A Day in the Life of Oprah’s PA ...Part Two
OPB 2019 keynote speaker and global adventurer Libby Moore loves inspiring people, and companies to achieve their life purpose. We interviewed Libby about her time with Oprah, as her Chief of Staff. This is part two of a three part series. Click here to read part one.
What advice would you give to someone starting out in their career?
Try your best to be yourself always with all people in all situations. Don’t try to be like other people, be the best version of who you truly are. People respond favourably to authentic people.
Ask questions. When you get hired people do not expect you to know everything, especially when you first start. Have the courage to ask questions.
On my first day of the job with Oprah I asked her, “what are the top three best things that your assistants have done in the past that you loved, and what are the top two things that really bugged you? Make sure you are doing the things that they really LOVE!
Be Truthful. When someone asks your opinion, answer honestly and truthfully. If you stick to your truth, people will notice you, and they see that you have courage.
Be kind and generous with your co-workers. Compliment people you see doing a good job. Look people in the eyes when you talk with them. Be genuine. Extend a helping hand when needed. Generosity of Spirit goes very far, and people will never forget you.
Listen to your gut/your intuition. If you are going into work every day with your stomach in knots, you are in the wrong job.
If you ever get fired, it’s because you did not have the courage to leave on your own. It’s the Universe’s way of pointing you in a better direction.
What was the best piece of advice ever given to you?
I was about a year into the job with Oprah, and I was still super overwhelmed with the amount of work and responsibilities that flowed through her office daily. It was around 11:30pm at night and I was still in my office trying to get through my e-mails.
I was looking at piles of papers all over my desk and staring at the computer screen of about a hundred unread e-mails. In my stress and exhaustion, I started to cry. In my head, I was saying, “I can’t do this. It’s too much. I can’t do this.” I kept repeating that. And all of a sudden, I heard this voice say, “you’re not supposed to do it, you’re supposed to let ‘me’ do it.”
It came twice, "you’re not supposed to do it, you’re supposed to let me do it.”
I immediately sat up in my chair and stopped crying. I understood exactly what that meant. I am supposed to open myself up to allow a higher power to work through me.
You can interpret “higher power” as you wish.
To me, that voice I heard was “God/The Divine/The Universe” speaking to me, to say, let me work through you. That completely shifted the way I worked and lived from that moment on. It was an epiphany and extraordinary advice.
I look forward to meeting you at OPB 2019 on Friday 3 May, see you there. Click here to purchase your ticket to OPB 2019!
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