Oprah Turns-off The Lights to 25 Seasons of “Change-Your-Life” TV!

(Part VIII) Reinvent Your Game, Future-Proof Your Dreams: (Old-School Flava)
How Celebs & Pros Go from Played-out to Poppin’ Again!

 Chicago’s United Center was rocking. Oprah taped her final episodes. Thousands of friends and celebs gathered for the send-off. After 25 years, she’s decided to pack it up. But she’s not done. With the launch of her OWN channel, there’s another chapter yet to unfold. How did she stay #1 for so long?

In her words, it was because she kept reinventing herself. We sometimes saw it over the years with a change in style. She changed her hair from long to short. She lost weight and gained it back. At one time she wore clothes that looked outdated. Today she’s dressed by the best and hangs with the greatest.

Many remember her most watched episode. She showed what 67 pounds of fat look like. Oprah realized that reinventing herself also needed to occur in substance. So, she launched many “life makeover” campaigns. This added to her reputation of producing “change-your-life” TV.

She also found a way to reinvent herself in service. Oprah helped give book clubs broader appeal. She made many authors famous. She gave back to the community through her Angel Network. She expanded on her legacy by funding a school for girls in South Africa. These speak highly of her life’s work.

You might look back like she did to appreciate her grandeur. She started as a local TV personality. At some point Oprah was told she wouldn’t make it. Maybe it was at this time she made up her mind to go for it. There’s no denying, the “queen of media” has come a long way from Baltimore to the big leagues.


(Part VIII) Reinvent Your Game, Future-Proof Your Dreams: (New-School Flava)
How Celebs & Pros Go from Played-out to Poppin’ Again!

The United Center was rocking. The rich and famous were jockeying. As Oprah taped her final show. Daytime TV has been struck a blow. But Oprah’s not done yet. She’s already heard ‘on your mark, get set.’ With the launch of her TV network OWN. There’s no reason to bitch and moan.

How did she stay #1 this long? Will-i-am might answer in a song. She made it work by reinventing. Which is like a farmer who does replanting. Sometimes she did it in style. Looking better and better after a while. Going from outdated looking clothes. To being dressed by the fashion pros.

At one time she lost 67 pounds. Celebrating it all around. Using animal fat to prove. How to lose weight and find a new groove. Reinventing herself in substance. Just as important in style and romance. Promoting many “life makeover” campaigns. With “change-your-life” TV showing the sun and rain.

She gave book clubs broader appeal. Making authors famous for keeping it real. Reinventing herself in service. Helping many who were novice. Giving back to the community. Through her Angel Network property. Expanding on her life’s work and legacy. Funding a school to encourage academic supremacy.

You might look back to discover. Her larger-than-life grandeur. Starting out on local TV. Living her dreams to become the best she could be. Being told she wouldn’t make it. She decided that was bull*. Turning the show into a national bully-pulpit. So there’s no denying. The “queen of media” is not retiring.               

Tip: Reinventing yourself means going from good to better to best in between the times you take a rest.

Talkback: How has the Oprah Show impacted Daytime TV and the national conversation?

P. Diddy Gives Dirty Money a New Appeal for Bringing Home the Bacon

(Part 7) Reinvent Your Game, Future-Proof Your Dreams: (Old-School Flava)
How Celebs & Pros Go from Played-out to Poppin’ Again!

They say a cat has nine lives. Well, P Diddy is no cat, but he sure can reinvent himself. Just look at how many times he’s changed his name. Now his new Diddy-Dirty-Money crew is riding the music charts. He’s got all the big-name collabs on the album. He’s a musician turned mogul. Diddy is sitting pretty.

It’s all about collecting the check. That’s what makes him tick. But it’s his work ethic that makes things click. He’s sometimes seen as a perfectionist. Diddy is willing to work day and night until he gets the track right. His peers admire him for how he’s been able to flip the script in keeping things hip.

First there were the days of Puff Daddy. He was responsible for launching a few well-known artists. Then he became more affectionately called Puffy. He later went by P Diddy as a way to break away from a close call with the law. He wanted to pick-up the pieces and get back to doing what he loved best.

His career started out as a party promoter. This prepared him to become a rapper and record producer. He also found time for movies. His songs became crowd favorites. Diddy knows that reinventing yourself and staying current is in balancing what you love to do with what the marketplace wants from you.

Some people might call him Sean John. Those are his first and middle names. But it’s the name of his clothing line as well. It’s like a reflection of his personal style. This brings fresh and happiness. It’s about swagger and living larger. Throw-in some fragrances and you’ll be looking, feeling and smelling good!


(Part 7) Reinvent Your Game, Future-Proof Your Dreams: (New-School Flava)
How Celebs & Pros Go from Played-out to Poppin’ Again!

A cat has nine lives. Diddy has no wives. But he knows game reinvention. Just look at his name-changing convention. Now his Diddy-Dirty-Money Crew. Makes him rock like new. Rising up the charts. Playing his music mogul part. Lots of big-name collabs. With others keeping tabs.

The Benjamins make him tick. But his work ethic makes things click. Working day and night. To get the beats and rhymes right. Sometimes seen as a perfectionist. His life-story has some bumps and twists. Peers admire him for flipping the script. Keeping things jumping and most of all hip.

First it was Puff Daddy. Working for artists like a golf Caddy. Launching many careers. Dreaming and believing past his fears. Then affectionately Puffy. By then he was a lot less scruffy. Wanting to break away. From the past to the present day. P Diddy seems more official. But just Diddy makes it crucial.

Started out on the party scene. As a promoter and rap machine. Then as a record producer. Bad Boy Records his money earner. Releasing hit after hit. Not giving up, not wanting to quit. Staying current, keeping pace. Balancing passion and buzz in the marketplace.

Some see him as Sean John. For his clothing line deemed number one. Taken from his first and middle names. But it’s also about his style and acclaim. Mixing fresh with happiness. And good times with success. It’s about swagger and living larger. With fragrances for the grown and sexier.                 

Tip: Reinventing yourself means finding new ways for bringing home the bacon.

Talkback: How has Diddy’s showmanship and reinvention helped boost his career?

Simon Cowell And Paula Abdul on X-Factor, Love At First Sight!

(Part 6) Reinvent Your Game, Future-Proof Your Dreams: (Old-School Flava)
How Celebs & Pros Go from Played-out to Poppin’ Again!

 Simon Cowell on Idol, those were the days. It seems like yesterday. Paula Abdul and Cowell giving feedback to contestants. That duo left. But is being revived on the new X-Factor. This is Cowell’s baby! Not Abdul, but the show. Cowell’s like the comeback kid because he’s not afraid of failure.

His rise to stardom says something about having the X-factor. Cowell had seen success before and lost it all. His reinvention involved taking time to re-group. After going back home to live with his parents he found a way to reload. His career re-launch helped position him as a judge on Britain’s Pop Idol.

This is exactly what he’s doing now with the X-Factor. After leaving Pop Idol to join American Idol, Cowell became a “love-or-hate-him” judge. He left the show after nine seasons because he started to feel bored. Cowell is looking to do it again as he regroups, reloads and re-launches himself on the X-Factor.

Cowell might agree that reinventing your game is about showcasing your gifts and talents. Not everybody can sing or dance, but everybody can turn their gifts into glory. Reinventing your game is also about showing some grit. Cowell’s smile reveals someone who balances “grit and burn” with “win and earn.”

Any successful person will tell you that overcoming the fear of failure helps to future-proof your dreams. In Cowell’s own words, “it’s like getting ready to ride the Roller Coaster. You suddenly become excited. For a brief moment you’re kind of scared. But in the long run you end up having a good time.”   


(Part 6) Reinvent Your Game, Future-Proof Your Dreams: (New-School Flava)
How Celebs & Pros Go from Played-out to Poppin’ Again!

Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul to team-up. Hoping to take a new show to the top. It seems like yesterday. When both had something to say. As contestants did their thing. To be crowned as Idol Queen of King. Cowell is like the comeback kid. Writing “hello fear” on his success grid.

Cowell had seen success before. Then lost the gig and the store. Rising to stardom from his parent’s living room. Now looking to help the X-Factor boom. Reinventing by taking time to regroup. While sipping on some chicken soup. Finding a way to reload. Re-launching his career bigger than a toad.

Going from Britain’s Pop Idol. To judging on American Idol. After nine seasons he became bored. So he left with all the hits he done scored. Looking to do it again. With Abdul as a judge and long lost friend. He regroups, reloads and re-launches his game. With the new X-Factor flame.

Reinventing his fame. Showcasing the same. Weaving talents into a compelling story. It’s how you turn gifts into glory. Not everybody can sing and dance. But for success everybody has a chance. Cowell’s found a way to balance “grit and burn.” With his signature smile he knows how to “win and earn.”

He’s living proof. Of how to take success through the roof. Overcoming the fear of failure. Giving time for your dreams to nurture. It’s like getting on a Roller Coaster. Part excited and slight happier. For a brief moment you’re a bit scared. About what should be feared. But in the long run. The ride’s lots of fun.           

Tip: Reinventing yourself means even if you’re scared you face whatever it is you’ve feared.

Talkback: Will Paula Abdul help X-Factor become a hit or is that Simon’s job?

Did Chad Ochocinco Think Soccer Would Help Improve His Footwork?

(Part 5) Reinvent Your Game, Future-Proof Your Dreams: (Old-School Flava)
How Celebs & Pros Go from Played-out to Poppin’ Again!

Where’s Steven A. Smith when you need him? He’s probably catching up on NBA Playoff stats. Plus, with the NFL Draft just completed, He’s got to be busy. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Chad Ochocinco talks soccer. He recently tried out for the pro leagues. What do these guys know about reinventing yourself?

Well, Ochocinco went back to his childhood dreams and first love. He wanted to give pro soccer a shot in case the NFL lockout drags on. It’s as if he wanted to re-purpose his game. He’s certainly a gifted athlete. Ochocinco might have thought he had nothing to lose and everything to gain.

After his playing days are over, he’ll have to re-package his game. Who knows, maybe working in the broadcast booth at soccer games. Success after one career is all about how you reinvent yourself. But it’s also about how you re-package your game to get the most out of your skills and talents.

Steven A. Smith knows too well how that works. He’s had to re-package his skills to rise up the ranks. Over the years Smith has worked for TV, radio and print media outlets. Ochocinco might have seen soccer as a way to speed-up his footwork. Reinventing yourself can help you blow-up your ratings.

Step out of your comfort zone to raise your game. Re-examine your game or even re-name yourself. That’s how Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali. Gnarls Barkley became Cee-lo Green. And Chad Johnson became Chad Ochocinco. It’s worked for others. How might reinvention work for you?    


(Part 5) Reinvent Your Game, Future-Proof Your Dreams: (New-School Flava)
How Celebs & Pros Go from Played-out to Poppin’ Again!

Calling Steven A. Smith! Looking to hear his sports wit. He’s probably catching-up on stats. Or picking names from a hat. With the NBA playoffs in high gear. Smith knows the team to fear. But we digress. As Ochocinco has to confess. He talked soccer during the off-season. What was his reason?

Ochocinco went back to his childhood. Thinking with pro soccer he could make good. Wanted to give it a shot. In case the NFL lockout wouldn’t clot. Looking to re-purpose his game. Planning to ditch his Wide Receiver acclaim. Thinking he had nothing to lose. With other careers to choose.

After his playing days are done. He’ll have to find new ways to have fun. Maybe working for a broadcast station. Calling games for soccer nation. He’s a gifted athlete. Already shows how to compete. To reinvent is to re-package his game. Making the most of his skills, talents and Reality TV fame.

Steven A. knows how that works. Having to re-package his perks. Rising up the ranks, putting in some sweat. In TV, radio and print media outlets. Ochocinco using soccer to speed-up his footwork. Taking no chances with a slowdown of his day’s work. Reinventing himself to blow-up like fireworks.

Whether on sport radio or NFL TV. Reinventing your way to success is key. Step out your comfort zone, raise your game. Re-name yourself with no shame. Cassius Clay became Ali. Chad Johnson became Ochocinco. Gnarls Barkley became Cee-lo Green. That’s reinvention to breakout your scene.     

Tip: Reinventing yourself means using clockwork to improve your footwork and blow-up like fireworks.

Talkback: Now that Ochocinco has tried-out for pro soccer, will his decision help or hurt his NFL career?