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Oprah Presents Master Class with Jay-Z and Diane Sawyer

By January 9, 2011

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Everyone has a story, and from their story comes life lessons to be shared. The idea for Oprah Presents Master Class is a brilliant one: bring people who are at the top of their industry in front of a camera to simply share their wisdom, their experience, their lessons, their story with the viewers of OWN.

The first episode of Master Class featured hip-hop mogul Jay-Z, who opened up about his childhood growing up in Brooklyn in the Marcy Projects, experiencing both a life of crime and of music, and how striving for excellence has brought his empire to where it is today. From Jay-Z's class, I took away the ideas of starting with what you know, and to stop letting a failure derail the path to excellence, instead, to view each setback as an opportunity to learn and grow.

Diane Sawyer's Master Class was the second to be featured in the series and proved why the television journalist is a class act and news legend. Focusing on her passion for curiosity and the desire to want to ask the questions, uncover the answers, share the stories, and present people and topics in a way that viewers are able to keep an open mind and see something in a new light, this class was a crash course on how to keep your eyes wide open to everything the world has to offer.

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