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Oprah Winfrey on The Greatest Lesson She Ever Learned - Part III

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Part III of the conversation between Oprah Winfrey and LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner.

For part I, click here: http://www.slideshare.net/LinkedInPulse/oprah-interview
For part II, click here: http://www.slideshare.net/LinkedInPulse/oprah-winfrey-jeff-weiner-belief-leadership-career-intention

"I read Seat of the Soul in 1989. It changed the way I saw the world. It changed the way I operated my own life. The principle I said to you earlier of intention. Whoa. I just went, "I get that." 'Cause I used to be a real big people-- people pleaser and couldn't figure out what it was that caused people to always come back and were always using me and why I always felt like a doormat. It's 'cause my intention was to please. And so you're giving your power away. So I now don't do anything without thinking about, "What is the real reason? What is my intention?" Because I do know the law says that intention is at one with cause and effect. So you are not going to be able to create the cause without the intention. And that the intention is what's gonna fuel the effect. So what's going to actually show up is what you consciously and subconsciously intended.

And one of the intentions is to listen and let whatever that person is saying take me to whatever the next question is going to be. So I've had notes. And oh my gosh, the producers would be so upset if you're not using the notes. Because we're trying to cut this to a certain thing. I do better without notes, because then I'm guided by instinct and what I'm hearing. Because I want to fully hear you, you know?

One of the great, great, great, great, great lessons-- did I say great? I would say the greatest lesson I learned from the show all those years was that every single human being is looking for the same thing. And how did I know that? Because I interviewed the father who killed his twins. And at the interview-- behind bars, he says to me, "How did I do? Was that okay?" When I finish interviewing George Bush, he said, "That okay?" Everyone wants to it's heard and recognized. I don't care who it is or what they've done. Beyoncé, at the end of her, you know, Beyonceness, hands me the mic and says, "Is that okay?"

"It's fundamental. And this is what I learned from that, you know? I paid attention. I would say one of my greatest-- assets, greatest gifts is that I not just pay attention in an interview, I pay attention to my life. I pay attention to my life."

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