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Snippet of Pick the Brain Podcast: Oprah Winfrey on Service and Success

From Audio: 3 Steps for an Incredible Life with Oprah Winfrey

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While many think that being known gives us value, she claims that greatness is determined by service to others. The most successful people service the world.
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While many think that being known gives us value, she claims that greatness is determined by service to others. The most successful people service the world. Winfrey decided to use her television platform to be a force of good. This decision changed the course of her career.
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all of that will fade in time. In three years, you won't be able to name the Housewives of Atlanta. The rial truth is that service and significance service and the significance that you bring to your service is that which is lasting. So to be able to whatever your occupation or job or talent or gift is our honorees today getting doctor degrees to apparently opposite fields HIV and AIDS and the spoken word but what they have in common ISS service using the spoken word in service to community in the world, using your knowledge and information about HIV and AIDS and medicine in service to the world. And if you look at all the most successful people in the world, whether they know it or not, they have that paradigm of service. Everybody's talking about Mark Zuckerberg and I p o Service Jay Z rapid service through the word to people through song. For many years, I was really just happy to be on TV, and people would stop and say, Oh, you on TV? Yeah, I'm on TV. I like being on TV. It's a nice job, and it was about the time that I received my honorary doctorate from Spelman around 1993 so I don't know if that had something to do with it. I thought of myself as Dr Winfrey that I went back, and I took a long look at what it was I was doing on on TV and made a decision that I was no longer going to just be on TV. But I was going to use TV as a platform as a force for good and not be used by TV. And I will tell you my decision to make that significant change in the way I operated on television. Using television as a service changed my career exponentially service through medicine service through art, using whatever it is you produce your product as a way of giving back to the world. When you shift the paradigm of whatever it is you choose to do to service, and you bring significance to that success will, I promise you follow you service and significance equals success. That's number two. Number three. It's so simple but so hard to do always do the right thing. Always be excellent. People notice. Think of how you notice you go to Taco Bell. Somebody gives you extra napkin and some sauce, you notice
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