Beat the Expectations

     Oprah is famous for using this principle – blasting beyond anyone’s expectations with her generosity and ability to live and work in a BIG way. Do you remember how she launched her nineteenth season in September 2004? When it comes to Oprah, we know to expect some fanfare…but she blew everyone away. That season opener was all the media or anyone else talked about for days afterward.

     Let’s go back in time for a minute…The audience members were selected because their friends and family members had written saying each of them desperately needed a new car. Oprah opened the show by calling eleven people to the stage. She gave everyone one of them a new car – a 2005 Pontiac G6. Then the real surprise: She surpassed everyone’s expectations when she distributed gift boxes to the rest of the audience saying on of the boxes contained a key to the twelfth car. But when the audience members opened their boxes, every one of them had a set of keys. She screamed, “Everybody gets a car! Everybody gets a car!”

     While this might be her most famous example, Oprah continues to go beyond our expectations in most everything she does. In other segments, Oprah surprised a twenty-year-old girl who spent years in foster care and homeless shelters with a four year college scholarship, a makeover and $10,000 in clothes. And, she gave a family with eight foster children who were going to be kicked out of their house $130,000 to pay for and repair their home.

     Now you may be saying, yeah, but she’s Oprah, of course she can do those things. But the truth is there are plenty of others in Oprah’s position – with the finances and the fame – who could do those things, but never venture into the realm of extraordinary. Oprah does. That’s what makes her Oprah. Take a lesson from here. You can do more than expected in every aspect of your life. (INCLUDING YOUR HEALTH)