4 Pivotal Lessons from Oprah's Last Show
& Barb Recommends Links
I admit it, Jr. Carina and I tuned in for Oprah’s last episode. The program was all Oprah, no guests, and no giveaways. She recounted lessons from the past and engaged in her trademark Oprah wisdom.
There is a reason for her popularity. She gets to the heart of the human condition. Sappy? yes. But I watched the whole episode. The key takeaways follow:
Everyone wants validation.
Her summary espoused how the wealthy, poor, rich, famous, and not, all hunger for recognition and acceptance, just for who we are. Although simplistic, I know I beam when someone acknowledges something I’ve done well. And I feel closer to the giver of the compliment.
We all have the power to make a difference.
This one is my favorite. Although I don’t get down too often, when I do, I wonder whether I’m impacting others. She reminded me that the number of people one helps is not the issue. You are important if you make a difference in one person’s life, twenty, or millions. That one hit home when my neighbor stopped by my garage sale last week and thanked me for making him feel comfortable and welcome at his first homeowner’s association meeting. He went on to offer to throw us a neighborhood “moving” party.
Another Oprah inspired secret, I keep a “gratitude journal.” It really is magic. Train yourself to appreciate the positive in life. Over time, maintaining a thankful and appreciative attitude leads to more wealth in life.
Shine a light on the taboo.
One program she filled the audience with men who had been sexually abused. By publicly acknowledging their abuse, maybe young abused boys will be more willing to call for help and feel less shame.
- The College Investor had two important articles; What to do After Being Banned by Google and A Comprehensive Affiliate Network Marketing List.
- More on the problems with adsense by John Chow
- Yes I am Cheap tells how to save with coupons in just 10 minutes. I’m a coupon failure, but her story rings true!
- The Digerati Life writes about the most frugal cities in the country. Is this for real or not?
- Sweating the Big Stuffwrites about a topic I’ve thought about for decades; how to balance saving and spending.
- Do you pick up loose change off the ground? Squirrelers does (and so do I).
- Here’s a method to boost your income and your on-line presence at ProBlogger by Guest writer Ali Hale of DailyWritingTips.com.
- Moneycrush has a guest post revealing How to Avoid Car Loans Forever by Maria at Family Money Values. (We haven’t had a car loan in decades-learn how it’s done).
- Money Reasons makes reducing debt (almost) fun.
- Wealth Informatics asks, “Are Passive Investors Smarter Than Active Investors?” There’s research to back up this one!
- Credit Scores-boring? Yes. Important? Yes, yes, yes. Read about My Personal Finance Journey’s credit score and how he dissected it. Also, get FREE access to your credit score.
- Early Retirement Extreme compared apartment versus RV living. I was particularly interested in this post as some of my former work friends have quit/retired and are living the RV lifestyle in California. Could you do it?
- Bargaineering writes a clear and informative article about an important economic topic, inflation. Get ready, it’s coming.
- Why I Haven’t Requested a New Laptop by Money Beagle. Okay, this one may be incomprehensible to some-but I totally get it. What’s your take?
Barbara Friedberg Personal Finance Across the Blogosphere
- The Financial Blogger
- Yakezie Carnival at Bucksome Boomer
- MOM’S PLANS-I’m sponsoring a $25.00 giveaway, check it out!
- Modern Tightwad interviewed me a long time ago, but it was a good one!
- The Yakezie; interview with Bethany and Scott Palmer
- The Yakezie; You are Your Brand
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Have you learned anything from Oprah?