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Steve Harvey opened the new season of Oprah’s Lifeclass with life lessons from his new book Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success: Discovering Your Gift and the Way to Life’s Riches. Mr. Harvey went from being a college dropout to living in his car to becoming an award-winning talk show host, successful game show host with best-selling books, and a popular radio show. He said the one of the most important lessons he learned was separating his talent from his gift.
Steve shared very practical advice from his life. He is not ashamed of his journey has been in every stage of life. He has gone from poverty to success and back down before finally realizing his dreams. The comedian shared stories from a humorous, serious and emotional aspect. He feels lucky and has given the credit to his creator but also made it very plain that he put in the work so when the stage was set he could walk onto it knowing he was prepared.
Mr. Harvey always thought his talent was going to take him to the pinnacle of his purpose. He is funny and is a talented comedian but his gift is being able to take information and transpose it. Steve learned he has been gifted to take information and make it funny, empowering, or inspirational. Whatever the audience Steve has the unique gifting to express it to whoever needs to receive it. Steve explained the difference between talent and gift as follows:
Your talent allows you to have a wonderful career, but your gift has a direct connection to your calling. Your career is what you pay for and your gift is what you are made for.
The viewers of Oprah’s Lifeclass were privy to a conversation with one of the “Original Kings of Comedy” describing as he shared his life on the road of success. They learned how to find success and what changes are necessary in order to be more successful. One thing Steve said to encourage those who were experiencing delays or the pain of making a mistake is:
The road to success is paved with construction.
There are always going to be bumps, potholes and detours on the path of success. These are all positioned to teach valuable lessons that would have been missed otherwise but are necessary experiences for lasting success. Once people have reached a certain level of success they should not get comfortable because a detour is coming. Life is filled with change and people can either partake in the change or resist it.
Steve said in order to be successful it is important to identify and not be snagged by key phrases that other people will use to keep them stagnant. One of the biggest ones is, “Do not forget where you came from.” The best-selling author said it is not a matter of forgetting where a person has come from but what they must do is connect with the people who are where they are trying to go. According to Mr. Harvey:
You cannot pull everyone along in your wagon of success. You have to know when it is time to cut certain people loose. This has nothing to do with remembering where you came from, but everything to do when understanding where you want to go.
Steve told the “Lifeclassers” it is perfectly normal to experience fear; for a successful outcome a person’s dream must be bigger than their fear. Too often people get stuck in a place because they have allowed fear to paralyze them. More often than not, this happens when people tell their big dreams to small-minded people. This is why it is imperative to change circles; visionaries must learn to tell their dreams to others who have vision and are operating in the arena of a successful life.
Steve and Oprah spoke very candidly about the ingredients of success. They discussed what it takes to achieve a dream as well as things one must avoid while in route. The class which was based on Steve’s new book was rendered in conversational style which left room for audience questions and for the experts to collectively render solutions.
The conversation did not end with this week’s episode but will carry over to next week’s Lifeclass. Oprah’s Lifeclass is an Emmy award-winning, interactive social experience which allows millions of students around the globe to participate in inspiring conversations. Some are on location while others are online via the OWN app, website and even social media. For each class Oprah is joined by an expert she has hand-picked for the topic to be discussed; together they interact with viewers around the globe to share principles and tools that can help people live more meaningful and fulfilling lives.
Part one of Steve Harvey’s lifeclass experience aired Sunday on OWN at 9:00 EST where the conversation was based on Steve’s new book, Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success: Discovering Your Gift and The Way To Life’s Riches. Part two of Oprah’s Lifeclass will air next Sunday at the same time featuring none other than the successful businessman,” Steve Harvey. In the interim, Steve’s long-awaited book will be available online and in bookstores September 9, 2014.
By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)