I came across this article about Oprah interviewing for a President for her company. During the interview, Oprah asks each candidate, “What is your spiritual practice?”
As a publicist in a challenging industry dealing with multiple personalities and situations, I found in order to truly sustain a prosperous career, one must be spiritually grounded.
The sports and entertainment industry can be overwhelming with many temptations to get involved with negative people and situations. It’s a fast-paced, money hungry and thirsty industry of everyone trying to be “Hollywood.” In order to maintain being level-headed, spiritual practice is essential. My career is based on my spiritual foundation. I feel my career choice to work in public relations was a calling. During the course of my career, I struggled amongst many decisions that would affect my career. Those decisions included accepting projects, working and representing people that would not benefit my career growth. In order for me to stay afloat and not allow myself to get involved in making unethical and immoral behavior decisions, I had to ensure my spiritual foundation was a priority. My spiritual practice has led me to make sound-minded decisions based on gut spiritual feelings in knowing the difference between right and wrong. My spiritual foundation has helped to understand the power in “No.” The industry is very impressionable and full of negativity, which can lead one to easily follow. My spiritual foundation is extremely solid and I have never been tempted to sell my soul for the gratification to be instant-famous or become successful based on someone else’s success. The spiritual practice includes taking pride in my mission and purpose to be of service in the public relations industry. In addition, spiritual practice entails scripture guidance, reading, prayer, and meditation. In addition, it’s important I continue to work hard and my education, work, skills, and experience be of value. I want to be hired based on my talents and the integrity I embody. All these factors are important to me in doing business. I believe the way you start, is the way you end. How you treat people, will circle back to you.
I understand Oprah’s stand on how she interviews the next Presidential candidate to run her company. That person has to embody Oprah’s spiritual lifestyle and culture.
Oprah Winfrey asked this unorthodox interview question to find an executive for her television network.
Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NAACP Image Awards Media mogul and self-made billionaire Oprah Winfrey. When Oprah Winfrey searched for a president for her television network, the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), she whittled down applicants with a question that made some people very uncomfortable, she says at a recent presentation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. One woman even burst out crying.
It was: “What is your spiritual practice?”
First of all, the woman who cried was immediately taken out of the running, Winfrey says. But for those who protested that they weren’t religious, Winfrey clarified that she wasn’t asking about religion, she was asking about their inner relationship with themselves.
She was getting at, “What do you do for yourself? What do you do to keep yourself centered?” she says.
She asks this because she considers her “secret to success” the fact that she is grounded in her own self and looks for others who are, as well. If we know who we are and what we want from life, Winfrey believes, then we can build meaningful relationships with others to make our visions reality.
“Everybody wants to fulfill the highest, truest expression of yourself as a human being,” Winfrey says. “And because I understand that, I understand that if you work in a bakery and that’s where you want to be, and that may be what you’ve always wanted to do … then that’s for you. And there’s no difference between you and me, except that’s your platform, that’s your show. So my understanding of that has allowed me to reach everyone.”
Business Insider by Richard Feloni