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“ You have to know what sparks the light in you so that you, in your own way can illuminate the world”
Oprah Winfre

Go with your gut

There is no such thing as a purely logical decision. All human brains have an emotional and logical side.When making a decision of any kind, we use a combination of emotional and logical impulses. That specific emotion, natural to us as humans, is intuition.

When Oprah was deciding on her career she was torn between 2 worlds. What the world was saying to her and what she felt the truth was for her. It felt like an unnatural act for her to stay in reporting. Although she knew she was already positioned in a glamorous job she wasn’t connected with it in an emotional way.

She started to think “What do I really want to do” She knew she didn’t want to stay in reporting. Knowing what do you don’t want to do is the best possible place to be in because it only leaves you to figure out what it is you really want to doing.

Oprah got demoted from her position. The producers wanted to fire her but they didn’t want to give her a final payout as her contract was still running so they put her in a talk show instead. The moment she sat down and talked to an ice cream man and his multiple flavors’ was the moment she knew she found her purpose. She found her calling. She found something she could relate to and that gave her purpose

When she got the call to go the Chicago she knew it was the right thing for her even if she didn’t succeed and every person told her (except her best friend) that she was going to fail. Her bosses told her she was going to fail, that Chicago was racist, that she would be swallowed up because some other hot shot was there and basically she wouldn’t survive. They threw everything at her to convince her to stay including a car and apartment to which she declined. Why? She went with her gut. It felt right even if she was going to fail.

The truth is from the very beginning is to listen to your instinct. All the best decisions in life come from your gut instinct and you will know that it’s the right move.

Her definition of luck is preparation and meeting the moment of opportunity. And she knew she could do it. She had a bigger vision and went with her gut instinct.