Oprah took 15 minutes, Jordin Sparks Took 3 minutes to Go ‘Back in Stride’ with Career Goals and Breakout Dreams


By now kids have settled into a new school year. There’s probably been a review period to get them up and running with topics they should know. Then things will shift into learning new stuff. Recently, Oprah took 15 minutes and Jordin Sparks took 3 minutes to show us what ‘back in stride’ in business looks like.

Oprah returned to a role she mastered in her earlier career. As a new contributing host on the CBS program 60 Minutes she said it felt like ‘coming home.’ She moderated a panel discussion on current affairs in a way that would disarm those on the ideological ‘right’ and charm those on the ‘left.’

For Sparks it was a chance to sing the anthem at Monday night’s NFL game on a national stage. She’s been working her way back into pop culture venues after a period of being off the radar. It’s been 10 years since she won American Idol and a lot longer than that since Oprah worked as a news reporter.

What does their return to primetime tell us about reaching a new breakout stage in career goals or biz dreams? There’re things they’ve done which remind us about going from career hold to career gold, from career grind to rewind, from dream seed to dream shoot. In part, it’s in what they did to channel their flow.

After doing daytime talk for 25 years, Oprah decided to launch the OWN Network. She saw it as a next-chapter step in her life’s work. To understand that journey from start to destiny is to see her professional shifts from job to career to vocation. But it’s not always that ambitious or straightforward for everyone.


In the case of Sparks, she kinda disappeared from the scene after injury to her vocal cords. She says it was a close call of possibly not being able to sing professionally again. She took time off for rest. What happened for her in the downtime and for Oprah in the meantime was what they did in ‘service to grow.’

To understand this, think about the story of the Chinese bamboo tree. When the seed is first planted there’s a period of no visible change or growth. This goes on for three or four years. Then suddenly after a while the bamboo tree can grow to heights of 70, 80, 90 feet or more in the space of a few weeks.

While nothing visible was happening it was still doing things in service to grow. That’s what Oprah did as she became cable channel OWNer. There was a period of ifs and buts. It’s what Sparks might also have done when it seemed like her career lights were about to go dark. I’ve been there a time or two as well.

But you realize that when surprise moments come your way that it’s not really a surprise to life. We see this on NBCs The Voice every so often. A contestant starts singing while the judges are turned away in their chair. After hitting the buzzer they turn around to see a face that doesn’t match the voice.

It might surprise the judge, but it’s not a surprise to life that the contestant can ‘sang.’ It was a surprise for some to see Oprah on 60 Minutes or Sparks doing the anthem. But it wasn’t a surprise to life to have that part of their dreams get the green light. They channeled their flow and are reaping what they did sow.

Tip: When you channel your passion’s flow, you’ll reap what you sow as you ‘service your grow.’

Talkback: Who was Oprah ‘channeling’ in her 60 Minutes debut as old-school news reporter?

Tracks: Frankie Beverly – Back in Stride Again – https://youtu.be/waSM0rXDLys

John Legend – Green Light – https://youtu.be/o-AbEO6J8s0


Dr. King’s Legacy Bigger than a Local March and Defined by a Larger Message

This production of “Wise-up Wednesdays” Blogcast by Douette ‘Doc’ Cunningham is a presentation in “social media entertainment from the groove-track of life!”


Theme:–The Year of ‘Uppertunity’ – Get Lifted!”
With Higher Hopes, Bolder Dreams and Greater Teams (Old-School Flava)

“One dream can change the world!” That caption comes from the new ‘Selma’ movie. Executive Produced by Oprah and others, it relives the moments surrounding the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery Alabama. However, Dr. King’s legacy is bigger than a local march and is defined by a larger message.

In one respect the march was a wake-up call to America regarding social conditions of the time. King and others wanted the ‘powers that be’ to see that all was not well with the soul of America. Maybe today’s wake-up call is to address some of the ongoing social, structural and self-starter issues that persist.

During the 60s movement, many events were demonstrations of solidarity. People from different walks of life would come together, sometimes holding hands and singing ‘we shall overcome.’ But a larger point was in how they’d link-up hearts and minds across friends and family. That was their ‘social media.’

They also had to deal with different motives and motivations of those on the frontlines as well as behind the scenes. Some would turn-up looking for confrontation while others were focused on mobilization. So the question each person had to answer then and what we must consider today is “Turn up for what?”

Mark Twain once said “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why!” Well, there are many other important days of our lives. So Dr. King would want us to truly wake-up to a larger sense of purpose, so that when we link-up it’s a matter of turning-up for good.


Theme:–The Year of ‘Uppertunity’ – Get Lifted!”
With Higher Hopes, Bolder Dreams and Greater Teams (New-School Flava)

Change the world with one dream! That’s a snapshot of the ‘Selma’ movie theme. Executive Produced by Oprah and other high rollers. It relives the ’65 march among the Alabama crimson tiders. Well, Dr. King’s legacy bigger than a local march. Defined by a larger message and conviction like blue-jeans starch.

A wake-up call for America to say the least. Social conditions at the time weren’t always a feast. King and others wanted ‘powers that be’ to see. Some people were still fighting to be free. Not all was well with the American soul. So the ‘urgency of now’ became his goal. Searching for solutions to let the good times roll.

At times the 60s movement was a show of solidarity. Also a time for building civil rights clarity. People from different walks of life coming together. Walking hand-in-hand as sister and brother. Singing songs of hope to help them overcome. They’d link-up hearts and minds like a social-media spectrum.

With different motives and motivations along the way. On the frontlines or behind-the-scenes ‘plug and play.’ Some would turn-up looking for confrontation. Others there more focused on mobilization. So the question each had to ask then and even now. “Turn-up for what?” in order to endure anyhow.

“Two most important days” Mark Twain once said. “Day you are born and day you know why” before dead. Many other important days when all’s said and done. Even as you squeeze-in some R&R fun. King’s dream is that to a larger purpose we wake-up. So that for a greater good we’re linked and turn-up.


Tip: When we wake-up to a larger sense of purpose we experience more important days of our lives.
Talkback: How has the Selma movie or other social issue caused you to see the bigger picture?
Groove-Track: John Legend: Let’s Get Lifted (‘Live’ on David Letterman) – http://youtu.be/MSpPpLDYZeQ

This production of “Wise-up Wednesdays” Blogcast by ‘Douette Doc’ Cunningham is a presentation in “social media entertainment from the groove-track of life!”