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By Marc Inocencio
She has been the queen of talk for 25 years, the founder of O, The Oprah Magazine, currently the CEO of her own television network, a noted “Bo$$” in Fifth Harmony‘s new single, and now, she’s trekking the country to spread her words of wisdom.
Oprah Winfrey, who recently covered her magazine’s September makeover issue, phoned in to On Air with Ryan Seacrest to discuss her upcoming tour, Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend, and — for a split second — managed to make her segment The Oprah Winfrey Show by giving Ryan and Ellen K. some wise advice.
At the top of the interview, the busiest woman in Hollywood and the busiest man in show business had an exhausting conversation about their hectic work schedule and how it affects their day-to-day.
“I had a lot of days where I couldn’t remember — does this happen to you guys — a lot of days where I couldn’t remember what I done that day,” she says. “So at the end of the day, if someone said who was on the first show this morning, I couldn’t tell you.”
Although she has mastered the art of multi-tasking and created a billion-dollar empire in the process, the 60-year-old admits, “This is what I would say if I had to do it all over: I’d be a little more mindful of it, you guys. So let me advise you from my perch of looking back.
“Just be a little more mindful of it because now, literally, I look at tapes, I’ll see shows and I’ll think, ‘Oh yeah, was I there?”’ Oprah says in hindsight. “I know that’s me sitting in the chair, but things were happening so fast that you sort of don’t take it all in. It’s like what Barbara Walters had told me. That she’d been around the world, but she never really saw anything because she’s in all these cities, but you’re just just in and out, in and out.”
After Oprah told Ryan to take it down “two notches” after he admitted to feelings of guilt for taking time for himself, the two segued into her upcoming The Life You Want tour.
“So the tour is really what I really wanted to do all those years on The Oprah Show, guys. My favorite shows were shows at the end where I knew people had big ah-ha moments for themselves,” she reveals. “So, it’s The Life You Want Weekend is really just one great ah-ha after another with me taking some of my thought leaders like Iyanla Vanzant and Elizabeth Gilbert — Eat Pray Love — and Deepak Chopra along with me to help people step into their life, you know, to be more mindful, to take control, all that good stuff.”
Ryan then asked Oprah, who is adding a new line of decaf tea for her non-profit Teavana Oprah Chai Tea, if happiness is a personal choice, and if so, why is it difficult for people to fall into that mindset.
“Oh yeah, it’s a brain thing too. Because a lot of people, it depends upon what your template was when you were like born and raised and how you look at life,” she answers. “The biggest question I have discovered all those years doing the Oprah Show is whether or not your believe the universe is for you or against you.
“And if you don’t believe the universe is for you, then you could find a million reasons why you never do anything and you blame the world for all of your experiences and all of your difficulties,” she continues. “But yes, it’s a choice.”
For tickets to get inspired at Oprah’s multi-city speaking tour, head over to OprahWeekend.com or click here.
Check out the schedule for Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend below:
September 5-6: Atlanta, Georgia (Philips Arena)
September 12-13: Auburn Hills, Michigan (The Palace of Auburn Hills)
September 19-20: Washington D.C. (Verizon Center)
September 26-27: Newark, New Jersey (Prudential Center)
October 17-18: Houston, Texas (Toyota Center)
October 24-25: Miami, Florida (American Airlines Arena)
November 7-8: Seattle, Washington (KeyArena at Seattle Center)
November 14-15: San Jose, California (Sap Center at San Jose)