Oprah Reveals New Motto, Admits It's '10 Times Harder' to Run OWN Than Talk Show

To a Twitter follower who asked if she's "frazzled" by her network’s performance, she says, "Nope."
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Oprah Winfrey has a new motto: "The next right decision."

The former talk show host -- who faces a lawsuit from a New Jersey woman over one of her other mottos, "Own your power" -- revealed her new mantra in a Facebook post on Monday.

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She says she "spent my first full week at OWN merging new staff with Harpo folks. Alignment is the first step in getting anything to work. We all had a great week. Although if you saw my tweet, you noticed I could use some better office furniture."

She says they're also focusing on Rosie O'Donnell's new talk show for fall. "I watched in awe this past Friday as she sat in a room full of critics, (Television Critics Association) and made them actually LOL," she wrote.

Winfrey also discussed a Twitter follower asking her if she was "frazzled" by OWN's performance so far. The network, which launched on Jan. 1, has struggled in ratings and faced some executive turnover.

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"Nope, not frazzled. And I have faith that if I do what I'm supposed to—allow it to serve my purpose, and you, the viewer—it will succeed," wrote Winfrey. "Everyone in the cable business told me it would take 3 years. Some said 5. I've been here a week."

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"Lorne Michaels, master creator/producer told me months ago, 'it won't start to come together until you're there,'" added Winfrey. "So I made myself CEO and now in the trenches with Erik [Logan] and Sheri [Salata] who've masterfully run Harpo, now also Presidents of OWN. We're uniting and building our team."

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But, Winfrey admits, "I will say this; it's 10 times harder than doing my daily show. Doing that show felt like breathing everyday. Now I'm in so many meetings I sometimes have to step out and catch a breath."

She's not daunted.

"But I see every challenge as an opportunity. So no shortage of opportunities here," she says. "I know the same is true for your life.  My experience is a network, yours is whatever is calling you right now. Get clarity. Don't allow yourself to be overwhelmed. Don't be defeated by mistakes. Learn from them. We have a new motto..."The next right decision"...what is it?"

She then signed off with "onward!"

 

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