Three Lessons I Learned from Oprah’s Lifeclass

If you tune in to this Sunday’s episode of Oprah’s Lifeclass, be prepared to question yourself, what you’re doing and why you’re doing it.

This past Wednesday, I had the opportunity to attend the taping for Sunday’s show, featuring Bishop TD Jakes and, of course, Oprah herself, at Chicago’s Harpo Studios.

Below are the three lessons I learned from Oprah’s Lifeclass (yes, I took I notes!):

1. “To begin a transformation, you must peel back the layers and go to your core.”

Jakes demonstrated this point using a bowl of apples: “An apple is really an orchard,” but in order to reach your true potential, “you have to go beyond the peelings.” Why rot to the core when you can cut to the core? “In the core are the seeds of greatness,” Jakes says. “You are your best when you are at your core.”

2. “Maybe you need to date yourself.”

Too often we worry about improving this guy or that girl, but how much do you really know about yourself?! Jakes highly recommends taking time to truly get to know yourself. Ask the tough questions: What motivates me? What do I add to the room?

3. “Surround yourself with people you want to be like.”

It’s been said that birds of a feather flock together. So if you really want to improve your mindset, you need to surround yourself with like-minded people, Oprah says. “Exposure is important to transformation.”

Check out a preview below and watch the full episode this Sunday, May 4 at 9/8 p.m. CT on OWN.

(Photo credit: Harpo Inc./George Burns)