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Oprah Winfrey: "What I Really Want is to Connect" - Part II

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Part II of the interview between Oprah Winfrey and LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner, in which they discuss the power of intention, defining core mission and goals and her new show, Belief.

To watch part I, click here: http://www.slideshare.net/LinkedInPulse/oprah-interview

Part III: http://www.slideshare.net/LinkedInPulse/oprah-winfrey-jeff-weiner-belief-leadership-career-interview-part-3

"One day I was at my farm in Indiana. It was a rainy day and I was thinking, "Gee, I sure would like some tomato soup." The caretaker, who lived across comes in with a pot of tomato soup. “What made you do that?" I asked, "Well, honey, I had these tomatoes. So I thought maybe you'd like some tomato soup.” So I started trying it with other things. If you can get tomato soup like that, what else can I do? What else can I manifest?
I have seen it happen over and over and over again. You control a lot by your thoughts. And we control a lot by our joined thoughts, by what I believe and what you believe and we come together as a community.

"My favorite time of the show was usually after the show because I would spend half hour, sometimes an hour with the audience. So up for ten years straight, all I did was shake hands and do autographs with 700 people. And then one day I had the doctor's appointment and I couldn't do it, and I had so much more energy. And I realized, "Wow, that's a lot of energy I'm giving out in between shows."

"Then I asked myself the question. All those years, I'd done the autographs, because I thought that's what you had to do, because that's what people wanted. But I never asked, "What do I really want?" What I really want is to connect.

"I started just talking to the audience after the show. That speaking to the audience after the show became my focus group. I kept hearing women would stand up and say, "You know, I did the thing I was supposed to do. I went to school. I got the degree. I even got my master's degree. I did the work. And now what? I feel like that there should be something more.” And so that became one of the tenets of our show. How do you give and help to fulfill that something more that people are looking for?

"In the beginning though, women literally asked, "How do I do that? How can I do that? Because the world has told me, my mother has told me, my job has told me…" People say, "I just want to be happy." So, what does that look like for you?

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