective in your own.
I kept the first season on my DVR for almost a year and would re-watch them periodically when I needed inspiration. I hope they’ll be released in DVD soon.
The premise is this: What lessons have you learned in your life that have made you successful? And while all these people are at the top of their game, they give you their observations, perspective and history of what shaped them get to where they did, because almost none of them were born famous. In fact, a few of them grew up very disadvantaged.
The common denominator for all of them is passion and support. My favorite is the Diane Sawyer episode. Diane talks about how every night at the dinner table, her father would ask the family, “What questions did you ask today?” Talk about an ‘AhHa’ moment. I was blown away by this. Yes, it started conversations but it also encouraged the kids to gain knowledge, that no questions were bad and finally, what did you learn? At 66, Diane Sawyer is still hungry for knowledge and passionate about it.
Oprah is right about this being a learning opportunity. Season 2 begins with Jane Fonda talking about body image issues, lack of parental love and approval, and marriages gone wrong. While these things are relatable, the things that are the most striking is that she is still striving to make herself whole and showing people, that even if you’re in your ‘last act’, there’s still time to make yourself whole and happy, living without regret.
So far, so good. Some are better than others but all of them offer you information and perspective that you’ll use.
This week is Ted Turner. Can’t wait to find out what he’s learned.