Mental Toughness training fans from around the world should be watching the abuse Oprah Winfrey is taking in the media about her new TV show, the Big Give. USA Today and Fox news are just two examples in the last 24 hours. While the world’s richest woman attempts to help people in need, the media (which caters to middle class thinkers, because they represent the majority of the population) is slamming her for capitalizing on the concept. This is CLASSIC middle class thinking rooted in fear and scarcity. This type of reporting is why so many of us grow up with limiting beliefs about success. Oprah, if you’re listening, THANK YOU for sharing your wealth and wisdom with the world. I hope you and your company benefits from your good works. After all, isn’t THAT the American way? I’ll look forward to your comments. ( 4:56 )
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6 thoughts on “The Middle-Class Mauling of Oprah’s TV Show, The Big Give”
Good Point Steve. I think it was Michael Beckwith who said on another Oprah show “Mediocrity always attacks excellence.”
Sure Oprah is making money after all, she is in business isn’t she? She didn’t get to be the richest woman in America because she was stupid. What better way to maake money than to help people?
If you think Oprah’s Big Give is something you should be following her weekly “class” with Eckardt Tolle on his book “A New Earth.” He has some very interesting things to say about the ego which fit right in with Mental Toughness. More amazingly she is hosting for free a weekly 90 minute video feed which handles over 500,000 participants. I don’t think anyone has every got that many people online at once to talk about a book that deals with how we think and who we are. She really is an amazing person.
RIGHT ON!!! we will have to listen to the pandering to the middle class thinkers from now until the election…I dont care much for thr”O” in most matters but she definitely has the ways and means to help people and spread the wealth.Middle class thinkers want the government to do what Ophrah is doing by punishing the acheivers in society,taking what they’ve earned ,and giving it away to whom they choose
This is a little off the subject of Oprah, but your comments (and I totally agree with them) made me start to think about discomfort many of us still have even though we are working on getting out of middle class thinking. I hope I can verbalize my thoughts. How do we know if when promoting our companies products and services, which have some benefits for sure but sometimes seems like it is overpriced or has too many fees etc. …if this is ok because we are in a capitalistic society (which I am happy about, by the way)? Should it concern us? Not running the large corporation personally, I obviously can’t control that, should I care? Is this again more middle class thinking? Should I be glad the company makes money even if sometimes it seems like too much of a price for the service? In other words does it matter if the profits are justified? Is there a measure for fairness? I hope you understand the question and I would like to have your insight. Love this blog by the way.
Hats off to you, Steve! I couldn’t agree more, on both points. Oprah is doing a courageous and wonderful thing. And the crass and cowardly potshots from the media do nothing but underscore the writers’ own mediocrity.
Thank you so much for giving a name to what holds people back in all walks of life — “Middle Class Thinking.” Those who oppose Oprah’s new show are uncomfortable with her self-promotion, let alone that it benefits others in the world. These same people, because of their discomfort cannot promote themselves or their companies’ products and services even though these products and services may benefit others. The “world class’ ability to self-promote and benefit as others benefit is key — it’s a two-way street, the real win-win, not just words. Thanks for making it clear!
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