As a kid, my mom will attest to the fact that I loved watching entertainment shows. Anything that had a host, I loved watching it! My dream growing up was to be one of those hosts someday. I just knew that’s what I loved!
I am very thankful that I have been blessed to achieve that goal. But the road to get there was a challenging one. In my early years of television I was told continually by just about everyone, the only way to get to host an entertainment or game show was to get out of my comfort zone and first have a career in broadcast journalism (news)
That meant even though I didn’t care for the news that much, I would have a to do it for a number of years to professionally earn my stripes. It was like basically telling me, “get out of your comfort zone.” So being my young and aggressive self, I willingly set my sights on obtaining an on-air news position and landed my first job in West Virginia.
Get Out of Your Comfort Zone Like Oprah
But as I grew into the profession of television news I began to see that my job was not congruent with my core values. The news was a very negative atmosphere and I shockingly learned in an interview with Oprah, that she thought exactly the same way:
“My openness is the reason I did not do so well as a news reporter. Because I used to go on assignment and be so open that I would say to people at fires (and they’ve lost their children)“That’s Okay. You don’t have to talk to me.” Well, then you go back to the newsroom, and the news director says, “What do you mean they didn’t have to talk to you?” I’d say, “But she just lost her child, and you know I just felt so bad.” So, I didn’t do very well. I was too involved. I’d go to funerals of people and not go in. I wouldn’t talk to them, disturb them, and cry on the air.”
Like Oprah, I began to realize that my purpose in life, the one that drives a stronger passion, was absent. My guess is that like me, many of you have a passion to effect people for the greater good, to make them smile and enjoy themselves. I felt so strongly about my convictions that in 2006 I was willing to walk away from the news altogether to pursue that passion.
It’s Time For YOU to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
What I learned is that sometimes you just have to go out on limb and take a risk in life. You must do the same if you truly want to live out your dream. It’s not an easy road and I will never tell you that it is.
But if there’s one thing you need to know about life, it’s that you must get out of your comfort zone and do what might feel crazy at times, but as long as you listen to your inner convictions, somehow you’ll always find your way.